Child Climber to Trek 14 Peaks for Friend

Eleven-year-old Matt Moniz, of Boulder, Colo., is climbing 14 14,000-foot mountains in 14 days to help raise money for his ailing friend. CBS

Matt Moniz is one of the world's youngest mountain climbers.

The 11 year old from Boulder, Colo. has scaled three of the world's seven summits, including South America's tallest peak, the 22,000-foot Cerro Aconcagua, Europe's tallest mountain, Mount Elberus, and Africa's famed Mount Kilamanjaro.

And now he's climbing in his home state of Colorado for a cause that is close to his heart. CBS News correspondent Priya David reported on "The Early Show" Friday, Moniz is attempting to climb 14 14,000-foot mountains in 14 days. The effort is to help to raise money for his best friend 9-year-old Ian Hess, who suffers from pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Hess's medical bills run more than $100,000 every year, and Moniz wants to help his family foot the bill. With corporate sponsorships and donations, Moniz has almost reached his goal. If you would like to help, visit Climb7.com.

"Early Show" guest anchor Chris Wragge spoke with Matt Moniz, his father, Mike Moniz, and Hess on "The Early Show" Friday:


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