The North Face® Announces Success of 1st Filipino to Complete Historic Seven Summits Quest

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For Romi Garduce, it was never a question of 'if', but rather 'when'. The Philippines' most decorated mountaineer joined the world's elite as he officially completed the ‘7 summits of the world’ feat when he set foot atop Mt. Vinson Massif in the Antarctic Region on January 5 at 6:45pm Antarctic time (January 6, 5:45am, Philippine time).

Romi Garduce atop Vinson Massif’s peak

Romi Garduce atop Vinson Massif’s peak

There are still a lot for me and other Filipinos to aspire for in the world of mountaineering and the outdoors. We have yet to reach the South Pole, or climb all 25+ ft peaks, we can attempt the North Pole-South Pole-Everest Grandslam, the list goes on...

For Romi Garduce, it was never a question of 'if', but rather 'when'. The Philippines' most decorated mountaineer joined the world's elite as he officially completed the ‘7 summits of the world’ feat when he set foot atop Mt. Vinson Massif in the Antarctic Region on January 5 at 6:45pm Antarctic time (January 6, 5:45am, Philippine time). He has finally sighed relief after literally spending a very cold and white Christmas as he journeyed to Antarctica to conquer the 16,067 foot alpine mountain prior to the holiday season. Technically equipped by The North Face, the world's premiere outdoor brand, and R.O.X. South East Asia’s biggest outdoor super store and backed by TV Giant GMA 7 and the Primer Group of Companies, Garduce dedicated this effort to the nation as his aptly titled Pito Para sa Pilipino expedition suggested.

'This was by no means an easy climb as we carried 100lbs of equipment while subjected to up to -26 degree celsius temperatures. That’s like carrying a sack of rice in conditions that were colder than the average household freezer,' Garduce narrated at the GMA press conference held in Manila, yesterday. ‘But this is a passion that all true mountaineers understand; there is a deep sense of fulfillment in every summit. To keep pushing your limits, discovering and experiencing the world through exploration is something very deep and personal for me, and I hope to inspire and share that feeling to all Filipinos,’ he continues.

Having reached the top of the world in Mt. Everest last 2006, many would assume that after the '7 Summits' Garduce will be ready to call it quits with mountaineering, but on the contrary, he says: 'This is only the beginning.' Speaking with sparkling eyes and a profound sense of adventure he goes on: 'There are still a lot for me and other Filipinos to aspire for in the world of mountaineering and the outdoors. We have yet to reach the South Pole, or climb all 25+ ft peaks, we can attempt the North Pole-South Pole-Everest Grandslam, the list goes on....’ Garduce’s small frame and humble demeanor may belie a boundless energy for adventure, or mask a contagious enthusiasm for discovery, but with the '7 summits' conquest and his bucket list of outdoor challenges, no one will doubt that he truly personifies the spirit to Never Stop Exploring.

The North Face launches 7 summits Pilipinas Campaign

True to its promise to encourage, inspire and enable exploration, The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic and technically innovative apparel, equipment and footwear has launched its 7 Summits Pilipinas campaign (7SP). Anchored on brand ambassador Romi Garduce's triumph over the '7 summits of the World' (climbing the 7 highest peaks in each of the 7 continents) The North Face intends to localize the experience and challenge all mountaineers and outdoorsmen to conquer their own 7 Summits around the Philippines and win up to P100,000.00 in the process. For details and registration log on to: The North Face 7 Summits Pilipinas Facebook Fan Page or visit any The North Face and R.O.X. branches nationwide.

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