The Great Cordilleran Traverse: Mt. Napulauan, A Bloody Climb

This is my version of the climb. For Saul’s version of our climb, you may visit his site: Great Cordillera Traverse: Mt. Napulawan Edition. Day 1: A Small World of Bloody Coincidences When I started taking climbing seriously, the thought of doing an overnight climb barely crossed my mind. The idea of spending a night […]

Traversing the Verdant Forest of Malipunyo Mountain Range

Following a very successful climbing year in 2017 which helped me get back in shape, I was looking forward to climbing more mountains in 2018. I planned to climb at least one mountain per month. My first climbing assignment for 2018 was supposed to be Zambales’ newly discovered Mt. Pimmayong. I had to back up […]

2017 Year End Climb: Sailing Towards a Better Year

December 3, 2017 It’s been a month since I’ve climbed a mountain. My last was at South Korea’s Ulsan Bawi Rock, my first international hike. Sadly, after that Korean excursion, I have fallen into a spell of sedentary lifestyle. My procrastination made me long for a new adventure. Then I came across a hiking group’s […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part IV)

This is a series. Check out the other parts below: Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I) Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part II) Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part III) The Final Stretch: A Thunderous Uproar in the Mountains Fourteen hours since setting out on this jourey, we […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part III)

This is a series. Check out the other parts below: Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I) Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part II) Mt. Bira-bira and Mt. Naulaw: Brief Respite While we were climbing down to Mt. Bira-bira, we snapped pictures on the numerous rock structures along the trail. Idyllic […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part II)

This is a series. Check out the other parts below: Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I) Mt. Balingkilat, The Home of the Thunder God Before proceeding with our hike, all joiners performed their respective pre-hike routines. When everyone was ready, we gathered around for the orientation and the pre-climb prayer. After doing […]

Cawag Pentalogy: The Ultimate Open Trail Challenge (Part I)

2017, It’s All About Getting Back into Shape Before 2017, I managed to climb only four mountains. Most of it was for pleasure rather than for health purposes. However, my perspective began to change in 2017. With an adamantine resolve that I never thought I had, I climbed one mountain at a time. The time to […]