The remains of Alex Lowe and David Bridges were found April 27 on Shishapangma, in Tibet. Ueli Steck and David Goettler discovered them while acclimatizing for an ascent of Shishapangma’s South Face.
Jennifer Lowe-Anker, widow of Alex Lowe, said in a statement released by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation: “Alex and David vanished, were captured and frozen in time. Sixteen years of life has been lived and now they are found. We are thankful.”
The statement read that Steck and Goettler, European alpinists, “had come across the remains of two climbers still encased in blue ice but beginning to emerge from the glacier. Goettler described the clothing and packs of the climbers to Conrad [Anker,] who concluded that the two were undoubtedly David Bridges and Alex Lowe.”
Alex Lowe, 40, and David Bridges, 29, were killed by an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999. Bridges and Lowe were part of the nine-member American Shishapangma Ski Expedition, which also included Conrad Anker. The expedition hoped to achieve the first American ski descent off the summit of an 8,000-meter peak.
IMAGE: Lowe and Anker, best friends and climbing partners. Photo: Chris Noble, courtesy of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation