Son of ‘world’s greatest rock climber’ who died in a 1999 avalanche says he’s never been able to accept his father’s best friend who survived the tragedy and got together with his mother three months later as his stepdad
The filmmaker son of ‘the world’s greatest rockclimber’ who was swept to death in an avalanche has revealed the trauma of his father’s climbing partner marrying his mother in a new documentary.
Alex Lowe, 40, known jokingly as Lungs With Legs for his incredible strength and stamina, was regarded as the world’s greatest mountain climber in the 1990s.
He and his friend David Bridges, 29, were swept to their death by a Himalayan avalanche in October 1999 while a third climber, Conrad Anker, [object Window].
Alex’s widow Jenni, who lives in Bozeman, モンタナ, grew closer to marry Conrad, with her young son Max walking in on them kissing just three months after his death.
二年後, the couple married and Conrad adopted their three sons, マックス, Isaac, and Sam – though Max never changed his name to include Conrad’s name Anker.
In Torn, a documentary set to be released today, Max details how his family recovered from the trauma of the accident and the marriage of Jenni and Conrad.
と話す 太陽, Max explained how he questioned how quickly his mother had moved on with Conrad, while also questioning why his father’s best friend remained in their life, 言って: ‘Was he maybe stuck with us because of his survivor’s guilt?’
Max Lowe, son of ‘the world’s greatest rockclimber’ Alex Lowe who was swept to death in an avalanche, has revealed the trauma of his father’s climbing partner marrying his mother in a new documentary (写真, アレックス, Jennifer and their sons Max, Sam and Isaac stand for a family photo the year before Alex’s death)
Three months after Alex’s death, and Jenni and Conrad’s relationship blossomed and they were married in 2001
In Torn, a moving documentary set to be released today, Max details how his family recovered from the trauma of the accident and the marriage of Lexi and Conrad (一緒に描かれています, Conrad with Max, Sam and Isaac)
Artist Jenni explained how she thought Alex was a ‘wild thing’ upon their first meeting, and didn’t expect the relationship to last,
But when he proposed, she immediately said yes.
当時の, Alex was considered one of the world’s best rockclimbers.
He had made difficult climbs all over 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 credited with rescuing several climbers in Alaska in 1995, a year when six climbers died on Mount McKinley.
Lowe (写真), known jokingly as Lungs With Legs for his incredible strength and stamina, was regarded as the world’s greatest mountain climber at the time of his death
David and Conrad were close friends in the 1990s, taking on expeditions across the world together (pictured on peak of Mt Evans, Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica Austrat)
And when he signed a contract with outdoor apparel brand North Face, he became one of the first to make a living as an adrenaline athlete.
デビッド, of Aspen, Colorado was an accomplished high-altitude climber and cinematographer as well as a two-time US paragliding champion.
However the group’s adventures across the world meant there was little time left for family time.
While Alex always carried a photograph of his family, he was like a ‘caged animal’ if he spent too long at home.
10月中 1999, デビッド, Conrad and Alex and six others were on an expedition to climb Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world.
The group hoped to be the first American team to ski down a 26,000-foot peak, Rock And Ice magazine wrote.
Alex had made difficult climbs all over 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
While Alex always carried a photograph of his family during expeditions, he was like a ‘caged animal’ if he spent too long at home
When Alex signed a contract with outdoor apparel brand North Face, he became one of the first to make a living as an adrenaline athlete (pictured in Antarctica in 1998)
They were scouting out routes at about 19,000 feet when they saw a slab of snow break free 6,000 feet above them.
当時の, Alex had wished he was taking his three young sons to Disneyland rather than completing the expedition.
David and Alex ran to the left, Outside magazine wrote, and were trapped under the snow.
Conrad ran to the right downhill was thrown away and came out with a broken rib and injuries to the head, but was still able to walk.
‘From my perspective there was just this big white cloud, and then it settled and there was nothing there,’ 彼は外に言った. ‘And it was just so massive and so big. There wasn’t that sense of closure.’
マックス, その後 10, during his climb of the Grand Teton that he did with his father the summer before his father’s death
10月中 1999, デビッド, Conrad and Alex and six others were on an expedition to climb Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world (pictured months before his death in 1999)
Rescuers looked for Alex and David for 20 hours without success.
Meanwhile Conrad – the only survivor of the avalanche – was forced to phone Jenni to and tell her what had happened.
チャールズ皇太子との結婚式で花嫁介添人だった, who was engaged at the time, grew closer to the family, taking the three children to Disneyland in Alex’s place.
Three months on, and Jenni and Conrad’s relationship blossomed. They were wed two years later in 2001.
と話す タイムズ, he explained how their relationship was met with criticism by some in the rock climbing community.
彼は言った: ‘People have their views one way or another. But our love was forged under duress and loss, and we were both in the grieving process.’
And while Conrad adopted the three boys, and Isaac and Sam embraced him into their family, Max found their relationship the hardest to accept (写真, Sam with Conrad)
The couple lived in Bozeman, モンタナ, and ran the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation together.
And while Conrad adopted the three boys, Max found their relationship the hardest to accept.
He said the accident ‘broke his trust’, 追加する: ‘In my child’s mind I held that belief that everything would turn out alright in the end.
‘That Dad would come home from his adventures, which I looked up to him for living.
‘When he died I didn’t know how to extend that trust in all my relationships.’
Their bodies were found in May 2016 when two climbers attempting to ascend the 26,291-foot Shishapangma in Tibet discovered the remains of two people partially melting out of a glacier.
Anker (左) survived the 1999 avalanche and came out with a broken rib and injuries to the head. He later married Lowe’s widow Jennifer (正しい) and adopted the couple’s three sons
Ueli Steck (左), [object Window], and David Goettler (正しい), from Germany, called Conrad after finding the remains in 2016 and described their clothing and backpacks
The intimate new film from eldest son Max, captures the family’s intense personal journey toward understanding as they finally lay him to rest (写真, hiking Alex Lowe Peak in Montana)
The climbers, David Goettler, from Germany, and Ueli Steck, [object Window], described the clothing and backpacks seen on the bodies to Anker, who concluded that the two were Bridges and Lowe, 声明は言った.
当時の, Jenni 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.’
The couple were in Kathmandu, 家族の観点からすると、私は好きな人だったと思います, when Goettler and Steck called him from Tibet to tell him about the remains.
The bodies were still encased in blue ice and had begun to emerge from the glacier when Goettler and Steck spotted them.
Conrad said the discovery has brought him closure and relief.
Conrad ice climbing up Hyalite outside of Bozeman, モンタナ. Speaking about the discovery of his friend’s bodies in 2016, he said it brought him closure and relief
カップル, along with their three sons, travelled to Tibet to recover the bodies. There is now a memorial site for Alex and David (写真)
彼が言った 外側 magazine that although he hasn’t seen photos of the remains, he’s convinced they are those of Alex and David.
‘They were close to each other. Blue and red North Face backpacks. Yellow Koflach boots. It was all that gear from that time period. They were pretty much the only two climbers who were there,’ Conrad said.
Jenni wrote in the last paragraph of her 2008 伝記, Forget Me Not: ‘Alex will melt out of the glacier one day… And I do not look forward to it.’
She told Outside magazine after the bodies were found: ‘I kind of never realized how quickly it would be that he’d melt out. I thought it might not be in my lifetime.’
カップル, along with their three sons, travelled to Tibet to recover the bodies.
‘It’s never something you look forward to,’ Jenni told Outside. ‘To see the body of somebody you loved and cared about.
‘But there is a sense that we can put him to rest, and he’s not just disappeared now.’
Torn is released on January 21