Base Camp Update

The team at 18,000'

The team has been at base camp for the past three days. Yesterday’s acclimatization hike took them to 18,000 ft. Mike posted a great update on Facebook this morning which summarizes the team’s plans for the next couple of days.

The sun just hit the tent here at base camp which means it’s time to crawl out of the down bag. Tomorrow morning [Thursday pm, MDT], we’ll be moving camps to Advanced Base Camp (ABC), with an overnight at an intermediate camp. As you can imagine, weather is a big factor in our success. Many of you know Joel Gratz, the founder of OpenSnow, but you may not know that he has been instrumental in getting us to the top of many mountains all over the planet. Once again, Joel is working with the expedition team to help us find good weather windows to move up the mountain. Here is today’s weather update for Cho Oyu:

Overall: Pattern is pretty steady through the 24/25th, then it changes. This likely means decreasing high altitude wind speeds starting around the 25/26th, and weakening even further by the 29th.

Winds at high altitude: Moderate on Thursday, weaker on Friday (~40kts), increasing on Saturday then strong Saturday night through about the 24th.

Snow: Normal afternoon showers on Thursday, lower chance of snow on Friday, then snow chances increase again Saturday and Sunday. Monday, Tuesday, and likely Wednesday look like little to no snow, then perhaps more snow next Thursday and Friday.

Recap: Friday (4/18) has weakest winds of the next week. Next Mon & Tue (4/21,4/22) should be the driest.

Stay tuned for additional updates!

Pranked on our acclimatization rotation to 18,000 ft. My "partners" added about 25lbs of rocks to my pack. Just wait!

Matt is most happy when he's above 18,000 feet. The boy loves to climb.

Base Camp Life

When not climbing, the team plays hearts at BC.  Tools of the trade are essential for victory!

Thanks, Nite Ize, for the great headlamps!

Cho Oyu Base Camp

SPOT update at 2214 MDT on 4/15

The team has made it to Cho Oyu Base Camp! SPOT update, pictures and a few words were posted by Mike on Facebook today:

It’s official. Team Triple 8 are on the mountain and set to climb Cho Oyu! It’s a beautiful day here in Tibet. We’ll be spending three nights at base camp (15,800 ft) and then moving up mountain to Advanced Base Camp (ABC).

Also, our very own Jim Walkley was quoted on Alan Arnette’s blog yesterday. We encourage everyone to bookmark Alan’s site to get an idea of the big picture situation on Everest as well as his insights. It doesn’t hurt that he is a beautiful writer as well!

Most amazing tent site facing Cho Oyu, Tibet. 15,820 ft.

Additional Everest Coverage

The Climb7 Triple 8 coverage is often limited by communication issues. To get continuing coverage, we highly recommend The Blog by Alan Arnette. Alan’s site is, hands down, the best way to keep up with the current events on Mt. Everest as well as the related climbs. Alan’s insights can be extremely helpful for understanding the big picture in the Himalaya and how that impacts the Triple 8 team.

Thanks, Alan, for your great coverage!

Weekend Recap: Tingri and Tibetan Plateau

Communications were challenging over the weekend as the team traveled through Tibet. Trekking overland achieves two purposes:  it gets the team from point A to point B over difficult terrain, and even though it is not the easiest way to travel, the slow, steady climb upwards in elevation allows red blood cells to build and the team to acclimate.

Today’s Facebook post reflected the following from Mike:

Finally back online. Traveled from Nyalam to Tingri (14,200) yesterday across Nyalam Pass (16,200) and the high Tibetan Plateau. Stunning views of Cho Oyu, Everest and Shisshapangma. Matt and I will be moving with the team to Cho Oyu Base Camp (15,680) tomorrow morning. Everyone is healthy and in good spirits.

You can see on the map the context of the distance traveled and the distance yet to go. Looking forward to more news from Cho Oyu base camp once established!

Nayalam Town

The team made it to Tibet after a somewhat trying border crossing. The team posted this to Facebook:

Sleepless in Tibet. Made it through a stressful border crossing yesterday. Some food confiscated, cheese and dried meats. Not in Kansas anymore. Heading north to Tingri, home of the rabid dogs. A grand adventure for sure.

Heading north to Tibet by van. Many hours ahead with the team.

Lunch stop along Son Khosi. Nearing Tibet

I hear it’s pretty cold and the dogs are noisy. The team will be on the move in the morning (their time) headed towards Cho Oyu base camp. The current plan is to acclimate over the next eight days in Tibet to 16,000ft with a summit push on Cho Oyu hopefully on May 6th.  Then it will be back to the Nepal side to Everest Base Camp. (4/11)

Kathmandu, part deux

The team is still in Kathmandu and spent the past two days taking care of all the paperwork and business that precedes a bid on the big Himalayan mountains.

Matt meeting the Nepal Ministry of Tourism's Mountaineering Director

The permits to climb Mt. Everest and Lhotse have been obtained, the communications equipment was successfully tested, and there was even time left for a bit of tourism.

Monkey Temple

Now – sleeping and final “real” showers before leaving for Cho Oyu in the morning!

Monkey at the Monkey Temple

Climbing with Purpose: PHA

Climbing, exploring, breaking new ground – that’s what this team does. But we also recognize that climbing offers a powerful platform to bring attention to the issues closest to our hearts. Our team has chosen several areas on which to focus for our Triple 8 Expedition. We’ll be featuring a few of those causes over the course of the climb.

Patients, like Matt’s oldest friend, with Pulmonary Hyptertension, a little-known fatal disease affecting the lungs, have long struggled with a way to to make their disease more relatable. At the top of Aconcagua, Matt made the connection:  the struggle to breathe at altitude remarkably similar to the daily symptoms of PH.  Suddenly, legions of patients had a voice and a new language.

Since that moment, Matt has climbed and spoken out to raise awareness for research, fund-raising and patient advocacy.   On this climb, Matt will be carrying patient’s bracelets to Pangboche for a blessing by Lama Geshe and then to the top of the world.

The bracelets will act as a reminder of the burden of this debilitating disease and the promise of hope for the future.


After an intense week of final preparation, Matt and Mike were wheels up from Denver early Saturday morning. Traveling through Tokyo and Bangkok’s famous C7 gate, the team arrived safe and sound with all their gear intact on Sunday afternoon. The psyched look on Mat’s face says it all, right?

We should all look so spry after eight hours of sleep, much less 25 hours of international travel. The resilience of youth!

Triple 8 Expedition

Climb7 is excited to announce the Triple 8 Expedition.

In the spring of 2012, a strong push to the summit left Mike Moniz exhilarated and exhausted. Digging deep, only 24 hours later, he was on the summit of Lhotse, the fourth tallest peak in the world. Back-to-back summits are rare in the Himalaya, especially on the 8,000 meter giants. Now, in 2014, the team of Matt Moniz, Mike Moniz and Jim Walkley will attempt an unprecedented link-up of three Himalayan giants, three of the six tallest peaks in the world, in one expedition.

Cho Oyu (26,906′) comes first as an opportunity to give the altitude a test run, thoroughly acclimatize and pay homage to the mountains to come. Next up, the big one – Mt. Everest (29,029′) quickly followed by Lhotse (27,940′). The team is equipped to try a ski attempt from the summit of Lhotse.