Standing ovation for alpine icon at Ouray Ice Fest


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fist clamp
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Jeff Lowe changed my life. No joke. When I was a 13 year old kid I read about him in my oldest brothers climbing books and mags. He was literally, the one person I wanted to emulate most. Other kids had Micheal Jordan.

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Thanks for posting. Always good to recognize those that have shown us the way.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Wow great photos

Jan 13, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
MH2 -- "A vein of gold."

That's got to be it.

Well done men .....

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
RIGHT ON!!! Jeff is one of my all time heros. Great to see and thanks for the pics Jim.

All the best to Jeff.

Boulder, CO
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
ice in Ouray this time of year?

really? whodathunk.

I have a three day weekend next week. Was thinking hotsprings and ice climbing. Ouray? really? Jim?

Thanks for posting this up.

A little trivia - it was Jello that gave me the inspiration for the first official SushiFest. I wish I could find that first post.
the post that started it all.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Awesome and inspiring for sure!!!
Thanks Jim and Jeff!

Trad climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Thanks for posting this, Jim. I was amazed in the mid-70's when I first became aware of Jeff and some of what he had already accomplished in climbing, tool development, new routes, writing, and photography, ... and continue to be amazed when I am reminded of what he has accomplished since.

Thank you Jeff for all you have done for climbing and for the inspiration you've given many of us!

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 14, 2013 - 01:50am PT
Wow !

I don't know what to say, I am just compelled to say something.
To make note. To offer recognition.

Uncle Jimbo:
Thanks for taking the time/effort to put this post together.

I know what your Brotherhood with Jeff means to you.
This thread is at the same time heart saddening...
and a total inspiration.

Our time is short
our dear friends and family...
priceless !

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:06am PT
Huzzah! Right on!

Another one worth coming out of hibernation for!

I saw Steve House's tweet of this earlier today and was going to post something, but I'm glad Donini beat me.... done with style and way better!

Go on ya jello! You have the attitude that for life, period, that is immensely inspiring. We should all aspire to that.


Social climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:30am PT
What a fabulous thread. Thanks Jim, thanks Jeff and also jealous for all who were there for the gathering. Rad !

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:37am PT
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:04am PT
Thank you, Mrs. Donini, for the pix!

Groovy-looking tights and the rack's loaded up w/tris!

from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:02am PT
i stand. i stomp.
i promote strauss on the playlist.

offering: gruondsplashed steaming chamomile from my icy porch.
also, sprached out for general safe keeping of the jello.

no seriously!

Trad climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:53am PT
That looked like so much fun.

It really must of been a blast to meet up with so many old friends, and

Jim, your lucky to have Angela around to take charge of the tech. stuff!

Wish I had been there!


Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 14, 2013 - 08:05am PT
Very nice awards write up and retrospective there, Jim!

Hail Jello!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:36am PT
How freekin' cool is this?

Thanks Jim, and hats off to Jeff, again and again and again......
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Jeff's article about Zion in Ascent is what got me curious about the place.

Did anybody get a photo of the Jeff Lowe Award?

That sculptor made an interesting piece.

Trad climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:20am PT
Well done! Great job facilitating this. Jello is likely why I started ice climbing 20+ years ago. I remember seeing him climb in Vail I think..... when I was a full on Noob. I remember thinking, I want to climb ice like he does. I certainly never reached that level of proficiency but he certainly inspired me to become better.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Wow, kinda speechless, unusual for me. Beautiful, wonderful history, love and support...

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