Chomolungma

The 1st Filipino climb on Mt Everest (Chomolungma is d Tibetan name). Everest stands 8848m/29035ft, it's the highest pt on Earth. This highest climb dedicated to the people with the highest needs.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Recent Journey

Ops time-out, seems like we're all too focused on "summit" & "first" topics hehe. People think it's just climbing, just a reminder that the odds are against us, Ev summit is still a distant dream so let's not make an issue or make too much noise on that, a li'l less than 2 months we'll know if we can talk about it.. ;)

Let's sidetrack a bit and move away from the summit blackhole. Live the journey with us - so, how was our recent trip?

Back in Nepal
After a few months of resting in Manila, I was happy to be back in Nepal.
This is my 4th Nepal trip, but every visit - a whole new experience.

This is my 2nd Khumbu trip, but yet again - it's a different experience. I didn't know that the power crisis in Kathmandu is a subtle hint for me that smtg's gonna happen on my march trip. It hasn't been raining or snowing for a while in Nepal, and when it did (on our 3rd trekking day), oh boy it did a LOT! It was actually fun at first, it was like visiting Alaska. My co-trekker ('LA') was child-happy at first, shooting endless digi pix from his hi-tec cam, all his lens on high use. 3 days after, he was fed up HAHA! I recall my first trek in Nepal (1998), I was jumping like a happy cat seeing Himalayan white peaks for the first time, then I started cursing white peaks after 5days ;)

True also when i was hiking in Karakoram Pakistan (2001), first day of snow was a "wow"! Nothing like it! 2nd day it bored me. 3rd day we were hit by a blizzard, what I thought was pure beauty (snow) was now seen as color of cold hell ;( But, there are good days after storms, and experiences to cherish, so I kept coming back to strange places w/c are very different from our tropical paradise.

And so on our way to Tengboche, snow started hitting ground, and after 16days, snow still lay stubbornly in the Khumbu trails. I recall LA saying: "I wont go w/ you anymore, always off season with off-ideal conditions!" haha. Last Aug05 a pinoy group (incl him) went hiking w/ me in Langtang Nepal - during the end of monsoon. And so we got endless rain, and eekie jumping limatics (leeches). hehe.

But our Khumbu March trip was not w/o reward. We caught several glimpses of Thar (deer), saw a herd only 10m away, then again after the snowfall as close as 7m away. We saw a fox running towards Island Peak basecamp, our camp was visited by tamed (or hungry) cuckatoos (w/c I called hi-altitude chickens), saw eagles from time to time, have good photos/videos of majestic white himalayan peaks, greeted by a swarm of rhododendron flower-trees, tasted the warm hospitable caring from the locals, and overall, a near-ideal trekking experience. Seeing and experiencing the beauty of this wonderful place made me forget about the upcoming ordeal.. the good experience we had is a morale booster, so that hopefully we'll breeze thru the expected difficulty in the next coming months...

A Snapshot

Check out my only digi picture, more like a proof of life =)
Yes, I am in Nepal and not Siberia or Alaska. The background mt is Ama Dablam (6800m), north of that is Island Peak, and further north is Mt Everest. (Ah why only 1? Tsk tsk I'm videoing 90% of the time and film-cam shooting the rest. )
I hope the video clips are aired on Tv, so I can share this great travel experience back home... (abangan)

The Battle we can win

Join the cause, and be a part of this big leap in our history...

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of poor and struggling families all over our country;
children who do not have opportunities to enter primary school,
poor indigent patients who cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses,
kids who are malnourished and suffering from serious illnesses,
families who are victims of calamities,
and a million more who are simply ignored, neglected and uncared for.

Here's a call for us to live a life of shared wealth and success,
Together, we can make a big difference in uplifting the lives of our struggling countrymen.

JOIN ME in this campaign, as I CLIMB the highest point on Earth...

Help, donate or pledge now, and be part of "MT EVEREST CLIMB FOR A CAUSE 2006"!
The future is ours to make!


Thanks to Fr. Bong of Lucena for his 5000p pledge. Really appreciate it po =)
I'm also pledging 10k for the charity foundation.
You may email ph_climbforacause@yahoo.com if you wish to help us in this fund-raising, we'll collect after the climb.
You may also drop by Kapuso Foundation GMA office in Quezon City, or drop your contribution to any The North Face shops (Davao, Rockwell, Shangrila, Glorietta?).

Mabuhay!!

21 Comments:

  • At 1:03 AM, Blogger MOUNTAIN said…

    MR ROMY GARDUCH,

    HI.

