Matthew Moniz, age 17, is one of Colorado's most accomplished young alpinists, having climbed four of the seven summits and setting the world speed record for completing all the US High Points by age 12 and was named a 2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for that effort. In 2014, he became the 14th American and youngest climber to summit Makalu (27,285'), the fifth highest mountain the world, reaching the top only seven days after summiting Cho Oyu (26,906'). He was recently named the 2015 Outdoor Inspiration Award Youth winner at Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in 2012 and in March, he was honored at the Boulder Distinguished Citizens dinner as the 2015 Boulder Distinguished Scout.
A Boulder native, Matt has been active in the outdoors since his early youth and is a competitive freestyle skier, mountain biker and rock climber. In addition to his outdoor pursuits, Matt is an accomplished public speaker and advocate on behalf of many causes including the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, American Himalayan Foundation, the Access Fund, and Outdoor Nation. He is sponsored by Q-Force, Mountain Hardwear, Zambarlan, Dynafit, and Leki.
It was a climb to Everest Base Camp at 17,200 feet and a summit of Kala Patar at 18,501 feet in April 2007 at the age of 9 that ignited Matt's enthusiasm for high-altitude alpine climbing. Within months of returning from Nepal, Matt set a lifetime goal to summit the seven highest peaks on each continent (known as the "Seven Summits"). In June 2008, at the age of 10, he became the youngest person to summit Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe at 18,510 feet. Also in June, Matt summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet. In December 2008, Matt again set a world record by becoming the youngest person to summit Cerro Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas and outside of the Himalayas at 22,841 feet. Matt holds certificates for all three of the ascents. In the spring of 2012, Matt led an expedition of family and friends to Everest Base Camp by way of a second summit of Kala Patthar.
Matt also has completed a record setting speed ascent of all fifty United State High Points. On June 3, 2010, Matt reached his first summit, Alaska's legendary Mt. McKinley at 20,320 feet, also the highest elevation in North America. An astonishing forty-three days later he completed the expedition atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea his fiftieth state high-point. Along the way, Matt successfully summited some of the America's most challenging peaks including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Whitney, Granite and Gannet Peaks.
Also in demand as a public speaker, Matt presented at the 2011 BIF-7 conference in Rhode Island and also gave the keynote address at the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Association’s national conference to an audience of doctors, patients and caregivers. He is an Outdoor Nation Ambassador, encouraging outdoor youth activities, and recently raised over $12,800 to prevent girl trafficking in the Himalaya. Matt is also Mountain Hardwear's first Youth Athlete - providing real-world challenges to the product designers and product testing in extreme conditions. Learn more about Matt's expeditions at www.climb7.com or follow Matt on twitter "Climb7Moniz".
Notable High Altitude Climbs
Everest Base Camp (Nepal) 17,200 ft April 9, 2007 Summit Kala Patar (Nepal) 18,501 ft April 10, 2007 Summit Mount Elbrus (Russia) 18,510 ft June 5, 2008 (Highest Point Europe) Certificate Summit Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) 19,341ft June 20, 2008 (Highest Point Africa) Certificate Summit Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 22,841 ft December 16, 2008 (Highest Point in the Americas) 14/3 Expedition Fourteen (Colorado, USA) 14,000 ft Colorado Peaks in 8 Days July 2, 2009 Mt. Dickey (attempt) Ruth Glacier, Alaska Range ((Alaska, USA) May 24, 2010 Summit Denali (Mt. McKinley) (USA) 20,320 ft, Alaska June 3, 2010 (Highest Point in North America) Summit Mt. Whitney 14,505 ft (USA) June 8, 2010 (Highest Point in the Lower 48) Summit Mt. Ranier 14,411 ft (USA) July 2, 2010
Summit Illimani 21,125 ft Bolivian Andes Cordillera Real (Bolivia) August 2011
Summit Huayna Potosi 19,974 ft Bolivian Andes Cordillera Real (Bolivia) August 2011
Summit Pequeño Alpamayo 17,618 ft Bolivian Andes Cordillera Real (Bolivia) August 2011
Everest Base Camp (Nepal) 17,200 ft April 2012 Summit Kala Patar (Nepal) 18,501 ft April 2012