LOS ANGELES- The bodies of a renowned mountain climber and excursion cameraman “whos” buried in a Himalayan avalanche 16 years ago have been found.
The widow of Alex Lowe said in a statement Friday that two climbers attempting to ascend the 26,291 -foot Shishapangma in Tibet detected the remaining two people partially melting out of a glacier.
The climbers described the clothing and backpacks investigated on their own bodies to Conrad Anker, who was climbing with Lowe and cameraman David Bridges at the moment of its October 1999 avalanche and existed. Anker concluded that the two were Bridges and Lowe, the statement said.
“Alex and David faded, were captivated and frozen in time. Sixteen years of life has been lived and now they are met. We are appreciative, ” Jenni Lowe-Anker said.
She marriage Anker, her husband’s sidekick and fellow upper-class climber, in 2001. They live in Bozeman, Montana, and move the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation together.
Anker said the discovery has brought closure and relief to him.
He told Outside magazine that although he hasn’t met photos of the remains, he’s persuaded they are those of Lowe and Bridges.
“They were close to each other. Blue and cherry-red North Face knapsacks. Yellow Koflach boots. It was all that gear from that time period. They were pretty much the only two climbers who were there, ” Anker said.
Lowe, Anker, Bridges and several others were on an expedition to ascent Shishapangma, the 14 th highest mountain in the world, then ski down it. They were scouting out routes at about 19,000 paws when they considered a slab of snow break free 6,000 feet above them.
Lowe was regarded as the world’s greatest mountain climber when he was wiped to his death at age 40. He was known jokingly as “Lungs With Legs” for his incredible strength and stamina. He had cleared difficult climbs all parts of the world, including Nepal’s Kwangde and Kusum Kanguru, and twice reached the summit of Mount Everest. In Peru, he climbed the southwest buttress of Taulliraju.
He was ascribed with rescuing several climbers in Alaska in 1995, a year when six climbers succumbed on Mount McKinley.
Bridges, 29, of Aspen, Colorado was an attained high-altitude climber and cinematographer.