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Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia | Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

Last day at the OR Winter show 2012, and Jeff Lowe “wheeled” up in front of the Liberty Mountain booth, well equipped with plastic water bottles on his legs. (Well in UTAH they can fill water bottles with Margaritas!). Climbing is a passion that you share with others, so Jeff is working on his film about his solo on Eiger, and this is a BIG challenge for a crippled man. His solo on Eiger represents the high light of his life, and he just wants to share it with the community. The community should pay respect by giving him a helping hand, and pass the hat around. (Wall Street bankers are invited to send a Million or two, to try to save their lost souls).

Nolan Fritts | Combi suit + the La Fayette

Nolan Fritts from Slingfile in Berkeley CA started to talk high altitude expedition at our booth at Liberty Mountain. So we opened the chat, and explained Valandre’s concept of “Gear” designed for “High altitude non ox speed climbing”. Trying several bags one by one, I cooked up Nolan for the BIG test: The combination of our high altitude Combi suit + the La Fayette. Thanks Nolan…..we had fun…..and shared the passion
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Nolan Fritts | Combi suit + the La Fayette

Nolan Fritts | Combi suit + the La Fayette

Liberty Mountain and Valandré Form US Partnership.


Liberty Mountain and Valandré Form US Partnership

August 23, 2011 — Liberty Mountain, a leading independent distributor of technical outdoor products and climbing brands in the U.S., is pleased to announce its partnership with Valandré.  Starting immediately, Liberty Mountain will offer Valandré’s line of high end technical down products.

The French company is a high-end manufacturer of down sleeping bags and outerwear for mountaineers and alpinists, such as the Austrian female climber, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, who has just become the first woman to successfully climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks without the use of bottled oxygen.

Climbing to these heights without supplementary oxygen requires down gear that offers extreme warmth and better insulation due to reduced blood circulation. We are proud that Gerlinde has summitted K2 (North pillar – Japanese route), the second highest mountain in the world and her 14th 8,000er without supplemental oxygen, wearing our Valandré Combi,” said Niels Friisbol  – President, Valandré.


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Help Jeff Lowe

US Icone climber Jeff Lowe came to the OR Show, crippled in his wheelchair, but spirits as high as his reputation. Jeff presented the remaining’s of his backpack, left behind after his remarkable solo on the North Face of Eiger in the winter 1991. Jeff opened a new route over the course of 9 days: a direct shoot up the middle of the north face called “Metanoia”.

US Icone climber Jeff Lowe came to the OR Show

US Icone climber Jeff Lowe came to the OR Show

Lowe’s 20-year-old pack and gear on display at OR

At the exit of the route, Jeff had to be heliported from the summit, and hence left his back pack below at his last biwi. On march 25 this year, Josh Wharton spend over two hour’s digging Jeff’s backpack out of the snow.  The contains of the backpack was on display at this years OR summer show at the Liberty Mountain booth: 10009.

Climbing is a community, so we inform that Jeff wants to produce a film, and there can be no doubt that this movie will be interesting for all of us, who are addicted to mountaineering. However, Jeff needs funding, so we invite everybody to check out their new website, that has been ON for two days now:


Jeff Lowe’s Pack Retrieved from Eiger North Face from Jeff Lowe on Vimeo.


Jeff Lowe opens his backpack 20 years later from Jeff Lowe on Vimeo.


Ogden Climbing Parks Customer Receipt/Purchase Confirmation‏

So we passed the hat around and collected $102.25. Some gave $20 some 5, everybody gave what they could. You too can pass the hat around: In your climbing club, in your store, in your company…….