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Saturday, September 29, 2012

In Focus : Philippine Climber Romi Garduce - The Cold Truth

Press Release 

Recreation Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.) introduced another outdoor activity last September 27, 2012 at its branch in Bonifacio High Street. Alpine mountain climbing was at the spotlight this evening, with Romi Garduce, first Filipino Seven Summit climber, enlightening the crowd. 

The 3rd floor of R.O.X. was packed with outdoor enthusiasts! :) 
Garduce, who was been climbing mountains since he joined the UP Mountaineers in 1991, is the first Filipino to accomplish the feat of scaling the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits are the highest peaks in all seven continents, namely Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Aconcagua in South America, Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. McKinley in North America, the Cartensz Pyramid in Oceania, and the Vinson Massif in Antartica. It was in January of 2012 when Garduce completed the seven by conquering Vinson Massif. 

Vinson Massif  
In his talk, Garduce spoke about his years as a mountaineer, the challenges he had to face, and the preparation he had to undertake before facing each mountain. As an alpine climber, one must be completely self-reliant, toting all items needed for food, shelter, and safety while going up a mountain. In addition to carrying this load, one must be at the height of physical fitness, as well as mental preparedness. Garduce shared behind-the-scenes stories about his quests, with a short video on climbing Mt. Everest, the world’s highest and most treacherous peak to climbers. He also shared tips on training and health, climbing gear, and how to get started on this grueling mountain sport.

Mt. Everest - highest peak in the world. :)
Mt. Aconcagua - highest mountain in South America

All mountain photos for this post were shared as part of the press kit and were taken by Romi Garduce and Levi Nayahangan. 

Garduce’s talk was supplemented by the week-long Alpine photo exhibit at the R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street branch, which was held from September 24 to 31. 
R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia's next retail giant.


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