Forget Me Not: A Memoir

Forget Me Not: A Memoir


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"Forget Me Not will stay with your forever. It is a beautifully written story of great love, great daring, great loss, and great recovery. Most of all, it is a story of great courage." - Tom Brokaw

High in the Himalaya, a world-class adventurer dies, leaving a wife, three young sons and a best friend to cope with their grief...

In 1999, well-known mountaineer, Alex Lowe, died tragically in an avalanche on the remote Himalayan Mountain Shishapangma, leaving his wife Jennifer alone to raise their three children. Alex was widely considered one of the greatest modern climbers of our time, and the world mourned his loss. Tom Brokaw interviewed Jennifer Lowe and Conrad Anker for Dateline, and Sting narrated and composed music for a tribute film, The Endless Knot.

While Jenni and her sons faced the absence of a husband and father, Alex's longtime climbing partner, Conrad Anker, who survived the accident that killed Lowe, faced his own grief and survivor's guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in each other.

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, finding love through loss. From the valleys of Montana, to the peaks of the Himalayas, this is the story of growing up, falling in love, finding adventure, rejoicing in parenthood, living through heartbreak, and believing in possibility -- above all else.

Readers will be spit from their armchairs, soaring across the heights of the highest peaks, and into the heart of the American west--with the voice of a soulful friend guiding their path.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594852749
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 609,863
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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.
ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book of love and dealing with the loss of a loved one. Jennifer tells the story of her life with Alex Lowe, one of the premier mountaineers of our time, and of his death and how she and her family dealt with the loss. She captures the rapture of living life to it's fullest even in the face of risk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago