[Photo Above]: Me using the rope to climb up the sacred Mt. Banahaw during our Anniversary Climb.
As usual, I found a blog and I would like to share this to beginners like me because this is very useful. I am reading it as well and learning from it so I hope you will learn from this tips. and start your first trek or climb.
What is Mountain Climbing?
Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors while having fun in the process. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind.
Climbing mountains is truly rewarding: not only does it cultivate environmental awareness, it also develops a person’s character by facing and conquering one’s fears and ultimately conquering oneself, leaving the mountain climber with a great feeling of achievement.
In the Philippines, a person who climbs mountains as a hobby is generally called a mountaineer.
For anyone who wants to take up mountaineering as a hobby, there are several mountaineering clubs in the Philippines that offer a Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Some clubs offer a single day course, and others like the UP Mountaineers and Ayala Mountaineering Club incorporate the training into their application process that usually takes about 3 to 4 months to complete.
Note: My mountaineering group Team LOST (League of Summiteers and Trailblazers) is open for newbies also if you want to know more about climb simply follow this blog or visit Kalongkong Hiker on Facebook.
It is strongly encouraged for every aspiring climber to undergo the BMC. The BMC teaches the proper physical training and essential outdoor skills needed by a mountain climber, the proper climbing etiquette, and the “Leave No Trace” principles that are all very important to help minimize the impact on the environment.
Another advantage in learning BMC for the novice climber is the opportunity to collaborate with seasoned/professional climbers and receive priceless tips based on their years of climbing experience.
If you just want to try it out, you can tag along with your mountaineering friends and climb minor mountains near Metro Manila, or you can join other mountain climbing tours organized by experienced mountaineers and club organizations. For complete details and tips click here: Travelbook.ph
My Thoughts: “I learned the “Leave No Trace” principle when I started climbing and reading blogs and then later on been educating beginners the same principle. My first group was 0’dd TrEE formed as a group exclusively for Trenders who love to climb and closed friends then I joined L.O.S.T. Team (League of Summitters and Trailblazers) composed of different companies having the same passion and love for mountaineering and getting lost on the trail and we are known for traverse climbs.” ~ Kalongkong Hiker
Team L.O.S.T follows this Mountaineer’s creed:
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but foot prints, kill nothing but time.”
As a mountaineer, it is our job to be stewards of Mother Nature. Here are a few important things to remember when climbing mountains:
- Do not throw your trash anywhere, instead place it in your trash bag and bring it down the mountain and dispose of it accordingly.
- Do not vandalize or write words on trees and rock formations.
- Be considerate of other visitors and mountaineers. Minimize noise, like shouting, playing of loud music, etc.
- Be respectful to the locals and their customs and traditions. Greet other people when you meet them in the trails or in towns.
- Leave what you find. If you see something that is beautiful, please, by all means just leave it there and don’t bring it home with you.
- Follow the “Leave no Trace” principles, outlined on this link in detail.
Tips For Successful Mountaineering
Some points that should be considered before going for mountaineering are as follows:
1) For beginners don’t rush for stiff and huge mountains. Test your strength against small altitude hills.
2) Enthusiasm and physical strength can be related in sense that the amount of fun you will have while climbing will help to generate the body strength. Get an idea about routes you will follow.
3) Motivation is required to complete this long journey so see what motivates you. If you are in group enjoy the tour.
4) Examine your physical and mental strengths. Body resistance differs from person to person so avoid comparing yourself with others. You must be also technically sound to make proper use of tools with you. In order to have cardiovascular conditioning, try walking with a weighted backpack, running, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and stair climbing. To get strength in your upper-body try push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and indoor climbing.
5) Dehydration is the problem most of the mountaineers face during the course of their journey. Carry enough fluids and keep drinking them regularly this will help you from getting into dehydration problems.
6) Never overlook what your sixth sense says. Follow it or at least listen to what it is saying. Often it happens when everything looks good just like the route is in good nick, you are healthy etc, but your emotional response to the circumstances is anything but positive. If you feel you possess the potential to undermine your insight then overlook it else go with your feelings i.e. what your sixth sense feels.
