The Playground Of Demigods And Nephilims: Tarak Ridge

I once read that all mountain landscapes hold stories. And those stories may come from what we read, from what we dream, and from what we create. One of my most notable climbs before leaving the country more than a year ago is at Mount Mariveles, most popularly known as Tarak Ridge, in Bataan. The…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

The moment I read the Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme today, what came to mind in a flash is my ever lofty concubine. I had an almost unbreakable plan to see her during my vacation last March to April this year but something more adamant came up that winnowed every grain of that plan. I mollified…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

The highlight of my adventure to Mount Manalmon in the province of Bulacan a couple of weeks ago: indulging in the thrill of crossing Madlum river using the two-rope bridge. Photo Credit: Mr. Paul Basco Related articles Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge (mikehardisty.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge (mothergrogan.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge (brittenasplund.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge:…

Reunion Climb At Mount Banoi And My New Friend From The Wild

To reunite with the people who mentored me on this thrilling sport called mountaineering is always something I look forward to since 2009. That was the year I got to meet Red, Paul, Kat, Rhov, and the rest of the now Sabit-Sabit Mountaineers on the mountain trails of Batulao, Tirad, and Timbak. Talking to these…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

  If there’s one thing I would like to celebrate, it would be the fact that I’m alive and kicking. I’ve never been so aware of his gift of life until I had experienced the hardest climb in my more than two years of mountain climbing. That was the time I battled the pit of death…

Amid The Rains And Darkness At Mount Marami

“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 awareness” Louis Bromfield….

Mount Maculot’s Irony

It has been my practice that when I blog about a particular mountain I conquered, what I always, if not usually, do is to just note the events or my reasons from pushing albeit the narration in my blog entry entitled, “Why Do I Love Mountain Climbing?“. In this particular post, I only had two…

Why Do I Love Hiking?

One of my friends asked me that question while we were chitchatting the other night at the gym. For someone who was not in the mood to tell a long story, six words sufficed: “I love being one with nature.” Of course, there is more to those words than he could dig. The chance to…

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…