My name is Matt Moniz. I am an alpinist, an adventurer, an advocate and an ambassador. My passion is the outdoors – skiing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and protecting the land that makes these activities possible.
In 2014, I became the 14th American and youngest climber to summit Makalu (27,285'), the 5th highest mountain the world. I reached the top only seven days after summiting Cho Oyu (26,906'). I also hold the speed record for completing the 50 High Points in the 50 States, starting from the summit of Denali in Alaska to the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii in 43 days, 3 hours and 51 minutes in 2010.
I am climbing my way through the Seven Summits having summited Aconcagua (22,841 ft) in South America, Denali (20,237 ft) in North America, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) in Africa and Mount Elbrus (18,510) in Europe. In 2015, I will be climbing Mt. Everest and Lhotse with a ski attempt of the Lhotse Couloir.
Matt Moniz, Willie Benegas and Jim Walkley are safe at Everest Base Camp. We encourage everyone to please follow Matt's Facebook page for dynamic real-time updates.
KDVR and Chris Tomer filed this report yesterday on the Colorado climbers.
It's a new year, a new climbing season and a new Everest. Join Matt and his team of Willie Benegas and Jim Walkley (both veterans of last year's Triple 8 Expedition) as they aim for Mt. Everest, followed by a summit of Lhotse and an attempt to ski the Lhotse Couloir.
The Climb7 team will be reporting on the expedition here, Facebook, and on the Climb7 blog.
Matt and the Triple 8 are proud to be supported by Q-Force. The team has made Q-Force products the backbone of their training and climbing protocol and central to the expedition’s story. Combining antioxidants to boost the immune system and help fight off the effects of the extreme altitude (like cerebral edema) and anti-inflammatory effects with proven endurance-building and bolstered recovery properties, Q-Force is the perfect supplement for our ambitious, high-altitude itinerary.
Winner of the 2015 Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for Troop 171
We are so proud of Matt for achieving this incredible honor. Matt's accomplishments were recognized on 3/18 at the 34th Annual Boulder Distinguished Citizen Dinner. Congratulations!