The team took off from Boulder, CO on May 28, 2008 and headed to the base of Mt. Elbrus located on the border of the Russian Federation and Georgia. The trip took them through London and Moscow to land at Minerlnye Vody and then a four hour overland journey through the Baskan River Valley flanked by the Caucasus Mountains.
The team started climbing on June 1, starting with a series of acclimatization climbs and ski descents and summited on June 6.
The team selected to summit via a longer and less traveled trail called the Lemosho-Lava Tower Route. You can read about the detailed itinerary and learn more on Tusker's great website. See you at the top. The Team
The team started on December 5th with tests and pulling permits in Mendoza, Argentina. Georgia. They began climbing on December 9th starting with a series of acclimatization climbs on neighboring peaks, including Cerro Bonete, and summited on December 16th.
In March 2010, I completed a weeklong expedition into the Alaska Range, a relatively narrow, 650-km-long (400 mi) mountain range in the southcentral region of the U.S. state of Alaska. The Alaska Range runs from Lake Clark at its southwest end to the White River in Canada's Yukon Territory in the southeast. The highest mountain in North America,Mount McKinley or Denali, is in the Alaska Range.
What if by climbing a mountain you could experience a day in the life of your best friend as he fights a complex life-threatening disease? You would know the same shortness of breath after walking a few steps, the same fatigue, dizziness and throbbing neck veins that your friend lives with every day, symptoms of a destructive disease that currently has no cure.
Beginning on July 10, 2009, Matthew Moniz and a core team of five climbers will do just that. The team climbed fourteen of Colorado’s famed 14,000 foot peaks, commonly known as the “14ers”, in a short eight days to cover a total of 36,846, vertical feet and 65 miles. This breath-taking endeavor will give each of the climbers a first-hand sense of a typical day in the life of a patient with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).
Peak 4: Denali and 50-50-50 Expedition - June 2010
On June 3, 2010, I started in Alaska at the summit of Denali and from there I went to every high point of every US state in a speed record breaking 43 days, 3 hours and 51 minutes. I'm raising awareness of the rare disease that afflicts my best friend, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and to encourage other kids like me to get off the couch and into the outdoors.
Cordillera Real - Bolivia
Cordillera Real Range - Bolivian Expedition In August 2011, Matt headed to Bolivia to climb three pretty big Bolivian peaks: Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618 ft), Huyana Potosi (19,974 ft) and Illimani (21,122 ft). The team summited the peaks plus managed to get in an adventerous 64 km mountain bike ride. Also joining the climb are Matt's dad, Mike Moniz, Charley Mace (aslo acting as the official team video/photographer) and Ben Mace.