After 17 Years, Dan Bridges' Mission: To Recover His Lost Brother From Tibetan Mountaintop
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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
His Brother Dan and Family are running a GoFundMe Campaign to try and raise funds to bring his remains home. Please help him if you can. After 17 years the Tibetan ice is finally letting go of him.
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."
Shishapangma Mountain on the left.
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.
This means that Dan is going on an epic journey to lay his brother to rest and this includes a whole host of things. Travel to Tibet is not easy. Permits and plane tickets must be bought, the basecamp they have to travel to alone is at 17,000 feet. This also means that Dan must train for a month in order to take the month long journey just to get to the place where they can recover the body.
We are asking for your help with the travel costs to get Dan to Tibet in one month. We are emptying our savings but it will take much more than that to lay Dave to rest.
This would be closure for Dave and Alex's family in a way that we did not think would be possible. It means everything to us. Thank you so much for your support in this difficult time.
You can read more about Dave and his life here: