British Climber Tony Streather has died
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Harry Reginald Antony “Tony” Streather OBE sadly passed away on the 31st October 2018 aged 92.
Photograph © Mountain Heritage show Joe Brown and Tony Streather (right)
Streather was originally commissioned into the Indian Army where he saw service towards the end of the Second World War. He transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1947 and was immediately awarded his ‘war rank’ of Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain in 1953 and to Lieutenant Colonel in 1967. In the 1965 New Year Honours he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and in the 1977 New Year Honours he was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Tony was selected for trials for the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition, but he was rejected later because of a lack of technical experience.
Also in 1953 he was invited to join the American Karakoram Expedition, which attempted a far more technical route up K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Though again originally in charge of logistics, he climbed as high as anyone else and was involved in the dramatic events at 7,800 m.
In 1955, Streather participated in the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. With Norman Hardie, he reached the summit the day after the first summit party of Joe Brown and George Band.
In 1957 he survived an epic near-ascent of Haramosh (7,397 m). In 1959 he led a successful expedition that included an ascent of on Malubiting Southeast (6,970).
In 1976 Streather led the Joint British Army, Royal Nepalese Army Mount Everest expedition, which successfully put two British Army climbers Bronco Lane and Brummie Stokes on the summit on the highest mountain in the world.