Forget Me Not: A Memoir

Forget Me Not: A Memoir


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Forget Me Not: A Memoir by Jennifer Lowe-Anker

* A personal account of one of the greatest losses in the climbing world

* An elegant and gripping story of tragedy, as well as unexpected joy

* An entrée into the emotional world of climbers and their families

* Benefits the Nepal-based Khumbu Climbing School

In 1999 Jennifer Lowe's husband Alex Lowe died tragically in an avalanche on the Himalayan mountain Shishapangma, leaving her alone to raise three sons. Alex was widely considered one of the greatest modern climbers and the world mourned his loss -- Tom Brokaw did a one-hour special for Dateline, and Sting narrated and composed music for a tribute film.

While Jenni and her sons faced the absence of the most important man in their lives, Alex's best friend and longtime climbing partner, Conrad Anker, was dealing with the terrible loss as well as feelings of survivor's guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in one another and married in 2001 -- Conrad is now the adoptive father of the three Lowe children.

Through letters and expedition notes from Alex, Forget Me Not spans continents and tells the story of three people whose lives intertwine to a degree they could never have imagined. Jenni's account takes readers inside a woman's heart and mind as she navigates her shattered life and survives, ultimately finding transformative love through her great loss. From the valleys of Montana to the peaks of the Himalayas, this never-before told story exposes the controversial yet ultimately redemptive power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594850820
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

JENNIFER LOWE-ANKER is a successful visual artist and the founder of the Khumbu Climbing School and Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (see

Born in Missoula, Jennifer spent parts of her childhood working in the fields of her grandparent's homesteaded property in Montana's Grasshopper Valley. Lowe's paintings are rendered in the vivid color and rich texture of livestock markers and capture the whimsical images from her imagination and the memories of her Montana upbringing.

Lowe constructs her own frames and decorates them with a folk art quality - each of which carries an element of the painting that it is made for - giving her finished work a unique character. Jennifer began using the oily paintsticks in 1985 while a student at Montana State University. Since graduating in 1987, Lowe has been featured in 22 shows throughout the West. Her work has been shown alongside such well known Western artists as Thom Ross, Howard Post, Larry Pirnie and Donna Howell Sickels. Lowe's appeal has landed her work in private collections of such luminaries as Peter Fonda, Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges and Jerry Spence, as well as in the corporate collections of Patagonia and Chronicle Books.

She lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband, Conrad Anker and their three children-Max, Sam and Isaac.

JON KRAKAUER is an American writer andmountaineer, primarily known for his writing about theoutdoorsandmountain-climbing. He is the author of best-selling non-fiction booksInto the Wild,Into Thin Air,Under the Banner of Heaven, andWhere Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillmanas well as numerous magazine articles.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Jon Krakauer     ix
Author's Note     xv
Introduction     1
Love and Risk     5
Yosemite     19
Rocky Road     25
Working-Class Blues     45
Troubled Dreams     65
Responsible Family Man     87
Everest Years     107
A Hero     131
Polar Dance     151
Trango Tower Triumph     171
Shishapangma Drops Her Veil     187
The Passion of Grief     209
Leap of Faith     229
The Endless Knot     249
Coda     273
Acknowledgments     275

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Forget Me Not 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JuniperAS More than 1 year ago
Laid bare on each page, Jennifer Lowe-Anker lets us into her world, into the world of Alex Lowe, the world of her children and family, and the world of Conrad Anker. I am equally impressed by her willingness to share the story as I am by her poignant writing. I found it to be a book that was all consuming, and as a story has everything that one could want from a book, adventure, love, joy, loss, and the struggle to find happiness. But its not a story, its her life, and theirs, and I felt honored that she was willing to share it. Her words are carried off the page, translated into visions and emotions which are easily seen and felt. It is amazing. Thank-you.
Kat_Web More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely amazing book. I highly suggest it for anyone! It was written by the wife of a climber who died and left her to take care of three kids, and then she falls in love and gets married to his best friend. It's a story of Jennifer and Alex's lives together and how she moves on after his death.
KristyMcCaffrey More than 1 year ago
This memoir by Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a tribute to her late husband, Alex Lowe, considered by many to be one of the best climbers in the world at the time of his death. This is a love story and Jennifer shares their blossoming relationship, marriage, and family life with three sons in great detail. I couldn't help thinking what a wonderful gift this book is to her children. A climber herself, she understands her husband's deep need to push himself in the outdoors, but while motherhood calmed those urgings in herself, Alex was forever caught between his passion for the mountains and his deep love and loyalty to his family. While those on the outside may never understand this lifestyle, Jennifer shows what it means to love someone as they are, although she certainly wasn't always happy that he frequently spent months away from home. When Alex is lost in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999, she holds nothing back in sharing her grief, but also the healing. Her involvement with Conrad Anker, Alex's best friend and also a world-renowned climber, is also addressed. She and Conrad would marry and he would help raise Alex's sons. Perhaps only together could the two of them heal their grief over losing a man they both loved so much. I'm indebted to Ms. Lowe-Anker for sharing the stories of her life with Alex. His was a unique spirit, gone too soon.
oldeagle More than 1 year ago
Jennifer and Alex are Montana people. They love the outdoors and fell in love quickly. Happily married with three sons, all is perfect even though Alex is frequently away from home climbing mountains. The book was written after he was killed in an avalanche. Fortunately, she had kept the many wonderful letters he had sent to her over the years. I have given the book as a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago