As a child, Lowe broke his arm and it did not heal well. Despite being told by doctors that he would always be a cripple, Lowe went on to become an highly accomplished mountaineer. Lowe accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on a several expeditions including on Eric Shipton’s British Everest Reconnaissance Expedition and John Hunt’s 1953 British Everest Expedition. Upon summitting Mount Everest with Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay, Hillary told Lowe that they had "knocked the bastard off".
|Ref: AWNS-19350710-44-3, Young mountaineer, 1935, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
George Lowe also wrote a number of other books including: 'Because it was there' (1959) 'Letters from Everest : a New Zealander's account of the epic first ascent' (2013).
In the heritage collections are also resources about Sir Edmund Hillary including: 'In their own words : from the sound archives of Radio New Zealand' compiled by Stephen Barnett and Jim Sullivan (1988). This resource includes an interview with Hillary and Lowe.
|Ref: AWNS-19250423-45-4, Mountaineer dwarfed by landscape, 1925, Sir George Grey Special Collections|