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Today is our scheduled once a month get together with my fellow young adults at church (Love and Praise Fellowship). It is supposed to be a lunch date only but turned out to be a road trip full of fun, laughter, and foods! I am blessed to have this people.

IMG_7888The driver (Rahnford), the guide (Kiking), and the other driver (Dondon).

Since the plan was to have a lunch date, we decided to go to Barkadahan Grill at Divisoria, since it have a meal with unlimited rice! A great choice for rice eaters like us. Lol 😀

IMG_7900The young adults (Jepong, Kiking, Josua, Paolo, Jan2x, Me, Brenda, Don2x, PJ, and Teddy)

Enjoyed a full meal and was able to discussed our ministry plans for this year. Hoping all will be implemented. After the meeting, the unexpected turn of events took place. Decided to just explore wherever someone would suggest a place since we borrowed the church vehicle (Kia L300).

First destination: Life Style (a new hang-out to chill during the night, live acoustic night, foods, and drinks)

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I am so sleepy now. I will rest, I will continue to edit this tomorrow…

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Basic Mountaineering Course

Course Description:

Basic mountaineering course to introduce leisure activities to the novice mountaineer, along with the basic rudiments and skills of the activity, the course shall stress key concept in fitness and safety.

Course Objectives:

  • To develop the participants appreciation for nature and awareness of sound conservation practices through practical experiences.
  • To develop desirable qualities of character such as resourcefulness and creativity that can be drawn out of trying situations brought about by the outdoor experience.
  • To develop physiological fitness through progressive exercise.
  • To provide a venue for individual satisfaction and enjoyment through different outdoor pursuits. Basic Mountaineering Course outline will be discussed by one of the accredited BMC instructors in the Philippines, Mr. Eric A. Bontuyan.

Course Outline:

01. Introduction
02. Planning and Preparation
03. Backpacking / Mountaineering Equipment
04. Weatherproofing and Pack Loading
05. Trekking
06. Camp Management and Camp Site Selection
07. Water Management / Water Discipline
08. Ropemanship
09. Knot Tying
10. Land Navigation
11. Basic FirstAid
12. Environmental Lecture
13. Sensitivity to Local Communities and Fellow Mountaineers

Event Host:

ROTA Philippines Inc.

Venue:

Ultra Winds Resort, Baongon, Bukidnon, Philippines.

Date:

February 1-2, 2014

My Event ID

My Event ID

Ultra Winds Resort overlooking view

Ultra Winds Resort overlooking view.

Our campsite. Various groups of mountaineers of Cagayan de Oro participated in the Basic Mouintaineering Course.

Our campsite. Various groups of mountaineers of Cagayan de Oro participated in the Basic Mountaineering Course.

Mr. Eric Bontuyan, our certified BMC Instructor.

Mr. Eric Bontuyan, our certified BMC Instructor.

Snapshots of some activities:

Knot tying.

Knot tying.

Using the compass and map reading.

Using the compass and map reading.

What I love being around with these people.

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Nature it is!

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Overlooking view at night.

Overlooking view at night.

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KAPAIT Team  (Katkat Aron Pagakab-oton Ang Imong Tinguha) Combined Powers of KAYA, PAPA, and IITM group of mouintaineers.

KAPAIT Team (Katkat Aron Pagakab-oton Ang Imong Tinguha) Combined Powers of KAYA, PAPA, and IITM group of mouintaineers.

All of us! with ROTA, LASPAG, KAYA, PAPA, IITM, and ATTACK group of mountaineers.

All of us! with ROTA, LASPAG, KAYA, PAPA, IITM, and ATTACK group of mountaineers.

Graduated at last!

Graduated at last!

for more pictures, visit our official photos at: ROTA Philippines Inc.

Thank you ROTA Pilipinas for hosting this event. I have learned a lot. I am now officially a graduate of Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) and Leave No Trace (LNT). Bravo!

Mt. Salumayagon Climb

Mt. Salumayagon trek is a relatively easy activity. Average hiking time is 4-5 hours and designed for starters and climbers who wish to have more relaxing time on trail and camp. Mt. Salumayagon is located in the municipality of Alubijid, Misamis Oriental. Trail is single tracked, open and trail condition is dry to muddy if it rains. A little slope will be encountered nearing the summit.

Getting ready before the trek with my co-mountaineers aka KAYA team.

Getting ready before the trek with my co-mountaineers aka KAYA team.

Having fun while trekking.

Having fun while trekking.

There were a few local civilizations  we passed along the way.

There were a few local civilizations we passed along the way.

This was once an old mine quarry.

This was once an old mine quarry.

Just beautiful!

Just beautiful!

A post at the lake in Danao's crater after we have plant trees.

A post at the lake in Danao’s crater after we have plant trees.

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I am a newbie mountaineer but a proud one. I got to see the world in a different perspective. I am blessed to see all of these.

Mt. Hibok Hibok Climb

Mt. Hibok Hibok Climb

My very first unprepared climb at Mt. Hibok Hibok, Camiguin, Philippines.
outfit mismatch, unfamiliar trail, no idea what kind of climb it was…

The white spot behind me is the White Island of Camiguin

The white spot behind me is the White Island of Camiguin

Going down to the crater.

Going down to the crater.

Almost at the crater.

Almost at the crater.

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The water in the lake at the crater was supposed to be sulfuric and not safe for drinking. But that time, I did not know! And because of not bringing enough liquid and not wanting to be dehydrated, we did drink there! And yes, we survived! Lol

 

Travel buddies

Travel buddies

Water Rafting

This was one of the adventures I will never forget. Needless to say I don’t know how to swim that time. Yet I dared to experience this with the support of my church mates and prayer all the way. I must say, water rafting in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines is a must adrenaline rush adventure to experienced. You learn and enjoy at the same time since rafting is a team work.

Me and Alex with the still life guards. Hehe!

Me and Alex with the still life guards. Hehe!

Orientation should be done first to all participants. You will be group per raft. You got to have a leader in each team plus the guide. Safety first and teamwork all the way.

Orientation should be done first to all participants. You will be group per raft. You got to have a leader in each team plus the guide. Safety first and teamwork all the way.

Just chilling, the water is still is still manageable.

Just chilling, the water is still is still manageable.

Ohhhhh... its starting...

Ohhhhh… its starting…

And down we wall. That's me by the way.

And down we fall. That’s me by the way.

And I was under that raft! Goodness, I panic for a while as it seems forever before I was able to get out. Woohhhh, that was both scary and fun. There will lots and lots of flips all throughout the ride.

And I was under that raft! Goodness, I panic for a while as it seems forever before I was able to get out. Woohhhh, that was both scary and fun. There will lots and lots of flips all throughout the ride.

Passing that big stone is a challenge!

Passing that big stone is a challenge!

This was very very cool! When the guide shouted, down!!! Oh my, took my breath away as the current was fast and if you did not get down, it sure is a disaster. we laughed about this part so much.

This was very very cool! When the guide shouted, down!!! Oh my, took my breath away as the current was fast and if you did not get down, it sure is a disaster. We laughed about this part so much.

A heavy meal after the greatest adventure we have. wohaahhh!!! Fun, fun, fun it was...

A heavy meal after the greatest adventure we have. wohaahhh!!! Fun, fun, fun it was…

Horray!!!

Horray!!!