The Talomo-Apo Megatraverse

“Megatraverse.” When you put it that way it sounds like this grand endeavor only those in the ranks of great kings and fearless warriors would ever accomplish. It is not. But is is a worthy adventure, nonetheless. The Talomo-Apo traverse – or “megatraverse,” as some would call it – takes hikers brave enough to take on […]

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There and Back Again

Just this February, I was able to hike up Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain. It was an unforgettable experience and one of the best I’ve had in relation to mountaineering. (You can read about the hike here.) For a month, I’ve been tuning up myself for yet another go at climbing Mt. Apo. This […]

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Greatest Hits… So Far

We are already halfway through 2014. I started writing this post in January. It was supposed to list ten of my favorite hikes from the previous year. A lot of things happened since then and sadly, I never got to really finish my post. The Daily Post’s writing challenge this week asks us to “shake […]

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At Last, an Adventure!

“I’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die; I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.” ― John Marsden, A Killing Frost   Finally, after a 9-week hiatus from hiking, I’ll be […]

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Pick-me-up

What is the one word or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it? “Buti na lang may climb bukas!” In English, it translates to “it’s a good thing there’s going to be a climb tomorrow.” This is my perfect pick-me-up. Every commune with the mountains is an experience that makes my heart […]

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FAQ

  On the summit of Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak “Why do you climb mountains?” I guess it is an age-old question and one that I am often asked as well. People (non-hikers, mostly) almost always seem fascinated by the fact that there are those like me who go to great lengths just to reach a mountaintop. And […]

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A Journey to the Top

A journey to the top of the world Philippines… At 9,692 feet, Mt. Apo stands tall above all other Philippine mountains. Along with 11 other hikers, I climbed Mt. Apo last February 11-13. It was a Valentine event of sorts and the mountain was my date. It was glorious. Our Mt. Apo climb… The team: Different landmarks […]

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Of Mountains and Goals

Another continuing theme of this blog will be mountaineering. It is perhaps the one thing I am most passionate about. Mountaineering for me is not just a sport or a recreation, it is a way of life, an expression of self, and a practice of faith and devotion. Here is a list of my top […]

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