One last trip before 2014 ends. Last year, we survived Mt. Batulao, now we conquered Mt. Pico de Loro. I’m with a friend who has being trekking back and forth to this place for the past 6 years. This time we are with some participants who want to experience the highlands. I have an important task: I will be the sweeper with a whistle to make sure that no one will be left behind.
How to get there?
Get to Zapote and look for a Mini-Bus going to Ternate, Cavite. The fare is just Php. 70.00 from Zapote to Ternate and the ride will take at least 2 hours. Then take a tricycle ride from Ternate to DENR for Php 75 per head. This will take at least an hour.
Php 50.00. Php. 25.00 at DENR and Php. 25.00 at the Jump Off(Base Camp).
What to bring?
Yourself. No one will carry you up to the peak. So build your courage and have a strong will to get to the top. Food and Water. This is not a feast, so it’s better to bring just enough food and drinking water or TOKA TOKA(assign who will bring this stuff). Gear up. Don’t suit up as if you’re attending a party. It will get messy. Camera. To capture the moment and your achievement. What else? And always listen to your guide.
Kamusta ang Hilaw na Maling?
Be Silent. Be Still. Enjoy and take a Selfie.
Now, let us go to the mental health benefits. When was the last time you had a full breath of fresh mountain air? When was the last time you heard the sounds of the forests, far from the noise of the city? Hiking may be physically exhausting, but it is mentally relaxing, because it brings us back to nature, where our species used to belong. When I was a medical student, I found out that I actually felt better after a hike, even if I just came from a 24-hour duty! . In the mountains, ‘physical exhaustion’ can be a very fulfilling feeling. Doesn’t it feel great to sweat out your body? Bear in mind too that the mountain is not a treadmill where the best view you can see is a LCD screen. The mountains are beautiful!The most difficult trail is that one that leads nowhere. The easiest trail is one that takes you to your dreams. Follow it with all your heart! Hiking is not a test of strength, but a test of will, and we all know that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
– Gideon Lasco, MD.
Congrats for surviving your†First Climb.
- Michelle Torres
- Henry Tadlip
- Erliza Tadlip
- William Itulid
- Jean Aydalla
- Rima Martisano
- Jonathan Almirante
Till next time.