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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."
On October 5, Lowe, Bridges and Anker were crossing a glacier at 19,000 feet when a serac broke off 6,000 feet above them, loosing an avalanche. Bridge and Lowe were buried. Anker was thrown by the windblast but survived with injuries. Despite a 20-hour search, Lowe and Bridges were never found. Lowe was considered among the finest all-around alpinists in the world. Bridges was an accomplished high-altitude climber, cinematographer and two-time US national paragliding champion.