Longtime best friends Matthew Stewart and Carlos Romero died Aug. 2, 2020 while hiking California's Mount Whitney. They were on a quest to hike the tallest peak in each state, and had completed five summits at the time of their fatal fall.
Matthew, also known to friends and family as "Scooter," is survived by mother, Jeanne Sosey, and his wife, Mariah Jensen. Carlos leaves behind his parents, Carla and Rodrigo Romero.
Matthew was born on June 3, 1986 in Garberville, CA, and grew up mostly on the banks and waters of the Eel River. Along with hiking, he loved skiing and rock-climbing. His childhood nickname was Scooter due to his eagerness to be on the go before he learned to crawl or walk. The name stuck. At the time of his death, he had served for five years as the executive director of the nonprofit organization Friends of the Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Carlos Romero was born on May 13, 1986 in Coos Bay, OR. He loved the ocean as much as Matthew loved the river. His hobbies included deep sea fishing, and he looked forward to his annual trips to Alaska with his dad. Carlos worked as a fishing guide during the summers, and during the academic year was a lecturer in environmental sciences at College of the Redwoods.
The two met as undergrads at Humboldt State University where they immediately became friends. One of their favorite accomplishments was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail together in 2017.
Both men will be cremated and no services will be held.
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