Amid The Rains And Darkness At Mount Marami

At the Summit“There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awarenessLouis Bromfield.

Our climb to Mount Marami (08 May 2011) was the pathway for a clearer understanding of how true the quote above is. Amid the rains and darkness on our way up the summit and down to the giant’s foot, higher awareness on things is what I saw in each tussle. That’s when:

1) I was reminded of how beautiful my feet are each time I scrape the mud building up on its soles, which was like the “constant” of our ascent and descent;

2) I realized I am most aware that I have the gift of life for defeating the countless gravitational pull of the ravine should I allow myself to slip or fall to its unseen bottom;

3) Each time I quiver from the blades of the rain and chilling winds scratching my skin, I learned how strong I was that I managed not to completely fall until we’re past the wilderness, danger zone;

4) Having only less than 50 (the average) photographs mirrored my lack of resourcefulness;

5) Getting astray for three times despite specific instructions from the guide, taught me to follow my instinct and pray to the Aura up there for guidance (We eventually made our way out of the woods and to the high path because of the Bamboo Plant I photographed at the foot of the giant. The latter asseverated that the next message you need is always right where you are.); and

(6) Getting soaked in the rain for ten hours without catching cough and colds proved that I am making a good job at becoming fit and healthy .

I owe the evolution of my ideas of “pleasure” and “awareness” to this climb. The tears and howls of Mother Nature that enveloped the entirety of Mount Marami that day raised the value of the comforts I can get from living in the metropolis and each time I rely to the comforting melancholy of my solitude and to the struggles I have to face on the shoulders and heads of the giants.

Mount Marami is my thirteenth conquered mountain.

For more information (how to get to the place, climbing notes, special concerns, trivia, more stories, etc.), read this article from Mount Marami (405+MASL).


15 Comments Add yours

  1. bercton says:

    Really lovely photo! and exciting stuff!


  2. john tugano says:

    wow..kahit masama ang panahon talagang sumugod kayo ah..Nice pics I think its your most adventurous climb so far..


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The Hardest at that … I don’t know but each time I encounter new forms of struggles in the mountains, the more I am driven to conquer more. Thanks, John!


  3. ramoncito17 says:

    Very nice post on Mount Marami. Congratulations on conquering another mountain. Like the pictures of the misty mountain. Most importantly glad that you had a safe climb.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you, Ramon. I thank Mother Nature for the safe climb. She probably knows that we are the kind of mountaineers that are worth saving 🙂


  4. MGuruG says:

    Seriously. Loved the photographs and the writing… Keep going…


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Sure, Guhan. Thanks a lot for the push!


  5. woohoo. parehong pareho tayo ng karanasan sa bundok na to. hehe


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Unexpected things happen for unexpected reasons.


  6. Manong Unyol says:

    sayang sir umuulan lage ko rin nararanasan yan walang view at umuulan… hehehe sir wag mo ako kalimutan imbitahan sakaling akyat ka ng bundok pag uwi mo 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Mas masaya pag maraming kasama. Yes, I will.


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