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Alex Lowe

  • American athlete
  • Born 1962
  • Died 1999

Stewart Alexander "Alex" Lowe (24 December 1958 – 5 October 1999) was an American mountaineer. He has been described as inspiring "...a whole generation of climbers and explorers with his uncontainable enthusiasm, legendary training routines, and significant ascents of rock climbs, ice climbs, and mountains all over the world...". He died in an avalanche in Tibet. The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation honors his legacy.


It's wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return.




It's the journey toward doing these harder climbs that really gives value to the whole activity of climbing.




There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they're in the mountains, and all the rest.




Inspiring passion in family and friends has more enduring value than just staying alive for them.




When you remove the risk, you remove the challenge. When you remove the challenge, you wither on the vine.




I think climbing is less a sport and more a hobby, and as such, I think everybody's a beginning climber.




Identifying and overcoming natural fear is one of the pleasing struggles intrinsic to climbing.




The best climber in the world is the one that has the most fun.



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