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Jeff Lowe

Alison Hargreaves and Jeff Lowe climbing Kangtega, 1 May 1986

Jeff Lowe (September 13, 1950) is an American alpinist from Ogden, Utah. He is known for his visionary climbs and first ascents established in the US and Canadian Rockies, Alps and Himalayas. He is a proponent of the "Alpine style" philosophy of climbing, where small teams travel fast with minimal gear. Lowe has made over 1000 first ascents.

Lowe is the brother of George Lowe (mountaineer).


  • Career achievements 1
  • Notable ascents 2
  • Publications and instructional videos 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career achievements

Lowe is credited with bringing modern ice climbing to the United States from Europe as well as inventing mixed climbing. He founded the companies Latok Mountain Gear and Cloudwalker. He introduced the world's first softshell jacket while at Latok Mountain Gear. Lowe was featured ice climbing on the cover of the December 11, 1978 issue of Sports Illustrated.[2] Lowe worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School in his earlier years.

Jeff Lowe is credited with introducing ice climbing in the American Alpine Club, the club's highest honor, for his climbing achievements, contributions to the climbing community, and vision. He was awarded Honorary Membership in the British Alpine Club.

Notable ascents

His attempt on the north ridge of

  • "Jeff Lowe: The Genius"
  • Jeff Lowe biography at
  • "Last Night I Dreamed I Had Legs"

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ Wood, Willis A. (11 December 1978). "Jeff Lowe, Mountain Climbing". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Lowe, Jeff (1975). "Keeler Needle, East Face". American Alpine Journal (New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club) 20 (49): 138–139.  
  4. ^ Lowe, Jeff (1975). "Keeler Needle, East Face". American Alpine Journal (New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club) 20 (49): 128–129.  
  5. ^ Murray, Kerry (26 July 1999). "Jeff Lowe, Ice Climber". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Lowe, Jeff (1975). "Keeler Needle, East Face". American Alpine Journal (New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club) 20 (49): 139.  
  7. ^ Lowe, Jeff (1975). "Squaretop". American Alpine Journal (New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club) 20 (49): 137.  
  8. ^ Kennedy, Michael (March 2005). "Mountain Profile: Ama Dablam". Alpinist Magazine (Jackson, WY, USA: Alpinist LLC) (X): 27. 
  9. ^ Martin, Frank W. (11 February 1920). "High Ice Is Jeff Lowe's Home—He Tries to Forget That What Goes Up Could Come Down". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 


  • The Ice Experience - 1979
  • Climbing - 1986
  • Lowe, Jeff (1996). Ice World: Techniques and Experiences of Modern Ice Climbing. Seattle, WA, USA: Mountaineers Books.  
  • Alpine Ice: Jeff Lowe's Climbing Techniques - 1997
  • Waterfall Ice - 1996
  • Clean Walls - 2004

Publications and instructional videos


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