    I'M CARL RODRIGUEZ FROM SCARBOROUGH, TORONTO. SO HAPPY THAT THERE ARE FILIPINOS LIKE ME (WAS BORN IN PANDACAN, MOVED HERE WHEN I WAS 11 YO) WHO LOVE TO HIT MOUNTAINS, EY. AND NOW YOU GUYS ARE DOING IT ON EVEREST! WONDERFUL.

    I REMEMBERED A DILEMMA WITH GREEK EVEREST TEAM. THERE WAS 1 GREEK CLIMBER WHO WANTS TO BUILD HIS OWN NAME. ANOTHER CLIMBER FROM ASIA WHO WANTS ALSO TO CLIMB TO HER OWN FAME. AND SHE ENDED UP WITH HER HOUSE BEING THROWN BY STONES BECAUSE SHE ENDS UP AS PERSONA NON GRATA.

    LIKE THAT OF GREEK, THE IMAGE OF GREECE WAS MARRED BECAUSE OF SOME PERSONAL URGES WAY BEYOND TEAM WORK AND TEAM PLAY. WE LOVE HOCKEY HERE. AND THE SUCCESS DEPENDS ON TEAM WORK. AND I KNOW THAT COMMERCIAL CLIMB IS NOT GREATLY RECOGNIZED BY MODERN MOUNTAINEERING AFTER ROB HALL'S ORDEAL. HOPE YOU DON'T HAVE PROBLEMS IN THE PHILIPPINES WITH YOUR HOUSE THROWN BY SHIT, MAN!

    ANYWAY, IF YOU PLAN TO GO HERE IN CANADA, WE CAN INVITE YOU TO CLIMB SOME GOOD SPOTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA ROCKIES OR IN WINNIPEG. WE CAN TAKE THE TRAIN OR BUS AROUND COUNTRY SIDE

    HOPE WE CAN UNITE AND RETARD OUR OWN WHIMS.

    CARL

     
  • At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Jom said…

    Romy,

    Nung paakyat-akyat ka lang sa UPM, naisip mo ba na balang araw ang dami mong ma-i-inspire?

    No pressure, akyat lang. Good luck uli sa 'yo! At kay LA din!

     
  • At 5:06 AM, Blogger hiraya said…

    hey romy!!!

    remember me grace maano - UPM batch 1999... i'm now in australia... and i heard about you from my friend fr. bong estremera (i'm also from lucena city)... he is an avid priest-mountaineer as well and he is so proud of you and the rest of the mt everest team ... i knew butch, regie, etc were planning an expedition... but didnt know you were into it as well... go for it men!!! i'm proud of you.... (would like to pledge na rin $200aud for your cause)

    bakit naman ngayon ko lang nalaman ang tungkol sa nepal open climb???? i have already applied for my annual leave... and besides i will need to retrain again to be physically fit to climb... last climb i've been to was mt. kinabalu last august 2005 with AAAC (aesculapian alpine adventure club) led by my friend dr. april llaneta from pgh.....would really love to do it again....

    pwede ba sumama sa future climbs mo?....pero pass muna sa mt. everest this may 2006 kasi naman bakit ngayon ko lang nalaman di tuloy ako nakapag apply ng annual leave on time hehehe just kidding....

    anyway, keep it up and as we all say: ONCE A MOUNTAINEER ALWAYS A MOUNTAINEER...

    grace
    email: gmaano@yahoo.com

     
  • At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nagka hetot-hetot na! nag-pull out na raw ang TNF sa "big-group". so anong gagamitin nila? bench? penshoppe?

     
  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger farm said…

    good luck as always ser!
    we're keenly awaiting your posts.
    farm

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Blogger Gaia21st said…

    Hi Romy!

    Ganda ng picture mo! Tagal ka pa pala dyan :)...sige lang, enjoy the view and the experience! We are always looking forward to your updates! Ingat palagi! BTW, talagang bigtime ka na, nakita kita sa TV! hehehe

    Roda

     
  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Jowayne said…

    Hi Romi... I am based here in Abu Dhabi UAE, less mountains and more deserts here!! But as a Filipino, I am very much interested in your expedition to the Mt. Everest. We saw the news at GMA Pinoy cable TV. I wish you and your team the best of luck in attempting the summit this coming May.

    BTW, I have a colleague at work, a Palestinian, who will attempt to summit Mt. Everest from the North together with his team Everest Climb for Peace (One Israeli on the team), they will start to acclimatize 1st week of April, and they have a National Geopgraphic team of film makers with them.

