Filipino mountaineer scales Antarctica’s highest peak

MANILA — Filipino mountain climber Romi Garduce made a historic feat in the elite adventure sport of mountaineering after he officially set foot atop Mt. Vinson Massif in the Antarctic Region.

Garduce scaled the mountain on January 5 at 6:45 p.m., Antarctica time (January 6, 5:45 a.m., Philippine time) amid a chilly weather of -26 degrees Celsius.

After reaching Vinson Massif, the 42-year-old Garduce joined an elite group of mountaineers that have been able to achieve the rare feat of reaching the summit of the seven highest mountains in seven continents.

Previously, Garduce was able to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa; Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina; Mt. Everest in Nepal; Mt. Elbrus in Russia; Mt. McKinley or Denali Peak in North America; Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia; and Mt. Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia—all in less than a decade. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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