Support American Whitewater! Palm Orbit Rand Shock Support American Whitewater!

[please login to make this ad block disappear]

kayak Legend Josh Lowry Dead At 61 After Fall Scouting Deschutes River

You can survive all the hard whitewater in the world, but sometimes fate deals out different cards. Such is the case with the Aug. 2 death of longtime kayaker and South American river exploring legend Josh Lowry, who died at age 61 after falling from a cliff on Oregon's Rogue River..

Lowry planning out another first descent in Chile. Photo courtesy Tyler Williams, www.funhogpress.com

Lowry reportedly fell off a 50-foot cliff to the rocky bed of the Deschutes River on Aug. 2, possibly scouting a line through Benham Falls below.

Lowry was the first person to run Mexico's classic Agua Azul and Chile's Rio Baker, as well as other classics throughout Central and South America. A crown jewel was his 1999 exploration of the challenging Rio Pascua in Patagonia.

"His Chilean road trips of 1994 (with John Foss and Clay Wright) and 1995 (with Arnd Schaeftlein, Bernd Sommer, Manu Arnu, Olli Grau, and Dave Kashinski) included many other exploratories in lands that were unknown to the whitewater world, the stuff of dreams," writes paddling friend Tyler Williams on funhogpress.com.

Lowry also made regular pilgrimages back through the states, often spending time in Paddling Life's hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colo. He'd come back to lead trips down Grand Canyon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, and other whitewater classics, always returning to his rafting company in Futaleufu, Chile, one of his favorite paddling spots where he would effortlessly navigate its toughest rapids as if dancing with them.

"He once told me, 'I am a minimalist, both in life and paddling,'" says Williams. "This was the flow of Josh Lowry's life, in harmony with the seasons, in tune with the river."

For a profile on Lowry, CLICK HERE

For Williams' eulogy, CLICK HERE

 
Paddling Life News on Playak is © and presented by:

 

Sponsors

JKPalm

 

NRS

Login to post here

EJ added a video. 4 hours 49 minutes ago

Fishing for Musky | Kayak Fishing in Quebec

Want to know how to catch big Musky in the pristine waters of Quebec? In this short film the team from Jackson Kayak join Dan and Manny Joseph for...

KarenWoodard added a video. yesterday

The Wild President

President Jimmy Carter grew up in awe of nature's wonder. But it wasn't until he first paddled the Chattooga River that he understood the power and...

supzero added a video. 2 days ago

Lara Claydon: SUP and Cliff Jumping in Maui

Standup paddler Lara Claydon goes for a family paddle at Ka'anapali Beach in Maui and does some cliff jumping.

Todd Wells added a video. 2 days ago

For Snowy

Doyka commented on a review for Mongoose 3 days ago

Where did you buy a backband for the Mongoose? I need one for mine and I can't find it anywhere?

Buenalinea added a video. 3 days ago

Krakonošovo Labíčko 2017

Krakonošovo Labíčko is an extreme kayak race located on the north of Czech Republic at the Labe river. The water is damm release once per two years...

ntroutman added a video. 4 days ago

Outlet Falls- Wild & Free Tour

Hanging out in the Pacific North West, which has been getting slammed with one of the wettest springs in history, finding whitewater is not a...

supzero added a video. 6 days ago

Demonstration of GPS modified camera phone on...

Using your camera phone on the"Aeon Explorer" for low cost marine life Videography or live streaming to social media....

See the AUP for our Acceptable Use Policy and a Privacy Statement. Verein Playak is responsible for all editorial content on this site (including all graphics). No part of this site may be duplicated in any way without explicit permission from Verein Playak. Verein Playak takes great care to only publish original content, but since part of the content is user generated, we cannot always guarantee this 100%. If you notice any copyright violations, please let the editors know through the contact form and they will take appropriate action immediately. As a news and information platform, we republish small text snippets and thumbnail images, but always link to original content on other sites, and thus aim to adhere to a 'Fair Use' policy. If you believe we violate this policy in any particular case, please contact us directly and we'll take appropriate action immediately.