    I hope that both your team and the Everest Peace climbers will have a successful summit!!!

    Vamos Garduche!!!

    (is it ok to link your blog to my blog?)

    Thanks - JBL

     
  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger bunny said…

    Batchmate!!!!

    Habang linalamaig ka sa klima diyan sa Nepal, dito naman sa atin sa Pilipinas ay pai-init na ng pa-init ang usapin tungkol sa pag akyat mo sa Mt. Everest!

    Masaya ako na nandiyan ka na at naghahanda akyatin ang pinakamataas at napaka gandang bundok.

    Asahan mo ang suporta namin sa iyo at siyempre pati na rin sa iba natin kapwa pinoy climbers na nandiyan rin sa Nepal.

    Sana isang maging tagumpay ang yung lakad!

    Pagbalik mo, inom tayo sa saras para maiba naman, hehehehehe. Sagot ko beers mo!

    --bunny

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger farm said…

    ser,
    kmusta? kita kita sa video kumakain ng parang curry ah! ayos!
    ser, sino pala outfitter mo sa e? are you climbing just with lakpa or or your part of summitclimb's unguided program?
    para at least man lang mapanaginipan namin yung costs pra sa susunod sa yapak mo.
    mabuhay ka ser. and ingat kyo lahat, lalo na ung kasama mong tahimik na hanggang ngayon puto kuro2x lang kme kung sino, at sa lahat ng aakyat.
    farm

     
  • At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    etong si carl a.k.a. mountain - bakla talaga. hello wala naman sa plano ni roming makipag karera eh, passion niya yan at para sa charity (climb for a cause), nagkataon ung mga team everest e ayaw magpatalo so pilitin bang umakyat ng hindi handa tao nila, 2007 pa dapat sila eh. goodluck

     
  • At 6:21 PM, Anonymous shemps said…

    Roms........

    Isang Malaking......

    PUKE!!!!!! (KE,KE,ke,ke,ke,...)

     
  • At 11:52 PM, Anonymous bipolar chick said…

    This "anonymous" person who comments is ONE BIG FAG!

    Talks like a cheap showbiz wag.

    Wake up and smell the yak cheese whoever you are! Passion? Climb for a Cause? Things are not what they seem. You think there are people who benefit from his pursuit of personal glory? Are we that naaaaaaiiiiiveeeeeeee!

     
  • At 3:21 AM, Anonymous jom said…

    Bipolar chick,

    why put down efforts of others and hate on them? for what purpose? regardless of what any of the mountaineers' motives are, we all stand to benefit from it anyway by having a pinoy on E. so what's your problem? if you think you're better than anyone attempting E right now, why don't you go up yourself.

     
  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous GMA MC said…

    Sir GOODLUCK on your way to Mt. Everest. We are praying for your safety & sucess

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Garduch,
    Kamusta na? Ingat lang at ipagdasal na lang kita at ang iba mong mga kasama. Alam ko na medyo malamig diyan at mahirap huminga. INGIT AKOOO!!! Inom tayo pagbalik mo ( sa Sara's o sa shop para ma iba ).
    rgds,
    nur ( nrsgon@yahoo.com )

     
  • At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Garduch!

    May the Force be with you! Maraming pinoyclimbers ang nagsusuporta sayo!!!!!

    Gilson

     
  • At 3:34 AM, Blogger newguide said…

    good job!, inggit ako sayo to be honest, I have the money but no time. but you deserve what status you have in the mountaineering society in the philippines, keep it up, MABUHAY SAYO ! - mula sa backpackers ng Sacramento, USA the Niguidulas

     
  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    pakawala cguro ng kapamilya iyang c bipolar chick. malandi eh!

     
  • At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey romi!

    saw you on tv today and by golly banana, YOU ARE THE MAN!

    been reading your old blogs and your article "lessons learned from mountain climbing" is my favorite. it made me realize how much i've been missing out on life.

    i can't wait to see you fall in love. i still remember those brief moments when our eyes locked. i must have only imagined you felt something but i know i felt something. it's sad that you always seem to be chasing the ends of the world.

    on the one hand, it leaves me to wonder...you've reached the top of the world but it seems as if, way before you even stepped on top of the E, you're already itching to go somewhere else...as if you're always running away.

    to the mountaineering friends of romi, friends tayo... i know very little about your world but because of romi, i'm actually thinking about scaling at least one mountain before my knees can afford it no more.

    i just hope that if i should finally get on to doing it, i won't be a victim of discrimination due to my inexperience and the "different world" i come from.

    cheers to romi!

     
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