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British tv character Spencer Matthews teamed up with Nims Purja of ’14 Peaks’ for a documentary premiering subsequent 12 months.
In 1999, Michael Matthews, 22, turned the youngest Brit to summit Mount Everest. Just a few hours later, he disappeared in a snowstorm and was by no means seen once more.
His brother, Spencer Matthews, was simply 10 years outdated on the time. Greater than 20 years later, Spencer ventured to the roof of the world himself. Not for the glory of climbing Everest however to attempt to discover his brother’s physique and produce it residence.
That effort resulted in a British-made documentary that Spencer and crew spent 18 months engaged on. Titled “Discovering Michael,” it acquired picked up by Disney+ UK, which plans to launch it someday in 2023.
“This has been probably the most significant and humbling expertise of my very own life, and it’s hoped the movie will ship my courageous brother the first rate legacy that he earned when so younger,” Spencer wrote on Instagram.
The Seek for Michael Matthews
Whereas Spencer Matthews made a reputation for himself as a tv character on reveals like “Celeb MasterChef” and “The Leap,” he’s not a veteran mountaineer.
Fortunately, he acquired Nims Purja — the Nepali climber of the hit Netflix documentary “14 Peaks” — to guide the search staff on Mount Everest.
It’s unclear in the event that they managed to search out Michael’s physique — nevertheless it’s unlikely. Bear Grylls revealed simply final week that he had tried and did not get better the physique in a “secret mission.” Whereas Spencer hasn’t talked about Grylls’ involvement within the quest, the TV star might have joined the expedition.
Grylls had damaged the file for the youngest Brit to summit Mount Everest when he was 23. A 12 months later, Michael Matthews broke Grylls’ file.
“We truly had an expedition on Everest to attempt to get better the physique of the brother of a great pal, who climbed it the 12 months after I used to be there however was by no means discovered,” Grylls mentioned. “We actually tried. We had the perfect staff on the earth.”
Michael Matthews’ tragic demise turned nationwide information in England. Not solely had he damaged a brand new file on the mountain, however he was additionally the brother-in-law of Pippa Middleton — Kate Middleton’s sister.
His household later created the Michael Matthews Basis, which funds training initiatives in Africa and Asia.