Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Romi Garduce's Journey and truth about Snow Blindness

I am so proud of our very own Romi Garduce as he finished reaching the 6 out of the seven summits last July. Romi Garduce is considered the first ever Filipino to complete the Seven Summits of the World with “Vinson Massif” (the highest summit or peak in Antarctica) as his next and final target. Romi was able to reach the summit of Carstensz Pyramid (The highest Island Peak in the world) this July which has been documented and telecasted on local tv stations here. I remember his journey to Mount Everest last 2006 which was also being covered by media LIVE. From their journey to the Base camp up to the highest peak of Mount Everest where Romi planted our very own Filipino flag. They shared all their adventures and sacrifices while they’re on camp but of course, all those hard work paid off when he successfully reached the summit. Here are some pictures of Romi Garduce taken from the web.(Romi waving our Flag in the summit of Carstensz Pyramid)

Since we’re talking about Mountain Climbing here, I guess I can share you the topic about an eye condition that mostly experienced by mountain climbers. Photokeratitis or most commonly known as Snow blindness is a condition of eye discomfortness due to exposure to ultraviolet rays. It’s a temporary condition though but it doesn’t mean that you have to ignore it because it might also get worst and might give you pain, poor vision, and constricted pupil. It is also being experienced by most snowboarders. There’s actually one main reason why most climbers and snowboarders experience snow blindness and that’s no other than the failure to wear necessary protective eye gear s. Snowboard Goggles should always be worn to protect your eyes from any sudden and intense exposure to ultraviolet rays. We know how important our sight is so we have to do our best to protect our eyes from any harm.(Romi shown wearing the necessary protective gears including the protective sunglasses)

Of course aside from the snow goggles, climbers like our very own Romi Garduce or even snowboarders, skiers, and skaters, should wear all the necessary protective gears. You have to pay attention to any single details like checking if your boots are fitted well or if your belt is securely fastened because a single negligence may cause bigger disaster which may risk your life. Make sure that your gears are made out of high quality materials that can withstand strong and bad weather condition.


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