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Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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Alex Lowe was one of the world's greatest mountaineers. He excelled at all aspects of the sport: rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing. He climbed big mountains light and fast, carrying as little as possible and leaving no room for error.

By all accounts, Lowe was extraordinarily humble and gracious, always willing to talk to other climbers no matter their skill level. He famously said "The best climber is the one who has the most fun."

Sure, there are always bigger mountains to climb, steeper slopes to ski, and longer races to run. But as long as you're having fun, it's all good.

(Sadly, Lowe died on Shishapangma in 1999 on an expedition attempting to become the first US team to ski an 8000 meter peak. He died on a beautiful sunny day, a rest day for the team, out on a little ski tour, having some fun.)

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