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Reunion (With the Masters) Climb at Mount Banoi and My New Friend From the Wild

Mount Banoi is located in the province of Batangas where its major jumpoff is at Sitio Malabnig, Brgy. Balatbat, Lobo. The mountains elevation is 960 meters above sea level (MASL) for the Main Peak and 850  MASL for the Two Towers’ Peak. It only requires 3-5 hours of reaching the summit and a lesser 2-3 hours of descent. Mount Banoi falls under the category of a minor climb.

To reunite with the people, who mentored me on this thrilling sport called mountaineering, is always something I look forward too since the year (2009) when I got to meet Redentor Gonzaga, Paul Basco, Katrina Dela Rosa, Rhovilyn Dadis and the rest of the now Sabit-Sabit Group on the mountain trails of Batulao, Tirad, and Timbak. Talking to these people each time we’re on the wilderness just brings so much joy. I couldn’t deny how thankful I am for what they’d imparted me: Lessons that are to be learned from the short course called, Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), turned out shorter because of them.  I’ve learned a lot directly about climbing preparations (e.g., the suitable outdoor apparel, which I admittedly ignored until my fourth climb, trail food, water discipline, etc.) to packing of equipment (e.g., light packing, which I failed to do repeatedly until my fourth climb also, ground equipment, water proofing, etc.). Moreover, on issues surrounding environmentalism like holding firm to the LNT principles. I have always admired these people because they share the same, if not more of what I can, concern to the now collapsing ecosystem. Hearing what they have to say about it is without a doubt enlightening. I remember how Ms. Kat called my attention when I spit, for lack of a better term, without manners. I eventually thanked her for lecturing me on the ripple effects of such manner. They are the kind of people whom everyone would love to hang out with especially on the mountain trails. I’m proud to say that I owe these people BIG time.  That’s the reason why climbs where anyone of the masters is present sure is anticipative for me.

On the 18th day of December last year, this reunion climb was held at the pristine and bushy mountain of Banoi in Lobo, Batangas. Apart from the fun we had during this reunion climb, there are three things I vividly remember about the mountain: its clean streamlets, lush vegetation, and the encounter with the locals halfway to the summit. The Wandering Feet is but flabbergasted with the mountain’s preserved beauty. I take my hats off to the people living atop 400 MASL because they know their responsibilities to Mother Nature.




The Summit’s Marker

And, of course, my new friend whom I met at the saddle.

This is to prove once again that I can talk to animals–as cute and deadly (or so I thought) as this fella. I thought I couldn’t convince him to give this unforgettable moment. Well, times like this require my ability to talk to animals, especially if it’s as daring as what you can see on the photo.


Mount Banoi truly is a preserved mountain perfect for hiking and adventure.

–Mt. Banoi is my fourteenth conquered mountain.

For more information about Mount Banoi (how to get there, sample itinerary, trivia, special concerns, etc.) please click this site: www.pinoymountaineer.com.

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Outreach to Mount Timbak

The Background

Mount Singakalsa (a.ka. Mt. Timbak) is the third highest mountain of Luzon Island. It is one of the revered peaks of the Cordillera Mountains and it is located at Atok, Benguet. According to my research pertaining to its elevation, Mt. Timbak is 2,717 (+) meters above sea level.

The Misadventure 

The supposed night trek turned out to be the opposite because of God’s Act. That night (15 May 2010), it rained like a celestial bucket was pouring H2O on the place the time we’re about to step on the toenails of this mountain. We ended up renting a room to get past the crying night in the colorful Baguio City.

The Mission

This climb was actually an outreach by a friend Ms. Rhovee Dadis. I must say I am blessed for taking part in its realization. My deepest gratitude to Rhovee for the invitation.

On May 16 May 2010, together with Rhovee Dadis, Paul, and Red, we successfully put the outreach into fruition.

Life Lessons Learned

Witnessing how difficult it is for the people, especially the children going to school, to get the supplies they need up the place. This prompted me to say a little prayer of gratitude to the Aura up in the sky. There’s no better way to repay the Aura’s Goodness than to give something out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Seeing the smiles of the kids of Timbak while receiving their stuff is larger than life experience.

Mt. Singakalsa gave my camera truly breathtaking pictures and new perspective about life: I am more blessed than I ever thought.


- Mt. Singakalsa was my fourth subdued giant.

For more information (special concerns, how to get to the place, trivia, climbing notes, etc.), click this website: pinoymountaineer.com.

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