World-class climber found in ice spent time in Utah

Posted at 9:54 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 09:41:39-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- He climbed Everest twice, and locally he was known for conquering nearly impossible ice climbs in Provo Canyon.

Alex Lowe was considered by many to be the best climber in the world.

Lowe and fellow climber, David Bridges, were found encased in ice last week. The pair were swept away in an avalanche in Tibet in October of 1999.

Friend and one time fellow guide Ted Wilson shared a memory of watching Lowe teach kids to climb.

"He was just as patient with those little kids as any good teacher could be, so his span of concern, his attachment to the quality of the mountains and to people was very, very deep," Wilson said.

Lowe worked for the Utah Avalanche Center and Black Diamond Outfitters during his time in Utah.

Wilson called Lowe a great citizen of Salt Lake City, often telling others about the wonderful alpine environment in the Beehive State.

In the original article for Outside Magazine that spurred the famous novel “Into Thin Air,” Lowe has a mention.

Lowe and his climbing partner are credited with helping with a rescue on a day that claimed eight lives on Mount Everest.