Some people said that climbing with Alex Lowe was “cheating.” However, when Lowe and climbing partner and cameraman, David Bridges disappeared on Tibet’s 26,289′ Shishapangma back in October of 1999, the climbing community was left without a hero to bury.
Accompanied by Bridges as well as famed alpinist and best friend, Conrad Anker, Lowe hoped to be one of the first Americans to ski off an 8,000 meter peak. As the three ascended the peak, an avalanche swept Lowe and Bridges to their deaths and left Conrad Anker with a broken rib and lacerations to his face and head.
With the assistance of American skiers Hans Saari, Andrew McLean, Mark Holbrook, and Kristoffer Erickson, Anker left the scene of the accident with no sign of Bridges or his best friend. Over the next few days, the crew searched for the two climbers but were left without even the smallest hint as to their whereabouts. Lowe and Bridges’ bodies would be left on Shishapangma for more than 16 years.
April 27, 2016
In a report by Outside Magazine, the remains of Alex Lowe and David Bridges were discovered by alpinists Ueli Steck and David Goettler on Friday, April 27th. The two alpinists are in the region preparing to attempt a route on the south face of Shishapangma.
While confirmation as to the identities of the two climbers remains unconfirmed, the clothing and gear on the bodies is reminiscent to that belonging to Lowe and Bridges.
The Lowe family plans to recover the bodies this summer and finally lay the legends to rest.
*Our thoughts are with David Bridges and Alex Lowe’s family during this trying time.
Find the entire Outside article here: Alex Lowe’s Body Found on Shishapangma