7) Well it is said that experience is the best teacher. The problems you faced during the climbing the mountains should be analyzed as to what led us to in such situation and note them down. The same mistake will definitely not repeat again.
8 ) Meet some of the experienced mountaineers or certified guiding service and know about their good and bad experiences. Inquire about the necessary things required.
9) At higher altitudes breathing becomes difficult and so learns how to face such situation. Create the habit of working at a very moderate pace for long periods of time. Go for aerobic exercises which will teach you to use our body to breathe efficiently. If you are fortunate enough to reside near mountains, getting aerobic exercise by hiking up hills, skiing, biking and so forth is best sport specific training.
10) Learn the basic climbing techniques such as rappelling, belaying, anchor systems, climbing protection, useful climbing knots, basic rope management, and most important, basic wilderness survival.
11) Those worried about their fitness and heart problems avoid it. Buy a heart rate monitor to note your heart rate at different altitudes. Consult your doctor or physician and perform exercise which will help you at high altitudes.
12) Try to maintain constant rate of climbing. You can practice this if you have hills near by and see that you do at least two days from a week. Practice makes man perfect. Improve your stamina by setting new goals of increasing your work out.
13) Carry a walkman or portable MP3 player with you to avoid getting bored and to keep your mind busy instead of collecting worries.
14) Preferably you can go for weight training programs. This will make you more energetic and prevent you from getting into unnecessary injuries. This will for overweight people to drop some of their kilos and motivate them for the trek.
Mountaineering is more than just climbing high peaks, mountains it is the way to enjoy a different color of life and to know about nature its greatness and hugeness.
The Pinoy Mountaineer website is a comprehensive blog about hiking in the Philippines created by Gideon Lasco. This site contains detailed itineraries, tips, and other special concerns in climbing. Majority of mountaineers check this website for information and updates on the mountains that they plan to climb.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Based in Boulder, CO in the United States, the organization aims to achieve its goals through education, research, volunteerism and partnerships. Visit their website for more information.
- Travel Factor – although primarily offers beach and travel tours, this company also offers climbing tours to Mt. Pulag, Mt. Pinatubo, and other well known minor mountains.
- Trailadventours – a brainchild of the website Pinoymountaineer. This outfit offers tours on different mountains from Mt. Pinatubo, to Mt. Apo, and other outdoor destinations.
Other mountaineering groups also organize “open climbs” or “friendship climbs” that a newbie hiker can join. You can try also try searching Facebook events on the scheduled climbs of different groups like Voyager Adventure Club and Green Mountain Tribe.
Here are a few outdoor sport shops located within Metro Manila:
- Adventure Shack
- Bombproof/ High Adventure
- Camp-O Equipment and Accessories in Makati City
- Camp Sandugo
- Columbia Sportswear in various SM mall locations
- Conquer Outdoor Shop
- Estor Pang-Outdoor
- Expedition Plus in Makati City
- First Ascent
- The North Face – various SM and Ayala mall locations
- Mike’s Outdoor Shop
- Recreational Outdoor Exchange (R.O.X.)in Taguig City
- Sandugo Outdoor Shop
- Timog Outdoors in Las Piñas City
- Tropical Adventure Outdoor Shop
- White Mountains
*Backpacks can also be purchased at any Chris Sports and Toby’s Sports outlets located in SM and Ayala malls.
Thanks to Buzzle.com and Travelbook.ph for the write ups, I disowned the contents above and I am using this information just for education purposes only.
Disclaimer: The information shared on this blog or in emails is designed for educational purposes only. Credit is due to travelbook.ph and author Philip Handang, including buzzle.com and pinoymountaineer.com for tips and inside stories.
Good job buddy! I may not know you personally but I am sure I will recommend your blog as it is simple and your intentions are clear. Thank you very much, you are all inspirations! I added you to my favorites and hope to meet you someday. Keep climbing and writing!
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