lakat…yaka-yaka…pakighimamat… [basic mountaineering course session 1]

a few weeks back, i was invited by one of my friends to join a basic mountaineering course. being an outdoorsy person myself, i grabbed the opportunity to join this activity. looking back with my college days, i find it hard to make the outdoor exploration a part of my busy, hectic schedule.

i have always been a lover of outdoors. from a simple hike to a planned trek, to a beach outing to an island hopping getaway, it has always been a part of me to venture and try out something new. it has been my innate nature to venture out to the woods or just plainly basking on the warm sunshine in a not so crowded beach.

together with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, we ventured into the thing called Basic Mountaineering Course. not many of those self proclaimed “mountaineers” had undergone this before assaulting their first summit/peak. as i went to the venue, it had been very nostalgic since i havent gone to Family Park for almost 6 years now. the last time i was here was together with kohais and senseis practicing Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu Kenjutsu. and the feeling of having to visit the exact same location where we bonded and shared experiences.

anyway, as i arrived on the place where we will have our lecturette, i noticed the area was having a lot of trees [mahogany and gemilina] which then reminds me of my summer getaway at Aloguinsan. anyhow, as we started our lecture, we had a lot of laughing moments with Sir Joel Carino, member of Mountaineering Federation of the Phils, Inc. [MFPI], USC Mountaineering [USCM], and presently working for Department of Environmental and Natural Resources [DENR], our main facilitator for the day.

here are the parts and parcels of info that he shared with us for the day. photos to follow since i wasnt able to prep my cell phone cam.

~history of back packing/mountaineering and who thought of bringing mountaineering into mainstream

~ Climb Preparation: at this point, i was able to gather that preparing for a climb does not only require physical capability but also mental preparedness. here are the following pointers:

PHYSICAL PREPARATION: [core strengthening, back muscles, legs and feet], strength endurance [to keep you up when carrying heavy loads], cardiovascular endurance, flexibility

MENTAL PREPARATION: free your mind from stress and other unnecessary stuff.

PLANNING A CLIMB: ***rule of thumb: never under estimate a MOUNTAIN***

1. things to anticipate: water source, weather conditions, food sources, technicality of the trail, where to camp

2. clear objective for the climb.

as we go on with the lecture, i also learned regarding the nature of the climb. as a novice outdoor enthusiast, i never expected that this info existed. there are five types of the nature of the climb. first is we have a TRAINING climb. this climb is for big groups of people or at least more than 10. it is a test for yourself for something big, like a minor or a major climb.

next we have MINOR and MAJOR CLIMB. now these types vary in between the # of days for the climb, type of location, vegetation and trails, what to look for, climate, etc. now there are instances where the minor or the major climb can be a training climb too.

as the day went on, we familiarized ourselves with the different essential equipment for a climb, what to bring, types of bags/loads, types of shoes and the 3W thing. 🙂

as an afterthought, back packing or being a mountaineer always entails perseverance and goals. you cant just simply claim that you are a mountaineer just for the heck of achieving peaks/summits. you are just then a peak hunter. being a mountaineer is having the awareness of the surroundings, the foliage and also on how to maintain working and lasting relationships with fellow mountaineers. it is how you relate to others and how you connect matters.

till my next climb! ciao! 🙂


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