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 planned on climbing Mt. Everest and Lhotse with a ski attempt of the Lhotse Couloir, but everything changed on April 25, 2015, when an earthquake struck Nepal and triggered an avalanche from Pumori into Everest Base Camp.
In April 2015, Matt and his team left for Nepal for a third expedition: an anticipated summit of Mt. Everest followed by a summit of Lhotse and then an attempt to ski the Lhotse Couloir. As they approached Mt. Everest on April 25, 2015, an earthquake struck Nepal and triggered an avalanche from Pumori into Everest Base Camp. Matt took cover behind a boulder as a 200 mph powder blast hit the camp. At least 22 people were killed and many injured. Matt immediately began helping the wounded and with other rescue efforts. For his actions, Matt received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award for lifesaving – The Honor Medal with Crossed Palms.
After the initial earthquake Matt remained in Nepal to assist with rebuilding efforts. Matt and his climbing partner, Willie Benegas, raised enough funds to hire over 800 porters to carry nearly 18 metric tons of World Food Program supplies to the people of the devastated village of Laprak. Matt stayed in Nepal for month working with a team of international doctors and climbers to care for the injured and build temporary schools and homes in the remote Himalayan mountains.
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!