Wallace George Lowe, OBE, CNZM
George Lowe joined up with Shipton’s Cho Oyu expedition in 1952, and the following year he worked notably on the Lhotse Face of Everest and helped to establish the top camp.
Lowe was educated at Hastings High School and Wellington Teachers College, after which he taught in New Zealand for some years. He climbed widely in the Southern Alps and first went to the Himalayas in 1951. After the 1953 expedition he climbed again in the Himalayas, as well as in the Pamirs, Greenland, and elsewhere. In 1957–58, he made the first crossing of Antarctica with Sir Vivian Fuchs’s party, meeting Hillary at the South Pole. From 1959, he taught at Repton School, leaving in 1963 to teach, and then become headmaster, at Grange School in Santiago, Chile. On return to Britain in 1973, he became an Inspector of Schools until his retirement. He is chairman of the UK branch of the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust, which exists to provide financial and other help to the Sherpa people.