Matt Moniz: Entering Everest Base Camp
"We were actually just walking into Base Camp, I was with one of my climbing partners Willie Benegas and our Sherpa Phura, and we started to feel the ground shake," says 17-year-old mountaineering phenom Matt Moniz, who was at Base Camp during the quake. "Then we saw three avalanches. We saw a huge wall of snow and we all dove behind a rock and covered our faces. The powder blast was moving at 300 kilometers per hour, there were tents and bags flying past us. We first thought of the teams in the icefall and we radioed everyone to get their status. Then we got search and rescue groups together to go look for people and bring them to the clinic." Moniz is currently at base camp helping with recovery camp while waiting for a helicopter ride to Luklua.