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Widely hailed as the greatest mountaineer of his day, Alex Lowe was a hero to a generation of outdoor sports enthusiasts. Handsome, charismatic and almost supernaturally energetic, he found a kindred spirit and climbing partner in fellow alpinist Conrad Anker. One of the few family men in a perilous field typically reserved for young single men, Lowe struggled to balance his insatiable need to tackle risky ascents with his adoration and love for his wife, Jennifer, and their three young sons.

In 1999, Lowe, Anker and cameraman David Bridges were part of an expedition sponsored by The North Face to summit Tibet’s 26,289-foot Mount Shishapangma. On a scouting day, Alex, David and Conrad were crossing a snowfield beneath the face of the peak when a massive avalanche struck. Anker survived, but Lowe and Bridges did not. Wracked with survivor’s guilt, Anker reached out to offer his support to Jennifer and her sons, Max, 11, Sam, 7, and Isaac, 3. Soon after, he and Jennifer fell in love and were married, and Anker adopted the boys, whom he raised as his own.

In 2016, 17 years after their deaths, Lowe’s and Bridges’ bodies were discovered, melted from the glacier in which they were buried, by climbers Ueli Steck and David Goettler. Lowe’s family journeyed to the remote Himalayan mountain to recover the men’s remains. In the powerful and deeply moving new documentary TORN, director Max Lowe examines the long-buried feelings the discovery unearthed for him and his family members. Weaving together archival footage of Alex’s spellbinding adventures, revealing home movies, and emotional interviews with Jennifer, Sam, Isaac and Conrad, Lowe challenges long-held family myths and questions his own beliefs as he creates an insightful examination of fatherhood, love, loss and resilience set against the high-stakes world of professional mountain climbing.

Join us for a live screening at Explorers Club Headquarters, and conversation with Director and Club Fellow Max Lowe following the film – Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 pm


This will be an in-person screening at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.

In-person tickets are $10 for Members, and $25 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

To secure a reservation, please email us at [email protected], or call us at 212.628.8383. We will not be accepting walk-ins for this lecture.

To attend in person, we will require proof of vaccination. If you are making reservations, you must submit proof of vaccination to [email protected] by Noon ET on Thursday, December 2nd. No refunds will be available for those that don’t present adequate proof of vaccination by this deadline.

6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Screening Begins
8:30 pm Conversation with Max Lowe

Max Lowe


Max Lowe is a filmmaker and photographer known for the short films “Slacker,” “Adventure Not War,” “Sky Migrations” and, most recently, “Bare Existence.” He has produced commercial still and film content for brands such as The North Face, Calvin Klein and Toyota. Lowe has been on shoots taking him up Alaska’s Inside Passage, into the deserts of the Sahara and to the high peaks of the Himalaya, as well as journeying to Antarctica by sea on three separate expeditions.

From a young age, Lowe was exposed to the magic of traveling to and observing some of the world’s most remote cultures and environments. Taking up storytelling as his mission, he received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant in 2012. Since then, he has shot and produced for The Atlantic, National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic magazines. In addition to being seen on the BBC and in the IMAX film “National Parks Adventure,” Lowe has appeared in publications such as Science magazine, Men’s Journal and Outside magazine.

From his backyard in Bozeman, Montana, to the far corners of the globe, Lowe has witnessed countless extraordinary moments, wildlife encounters and interactions with people from vastly different walks of life. It is from these experiences that his passion to capture stories and bring them to the world stems.

December 2,2021
December 2, 2021
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
Max Lowe
Max Lowe
Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th St, NY, NY
Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th St, NY, NY
“TORN” – Film Screening


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