Jeff Lowe's Metanoia Team Returns from Switzerland

View heli footage of Josh Wharton climbing on sections of Lowe's 1991 Metanoia route on the Eiger, directed by Jeff and Greg Lowe
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View heli footage of Josh Wharton climbing on sections of Lowe's 1991 Metanoia route on the Eiger, directed by Jeff and Greg Lowe

Team Metanoia had a very successful filming trip to Switzerland thanks to Josh Wharton, Chris Alstrin, Greg and Jean Lowe, Connie Self, David Black, Lorenz Frutiger, SIGG, Griwarent, Movements and all of our Sponsors and many supporters.

Jeff and Greg Lowe directed filming from a helicopter with a Cineflex Camera attached as they repeatedly flew up the North Face of the Eiger . You can see clips here of Josh Wharton and Daniel Mader climbing sections of Lowe's unrepeated 1991 Metanoia route on the North Face of the Eiger. (Photo: Chris Alstrin films Josh Wharton high up on "Metanoia" while he chops out Jeff Lowe's backpack out of the ice.)

Chris Alstrin, Josh Wharton, Daniel Mader and their Swiss Guide, Lorenze Frutiger, gained access to the notorious face via the famous Jungfraubahn, the train that travels inside the Eiger. The Team then climbed out onto the face through the rescue window on the mountain face itself and also by helicopter. From there Alstrin could document the progress of the climbers while the Lowe brothers directed the Cineflex Camera operator from within the helicopter as they made repeated passes to film the climbers ascent. 

Lowe's Vau De backpack was recovered from high on the North Face of the Eiger during the trip. Lowe had left it secured to the mountain when he ran out of rope and protection near the summit during his 1991 solo winter ascent of Metanoia on the Eiger. He had little time to catch a helicopeter ride off the summit ridge before another storm would come in and make his safe descent impossible. Click here to see Josh Wharton chopping the pack from the ice and presenting it to Jeff in Kleine Scheidegg. Contents of the pack will be revealed later this week.

The team was filming sequences for Jeff Lowe's Metanoia, the extraordinary documentary film about the life and climbs of Jeff Lowe, to be narrated by Jon Krakauer. Click here to see scenes from the making of the film.

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