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shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
Aug 30, 2018 - 01:48pm PT
a great legend has passed away. condolences to friends and family.

i owe jeff a thanks for putting on the world cups that he did in the early 90's. i was able to grab 19th place at the berkeley world cup, which was the 4th american finish. i know these comps put him in debt, so i was always grateful to him for trying to get these big events in our country. steve schneider
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 30, 2018 - 02:02pm PT
In 1991 Allen Steck and myself were asked to recruit North American climbers for a conference to be held in Florence, Italy. All expenses paid. To our invitation, Jeff replied that he had just one condition: that Catherine Destivelle be invited also. Possibly Jeff thought he was driving a hard bargain, but we could hardly believe our luck. Two of the world's greatest climbers with one invitation.

Which leads to my Jeff Lowe encounter...

You guys also recruited me for that Montagna Avventura 2000 conference in Florence, and, for whatever reason, the organizers asked me to give a kind of keynote address to launch the opening session, which was focused on climbing writing. Of course I was all excited, and my head swelled up enormously, and then...

...and then I looked around the room and realized that almost everyone there was an ultra famous climber, and most of them were equally well known as writers.

All I wanted to do was get down from the stage and crawl out under the door. I was supposed to lecture the cream of climber/writers on climbing writing? I was terrified, but somehow managed to give my presentation without fainting, and then to join the panel that followed.

I knew I'd made an idiot of myself, and was dreading having to spend the next two days hanging out with all those luminaries, but no sooner had the session ended than Jeff (whom I'd never met) came up to me and thanked me for the address. He had nothing to gain from me, and no need at all to go out of his way to cheer me up. But he did, and I have been forever grateful to him for his kindness.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 3, 2018 - 12:35pm PT
Spoke with Greg.

When the hospice personnel knew the time was near there were vigils. Jeff didn't suffer very much, he had a steady dose of morphine.
Among those with him as he slipped away were his cousin George and Moonlight Buttress partner, Mike Weiss.

The paradox of his unfortunate health and the greatest fortune of being so loved I find touchingly poignant.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 3, 2018 - 02:33pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
johntp

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Sep 8, 2018 - 03:02pm PT
Googled Jeff; came across this memorial from the Denver Post. Pretty decent tribute.

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/08/27/climber-jeff-lowe-obituary/193858/
oreo19

climber
Sep 11, 2018 - 04:09pm PT

Please let me know if any of you would like to and are able to attend Jeff's Celebration of Life. We are limited to 250 people, so if you'd like to be there and can attend on Saturday, September 22 from 5 to 8 pm in Boulder, Colorado please reply, with the # of people in your party (if more than just yourself) so that I can add you to the invite on Facebook. If you don't have Facebook, I just need an email or phone # and can add you to the event.

There will be a second memorial later this year in Ogden, Utah where my dad grew up so if you can't make it to this one, hopefully we will be able to see you then!

Thanks,

Sonja Lowe
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 11, 2018 - 04:19pm PT
I was at the base of Latok 1 with Thomas Huber when I heard the news. Kind of bittersweet...the site of one of his notable climbs and Thomas had just made the second ascent of Metanoia! Jeff’s grondbreaking solo on the Eiger.

Jeff will long be remembered for his pioneering climbing but I was even more impressed with the way he dealt with his long and terrible illness.


Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Sep 11, 2018 - 04:33pm PT
New York Times published an obit today (?!) in the online edition. Thorough write-up with a handful of well-chosen and representative photos.
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
Sep 11, 2018 - 06:10pm PT
Always an inspiration to me. Another end of an era moment for me. Sad.
oreo19

climber
Sep 11, 2018 - 07:32pm PT
Link to New York Times article per Ron's request:
https://nyti.ms/2N6PUi7
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Sep 13, 2018 - 10:29pm PT
Jeff would have turned 67 today. Climb on, brother.

Edit: 68th birthday. My bad.

Credit: Gilroy
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 14, 2018 - 12:47am PT
hey there, say, Gilroy... awww, thank you for sharing that...

very nice to do...

SOME SUPPERTOPO BIRTHDAY LINKS FOR JEFF (JELLO) ...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1611769&msg=2873215#msg2873215


http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1267101/Actual-On-Topic-News-Happy-BDay-Jeff-Lowe


http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1927393/Happy-Birthday-Jeff-Lowe



say, Gilroy...

there is a nice note, from jello/jeff, on the LONGEST birthday
thread, and a nice PHOTO that you posted, there, too...

(back when you all 'had hair' , as you said) ...
thought you might like to see it...


happy good eve, to you...
thanks for sharing the reminder of jello's birthday...
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Sep 14, 2018 - 08:05am PT
Good of you to take note, neebee! Thanks for putting the links together. Don't we miss the mellow Jello presence here?
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Sep 14, 2018 - 11:07am PT
Hey Gilroy, love that pic of Jeff with Philo lurking.

Jeff was an inspiration to all of us in Gunnison. We would go out and boulder at Hartman's rock and then run into Jeff and hear about his most recent daring doo's; Black Ice Couloir, The Eiger etc. He will be mightily missed.
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:46pm PT
That can't be philo, Scott, he's banned.

We're talking about the same person, right? The guy that repaired Jeff's wheelchair until it was a supercharged scourge of the parking lot? The guy that went to ICU with Jeff those many times, designed the ramp to make the house wheel chair accessible?

That can't be him.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Sep 16, 2018 - 05:56pm PT
Phil, able to live under the radar and make real contributions that take time and energy. Puts his deeds where is mouth is. I know that Jeff meant a lot to him.
Moss
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 16, 2018 - 06:40pm PT
Phil, despite his kneejerk moments here on the forum, devoted himself to Jeff and Connie when they truly needed help. I shared many fine moments discussing the workings of the cosmos with these people.
"Do you believe in fate?"....Depends on what you mean by that...Circumstantially or existentially speaking... LOL
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Sep 17, 2018 - 11:20am PT
Don't miss Philo's digital Turret's Syndrome, but he did help out a lot.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 17, 2018 - 03:11pm PT
I hear there is a memorial in Boulder on the 22nd...any updates?
oreo19

climber
Sep 17, 2018 - 06:18pm PT
Jeff Lowe Celebration of Life Info &#40;Colorado&#41;
Jeff Lowe Celebration of Life Info (Colorado)
Credit: oreo19

There will also be a memorial in Ogden, Utah on November 25 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving).

Thanks,

Sonja
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