the north face women Even with degenerative disease
It was in Ogden Lowe learned to climb, alongside his brothers Greg and Mike, and with the blessing of their parents, Ralph and Elgene. As he grew older, he looked to many of the American West’s rockbands, cliffs and ice flows as a means to the sky. That vision took him to summits throughout the world and made him a pioneer in the fringe sports of rock and ice climbing. Over the last decade, Lowe came full circle and brought a climbing renaissance to his hometown, even as his health deteriorated year by year.
By all accounts, Lowe jumped right in. With his donated time and insight, the city introduced a climbing festival, cleaned up local crags and developed a PR strategy. They talked rock climbing parks and ice climbing towers. Lowe turned Ogden into an occasional gathering place for the best mountaineers in the world, and lent more credibility to the town’s outdoor sector. He created a non profit, Ogden Climbing Parks, to preserve and improve access to the city’s crags. It later morphed into a mentoring organization for youth and the disabled keen on climbing.
The walls of their second story condo in a Boulder suburb are decorated with photos, many of a younger Lowe, with his distinctive handlebar mustache, aviator shades, sun bleached hair spilling out from a knit beanie, high on a slab of rock somewhere, looking completely in his element. Other photos are from later in his life, mostly snapshots of his daughter, granddaughter and portraits with Self. A whiteboard calendar sits in the living room marking their many appointments. Visits from friends. Meetings with the director of Lowe’s upcoming film. Yoga. A fundraiser in Boulder. Interviews with reporters.
Lowe’s final project will likely be his documentary film, “Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia,” which explores his life and one of his last great ascents. In 1991, he traveled to Switzerland to try a new line on the most temperamental side of the most dangerous mountain in the Alps, the north face of the Eiger. It was the first big turning point in his life, even before his disease set in, and was fresh on the heels of his first divorce, first failed business and nagging realization he needed to be a better father to his young daughter.