The remains of mountain climber Alex Lowe and his cameraman, David Bridges, were found April 27, 16 years after they were reported missing.
According to alexlowe.org, Conrad Anker and Lowe’s widow, Jenni Lowe-Anker, were in Kathmandu, Nepal, preparing to return home at the end of a month-long trip they spent overseeing the ongoing construction of a building to house and sustain the Khumbu Climbing Center, a project that offers technical training for indigenous mountain workers.
Just before noon on April 27, Conrad Anker got a phone call from Tibet from David Goettler and Ueli Steck, who were acclimatizing for an ascent on the south face of Shishapangma.
Goettler and Steck had come across the remains of two climbers 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 Bridges and Lowe, Jennifer Anker’s then-husband.
Bridges and Lowe were buried in a massive avalanche on Oct. 5, 1999, and never found. Conrad Anker was climbing with the two at the time of the avalanche. Anker survived the avalanche with minor injuries.
In 2001, according to a bio on the site, Anker married Lowe’s widow, Jennifer, and adopted their three sons.
Upon hearing the news that Alex had been found, Jennifer said, “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. Alex’s parents are thankful to know that their son’s body has been found and that Conrad, the boys and I will make our pilgrimage to Shishapangma. It is time to put Alex to rest.”
The family asked for privacy in the following days.