16 Years Later, Bodies of Elite Climber Alex Lowe, Cameraman Found in Glacier

Alex Lowe and David Bridges were part of an expedition that set out to film a documentary series for NBC Sports when they were buried under cascades of snow

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The bodies of Alex Lowe, considered the top mountain climber in the world during the 1990s, and his cameraman have been found in a melting glacier in Tibet 16 years after they were buried in an avalanche, NBC New reported. 

Lowe, 40, and cameraman David Bridges, 29, were part of an expedition that set out to film a documentary series for NBC Sports when they were buried under cascades of snow on the 26,335-foot-tall Shishapangma mountain — the 14th-highest in the world — on Oct. 5, 1999.

The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation said their remains were found last week by German climber David Göttler and Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who were acclimatizing for their own ascent on the mountain's south face.

Lowe and other climbers were seeking to become the first Americans to ski down from the summit of Shishapangma for an episode of an NBC Sports documentary series called "The North Face Expeditions," hosted by the musician Sting.

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