George Lowe (American alpinist)

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George Lowe
George Lowe in Tanzania in 2015
BornAugust 16, 1944
Chicago, IL, USA
Other namesGeorge Lowe, George Henry Lowe III
Known forAlpine Climber

George Henry Lowe III (born August 16, 1944) is an American rock climber and alpinist, noted for his history of alpine-style mountaineering on difficult and infrequently repeated routes and his development of traditional climbing routes in the Western United States.[1] He pioneered winter ascents in the North American Rockies along with cousins Jeff Lowe (climber), Mike Lowe, and Greg Lowe. He is also known for his technically difficult ascents of mixed climbing faces in the Himalayas including the unclimbed North Ridge of Latok I (within 200m of the summit) and the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Everest (Kangshung Face), where the Lowe Buttress bears his name.[2] [3] [4] Lowe is currently a resident of Colorado.

Early life[edit]

He was raised in Ogden, Utah and began climbing in 1962 while attending Harvey Mudd College. He finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah where he later received a PhD in Physics in 1973.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Lowe was the 1990 recipient of the American Alpine Club's Robert and Miriam Underhill Award. The award is given "annually to a person who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has demonstrated the highest level of skill in the mountaineering arts and who, through the application of this skill, courage, and perseverance, has achieved outstanding success in the various fields of mountaineering endeavor".[6]

He is an Honorary Member of the American Alpine Club which represents "the highest award the AAC has to offer. It is given to those individuals who have had a lasting and highly significant impact on the advancement of the climbing craft".[7]

Lowe was also president of the Piolet d’Or 2014 International Jury which included Catherine Destivelle and was responsible for selecting the award-winners from the nominees. The Piolet d'Or is an award for mountaineering created by the magazine Montagnes and The Groupe de Haute Montagne[8]

Notable climbs[edit]



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  12. ^ Ortenburger, Leigh (1972). "High Peaks of the Parón—Perutah Expedition". American Alpine Journal. 18 (46). Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Lowe, George (1973), "The North Face of Alberta", Ascent Magazine, Boulder, CO, vol. 2 no. 1
  14. ^ Blanchard, Barry (2002). "1974: The North Face of North Twin". American Alpine Journal. 44 (76). Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Lowe, George (1975). "The North Face of North Twin". American Alpine Journal. 17 (49). Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Selters, Andy (2004). Ways to the Sky. Golden, CO, USA: American Alpine Club Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-930410-83-4.
  17. ^ Kennedy, Michael (1979). "Latok I". American Alpine Journal. 22 (53): 24–28. ISSN 0065-6925.
  18. ^ Wren, Christopher (October 28, 1983). "U.S. TEAM FINDS A HARDER WAY TO SCALE EVEREST". New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  19. ^ Morrissey, James D. (1984), ""The Forgotten Face of Everest (East Face) - Conquest of the Summit"", National Geographic Magazine, vol. 166 no. 1
  20. ^ Buhler, Carlos (1992). "1990 International Dhaulagiri Expedition". Himalayan Journal. 48. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Huntington Climbed by George Lowe, Joe Terravecchia and Mark Richey", Gripped Magazine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 25, 2015, retrieved February 1, 2019