July 6, 2014 Radio Show: Bagging Himalayan Peaks and Picking the Perfect Outdoor Gear

The father-son climbing duo of Mike and Matt Moniz went to Nepal this spring to climb three mountains. Everest was still shut down from the tragic April avalanche, but Matt still climbed 27,766 foot Makalu and 26,906 foot Cho Oyu. (photo by Barry Bishop/National Geographic)


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– Father-son mountaineering duo Mike and Matt Moniz planned a triple-8,000 meter peak visit to Nepal this spring, but Mount Everest had other plans. Following the avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas, the pair climbed Cho Oyu, but Mike left 16-year old Matt to summit Makalu, the world’s 6th tallest mountain, while he tried to negotiate a way to Everest through China. Having missed out on Makalu, Mike doesn’t feel the need to go back and summit the peak, saying, “one Moniz on the summit of Makalu is enough.” Listen here.

– Gear guru Steve Casimiro shares some of the best new modifications that can make outdoors adventures more comfortable: a zipperless sleeping bag, a headlamp that looks where you do, and a versatile flashlight that can help illuminate everything from cycling to scuba diving. Listen here.

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