Mike Matthews on the summit of Everest
Michael Matthews, age 22, of London, England, lost his
life on May 13, 1999, while descending to Camp 4 from
the summit of Mt. Everest. Mike was wearing a
red Northface Himalayan down suit. There as black trim
on the shoulders and knees, and he would have been
wearing a Russian oxygen system with perhaps a "UK" or
American bottle (UK or American bottle is about twice
as large as the orange Russian bottles) and was a
grey-blue color. His boots were black One-Sport
boots with yellow trim. His ice axe was a silver
color and was made of metal.
Mike was the youngest climber to ever reach the Summit
of Everest from the UK at the time. There
is no doubt Mike reached the Summit.
above is part of what we published per the requests of
the family and expedition with the hope that other
climbers would see Mike's body on Everest in later
years. Despite the requests and investigations, Mike's
body has never been found to our knowledge.
father, David Matthews, has now according to wire
reports filed a lawsuit against the guiding company, OTT Expeditions.
David has made his feelings pretty
widely known. Matthews apparently has also suit
against Henry Todd, who supplied the oxygen for the
Everest expedition; Jon Tinker, one of the 4 guides on
the OTT expedition that year, who went home early on
the expedition due to illness; and Mike Smith the
guide who was last with Mike Matthews. Mr Matthews believes the guides let Mike down that day on
Everest. Mike Smith was of course Russ Brice's
roommate and friend for several years. Mike has not,
to our knowledge, guided 8000 meter peaks since Mike
Matthews' death. Henry Todd, of course, has run
numerous expeditions to Everest. OTT Expeditions, went
out of business and became Alpine. They apparently
continued to run expeditions to Everest using others
guides and apparently providing logistics for others
including some very famous guides for a few years
after Mike' death. 8000 guiding is a small world.
disappeared from the 8000 scene and apparently had
numerous personal problems after Mike's death.
Apparently Mike Matthews was OTT first client who died
on Everest. The company, at the time, had several
succesful summits of Everest.
released the News on May 15th 1999 with a statement
from the OTT Expedition and the Matthews' family.
News: 5/15/99 Report 12:35 PM EST
Takes another life:
following release has been made by the Matthews family
and OTT Expeditions to EverestNews.com.
Matthews, aged 22, was lost presumed dead whilst
descending from the summit of Mount Everest on the
afternoon of 13th May 1999.
he never held it as an ambition he was the youngest
Briton to reach the summit of Everest.
was a keen mountaineer who had successfully climbed
Mount Aconcagua in Argentina in January of this year
and whose previous climbing experience included the
Swiss Alps, the Pyrenees and Kilimanjaro in Kenya. He
wanted to follow Everest with an attempt on Mount
was educated at Uppingham School. He worked as an
equity options trader in the City of London.
leaves behind his parents, David and Jane, his two
brothers, James (23) and Spencer (10) and his married
sister, Nina Mackie, all of whom are quite
inconsolable over the loss of Michael Robert Matthews
(4th March 1977- 13th May 1999.)
had been climbing with OTT Expeditions. The family
wish to thank members of the Team for their courage
and determination shown on the descent in Atrocious
is sad... Sad for all involved. Now it appears the
courts will decide more... More climbers will die on Everest, the Question is not
if, but who and how many will die? Experienced
climbers, some considered great, will die climbing
8000 meter peaks along with some climbers considered
clients. This is very high risk sport where people
die every year... If anyone tells you
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