Monday, August 2, 2010

12 Year Old Climber Climbs 50 Highpoints in 43 Days!

When the father and son team of Mike and Matt Moniz approached us about climbing Denali we quickly picked up on two things: they had seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm and 12 year old Matt was the driving force in the decision. As we worked together over a period of months on a plan for the expedition, Mike let me in on a secret, secondary plan that would be contingent on their reaching the top of Denali. I've not mentioned it previously, but would like to offer up a hearty congratulations on the two of them for their recent accomplishment.

The two climbers stood on top of the highest point on each of the 50 states in the US in a record 43 days!

The logistics involved were mind-boggling, but Matt's determination, combined with dad's planning and attention to detail resulted in things pretty much going as planned.

This amazing feat was fueled by Matt's desire to raise both funds and awareness for a dear friend's illness, Pulmonary Hypertension. They raised $25,000 and hopefully a lot of awareness in the process. You can read about their travels, find articles and links as well as some great video on their website HERE. (Yes, that is a Mountain Trip logo on the top left corner of their tricked-out van's window. Thanks for the props, guys!!!)

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