16-Year-Old Heads for Everest

Teen to connect three 8K-meter peaks

Himalaya Chain

The Himalaya chain.     Photo: piccaya/Getty Images

When Matt Moniz was nine, he went Everest Base Camp with his dad. “A little 18,000-footer,” he called it. “After that, I was hooked. I’d just had the best time of my life," Moniz told National Geographic.

Moniz then climbed Kilimanjaro and Russia’s Elbrus. When he turned 10, he summited the 22,841-foot Aconcagua. It’s no surprise that Moniz was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2010—the youngest to be honored. 

At 12, Muniz and his father climbed the highest points in the 50 states in 43 days, from 20,320-foot Denali to Florida’s 345-foot Britton Hill. On April 3, he’s off to Nepal to climb his first 8,000-meter peak. 

He’s 16 now, and he sounds pretty excited about the upcoming adventure: 

“Our goal when planning this expedition was to limit objective risk, test me on an 'easier' 8,000-meter peak prior to an attempt on Everest, and, if all goes well, connect multiple peaks, one mountain at a time.” 

Read more about the father/son adventure at NationalGeographic.com.

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