'Jeff Lowe's Metanoia' to be shown at Kendal Mountain Festival

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Kendal Mountain Festival has secured the second public screening of ‘Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia’, a film about the life and times of the legendary US alpinist.

Only two weeks ago, Jeff Lowe’s film was completed and premiered at Banff Mountain Festival on 2nd November. The film has been in production for several years, and to celebrate the screening, Jeff Lowe himself will be travelling from the USA to present it, despite the terminal illness he is suffering from.

“We’ve been in discussion for a little while with Jeff and Connie Self, his partner and the film’s producer”

“I have to say it’s a huge privilege that they have allowed us to screen the film so soon; Jeff is determined to come across and share it with us. It wouldn’t have happened though without the support of Lowe Alpine who have stepped in to ensure we have the resource to bring Jeff and Connie across.”

~ Clive Allen, Festival Director

Jeff Lowe on the Second Ascent of Ama Dablam, 1979. Photo by Tom Frost

Jeff Lowe on the Second Ascent of Ama Dablam, 1979. Photo by Tom Frost

‘Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia’ explores the life and climbs of the legendary US alpinist. The most talented technical climber of his generation, for 40 years Jeff made his mark across the world; from the big walls of Yosemite and Utah, to the Alps and the great Himalayan peaks. And in 1967, along with his brothers Greg and Mike, Jeff founded Lowe Alpine Systems in Colorado. Jeff’s ‘piece de resistance’ lies on the North Face of the Eiger. Climbed in 1991, and still unrepeated, Metanoia (graded VII, 5.10, M6, A4) is the hub of this biographical documentary.

Narrated by Jon Krakauer, the film tells the compelling story behind that climb and what lay beneath Jeff’s high adventure lifestyle. For the past decade Jeff has suffered from a relentlessly progressive neurological deterioration, and is now confined to a wheelchair. Since being diagnosed with this terminal disease, he has brought the strength that characterised his climbing career to the physical challenges he faces today, and also to a reassessment of his own mortality.

A tribute to a remarkable man and climber, this is a film about one man’s journey from the top of the world to the end of the line. Kendal Mountain Festival and Lowe Alpine are proud to bring you the British premiere; to introduce and talk about the movie Jeff himself has taken the big decision to travel especially to Kendal for this occasion.

Jeff Lowe and the film ‘Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia’ are being brought to Kendal Mountain Festival with the kind assistance of Lowe Alpine.

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