Don’t Stop Hiking – Senior Citizens Hiking in the Philippines

Don’t Stop Hiking – Senior Citizens Hiking in the Philippines


Well exactly that was it. It started in ’69 doing some camp out in the nearby farms and eventually I was able to climb Mt. Kanlaon for the first time in 1972 and that actually really started my career in climbing especially when Philippine Airlines got me to be their coordinator for Mt. Kanlaon and that’s it. then I went on to be climbing all the rest of the other mountains in the country and abroad. My first climb was ahh in the Philippines was in 2013 at Pico de Loro. and when i went there, I did a solo climb and naturally… you know, I got lost twice but managed to reach the camp site. I started hiking when i was ten years old I guess our first ascent to a Mt. Guiting Guiting in 1982. But other than that, like I did climbing abroad like my first alpine climb in the Japanese Alps
in 1984… among others. Back in 2010 or 2011. That was Mt. Pulag and I got rained out in my tent at night and then the rain stopped and I took a peak out of my tent and wow! The stars! There were thousands! The sky was full of stars and for the first time I saw the Milky Way. That wasreally memorable. Then that’s when I realized that I was out of shape. One of the most challenging was climb in Mt. Maranat, We were almost caught by a flash flood and was quite a thunderstorm and also the river
crossing was also very challenging but we managed to get to the camp. Basically the main difference is that during our time there was a lot more of the element of adventure… the quest for the unknown and excitement that went with it. Well today basically people climb because it’s fun and more of recreation rather than adventure. Basic difference between then and now is for mountaineering is the internet experience. Then, you didn’t know where you’re going. Now you can research the internet all the places you want to go to that they want See photos, share photos. Now you could take hundreds or even thousands of photos. Well now nowadays I would see that people will want to go to the mountains to have a fun few holidays to relax and of course to do some selfies so that they can post it on Facebook. So this climb made me affirm my confidence that I should not stop hiking despite of my senior…I mean pre-senior age and then with my injury. I don’t want to stop hiking because I want to inspire more people. As long as I can I would probably be still be climbing and as they say… old climbers never die they just. drink away. If you’ve been climbing, don’t let your age stop you. Keep on going. It is verygood for keeping you mentally and physically fit. well I guess the only thing that is going to stop me from climbing more mountains would be a bad illness that could not get me out of bed. But I will encourage everybody that even if you are disabled in one way or another you know… it’s always the attitude. You can do it. Exactly that. Why I don’t want to stop climbing is because I want to discover more life through mountaineering. Don’t stop. Don’t stop hiking. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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