Climbing mountains is no mean feat, just ask Romi Garduce. The noted Filipino mountain climber, a scuba dive master, an environmentalist, and an IT professional, shares the challenges and the triumphs of his climbing expeditions in his new book: Akyat! A Filipino’s Journey to the Seven Summits.
To date, Garduce is the first and only Filipino who has climbed all seven summits in both the Bass and Messner list: Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest, Mount Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus, Mount Vinson, Mount Puncak Jaya, and Mount Kosciuszko. Due this feat, he was awarded an Order of Lakandula – Special Class Champion for Life and as well as one of The Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) of 2006.
Garduce, for the first time through his book, recounts the journey to the seven summits. For him reliving it on paper made him realize how truly challenging the journey was, “Sometimes it was hard to believe that I survived and prevailed against the many challenges that blocked my way.” He says he shares his story in the hopes of inspiring other people, “It’s a story that proves that truly nothing is impossible.”
His book highlights what Garduce went through to achieve the ultimate triumph. The tales from his treks are both inspiring and an eye opener to a sport still picking up ground in the Philippines.
Summit Natural Drinking Water, long known as the go-to drink of the country’s top athletes, is more than happy to support Garduce’s book. Dan Ong, brand manager of Summit says, “Romi’s story is truly one of a kind. To see what he went through and what he did to persevere is something worth sharing, and we at Summit are happy to support him and other Filipino athletes and sportsmen in doing so.”
Akyat! A Filipino’s Journey to the Seven Summits is now available in leading bookstores everywhere.