Standing ovation for alpine icon at Ouray Ice Fest


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Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:09am PT
I was fortunate to meet both Jeff, and Jim(on separate occasions) a few years ago
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:12am PT
What a splendid occasion and report!

Thanks for sharing the gathering with us.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:24am PT
I'm with Toker Villain - I still remember the poetry of Jeff's Zion article.
Coincidentally, I met him in front of the same hanger a couple of years after
that picture was taken. OK, maybe not such a coincidence but I still remember
him standing there shuffling his feet and being polite. Maybe he was just
uncomfortable with me on my knees in supplication?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2013 - 11:42am PT
The Jeff Lowe Service Award

Credit: donini
Credit: donini

What could be more fitting than a Foot Fang?

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Nice work Jim.
Jeff giving an inspiring slide show in Vancouver in 76/77 that helped shape our ideas of what it meant to be a REAL CLIMBER.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
I hope that Jeff knows how important he has been to so many people. Visionaries like him seem to come around maybe once in a lifetime.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Good stuff, TFPU

climber's near nevada...
Jan 14, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
oh man those are sweeeeet pics. Jello's fashion sense was light years ahead of his time I tell ya...

Mountain climber
Eden, Utah
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
JD here on Jeff's computer. Just finished dinner with Jeff, Connie, Jay Smith, Michael Covington, my wife and a few friends from Ouray. A bunch of us, Jeff included, are going to Bridalveil Falls tomorrow with Pam Roberts to commemorate the one year anniversary of Jack Robert's fatal accident.
One of the things I love about this community is the love and respect people have for their peers. As you grow older these attributes become more and more important.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Thanks, Jim, and congratulations to those honoured!

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:13am PT
The photo of Jeff rock climbing in the red and white-striped tights looks like Bishop's Crack.

Social climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Thank you Jim, you've put together a worthy piece here!
What a great tribute to a brilliant warrior!
I have soo much RESPECT for both you and Jeff!
Cheers, Olaf
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:37am PT
Jim, your loyalty to your friends is impressive and you hang with one hell of a crew.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:38am PT
Sounded like quite the party when I talked to Connie.

As you grow older these attributes become more and more important.

Ah, well, simultaneously one forgets to co-ordinate.
I would have, per his wishes, brought you a pinch of Charlie's ashes to add to the ceremony.

Best to all, was good seeing Mike, Jack, Jim, Angela, Malcolm, Mark, et al, (but I'm pissed that I missed Jack's roadside sobriety test, likely a thespian coup.)

Trad climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:25am PT
Yup, an inspiration to me as well.

Cheers Jello!

Social climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Great work Jim. Jeff deserves the accolades. Jeff and I crossed paths a number of times BITD--below the Widow's Tear when he was looking to add that to his collection pioneering FAs, in the Icefields campground after he and Mike did the FA of the Grand Central Couloir, and again in Alaska at the glacier airdrop for Denali. He loaned Vern and I shovel that was very useful. Can't believe we never roped up together...I'll miss that experience.
All the best Jeff!

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 15, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
I shot all those pics of Jello climbing and skiing. The candy-stripe tights pictures are somewhere in Eldo, the green tights pic is from Zion and the ski pics are up on Torres Peak. The second post of donini's, the one he called out the quintessential Jello shot, is even more quintessential because he was using a pair of prototype plastic crampons. Those things were bending and flexing all over the place and I kept yelling at him to get off the rock and back on to the approach snow. He said, "Mal, my goal is to break these. I'll never break them if I stay on the snow."


Climb safe,

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Yes, those photos were from Malcolm.....thanks mucho! Mal and Jeff go way back, we are coming out with a video tribute for Jeff and Mal's vignettes are funny and poignant.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 15, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Hats off!

Social climber
No Ut
Jan 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Thanks Jim and Mal and of course, Connie for setting uup the whole scene. You guys and the ST writers are what keeps me happy. o many kind and generous climbers. I'm proud to be a part of this tribe. I love you all...and I can't miss the chance to say I love all of you. thanks for making my life so wonderfull!

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