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Jeff Lowe's Metanoia Backpack Retrieved!
Submitted By: John McNamee on Mar 25, 2011

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From the Deck of the Hotel Bellevue des Alpes, Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland

Dear Metanoia Friends,

In 1991, after 9 harrowing days on the North Face of the Eiger, Jeff Lowe abandoned his backpack when he couldn't find any anchors at the end of the rope. Jeff untied and left the rope and his pack behind as he free soloed the last 50 feet to the summit ridge where he was plucked off the mountain by a helicopter, just hours before a big storm would engulf the great North Face.

Today, Josh Wharton spent over 2 hours digging Jeff's backpack out of the ice and snow, high up n the North Face of the Eiger. Lowe was anxious to see the condition of the pack after 20 years on the mountain. Josh delivered the frozen, weather worn pack to Jeff on the deck of the Bellevue Hotel at Kleine Scheidegg. Chris Alstrin filmed both the excavation and the heroic delivery. Getting the frozen pack onto the helicopter was quite precarious for everyone involved.

Jeff was relieved to have this bit of unfinished business taken care of after all these years. Leaving the pack was contrary to Jeff's Alpine Style ascents, but necessary for his own survival on that day. Josh also delivered a Jumar and a Gibbs Ascender, and bits of rope cut away with the pack.

The contents of the pack will be explored when it thaws....

Great progress has been made all this week on the filming for Jeff Lowe's Metanoia on the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Josh Wharton got his first look at Jeff Lowe's route, Metanoia, where it comes close to the Hinterstoisser Traverse and then again from high up on the mountain. Chris Alstrin was filming on the face, while Jeff and Greg Lowe did flyby's in a helicopter.

Thank you for your continued support! We are very excited about the results of the helicopter shots and on the rock filming.

Only 3 days left to spread the word and help us get more support for helicopter time at kck.st/g7xjJb. Every contribution makes a big difference for this film.

Link to the rest of the story and pics over at KickStarter

This is amazing stuff. If you have contributed yet, do it now. Don't miss out on being part of this!

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By John Klooster
From: Arvada, CO
Mar 26, 2011
AWESOME.
By Greg Farrell
From: Morris, Connecticut
Mar 26, 2011
Way to go, Jeff! Great to see your vision coming to fruition. Still inspiring! AAA wesome!
By Mike Storeim
From: Evergreen, CO
Mar 27, 2011
Very nice first post, Doug. What rock did you climb out from under?

Great job, Jeff - keep up the good work!