Alpine photo exhibit and first Filipino SevenSummit Climber Romi Garduce show what mountaineering is all about
The 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. With ‘The Cold Truth’ and a photo exhibit, alpine mountain climbing was given its proper portrayal as the most challenging and physically demanding form of climbing.
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. Everestin Asia, Mt. Elbrusin Europe, Mt. McKinleyin 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.
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
, 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
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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