My YABAGMC (Yielding Across Barriers And Gateways Mountaineering Club) Friends make sure that whenever we meet, we make it memorable. Hindi lang puro inom. During the previous years, we’ve had hiking and meetings when we reminisced our childhood by wearing our old school uniforms (Mount Bulalo 2012), when we had pajama party (Tayak Hill 2013), when we wore gowns and tuxedos (Layong Bato 2012), when we became rock stars (Santa Maria 2013). It was all fun and laughter. And for our 2014 yearender, the leader of the group, Migs, thought of something new and decided to hold an adventure race.
The past night had been the coldest to date. If not for the sleeping bag that was provided to us by our trekking agency, Adventure Mountain Explore Treks (AME Treks), I should be dead by now due to hypothermia. And though I felt better, I still woke up to a news that Doc Rhoda felt she wasn’t fit enough to continue with the trek and that she wished to just stay in Deboche for another day. Agot and Migs were too eager in encouraging Doc Rhoda to push herself, that her headache was normal, that she couldn’t stay in Deboche alone. I couldn’t muster myself to do the same. If we force Doc Rhoda to…
During our trek to the base camp of Annapurna in September 2013, the members of our group The Himalayas Project learned that we have been using the term mountaineering the wrong way. Our guide Ramesh of Explore Everest Trekking Pvt. Ltd., politely corrected us saying that mountaineering is different from trekking and or hiking.
When you only have a few hours to experience one of the saddest countries in the world, you won’t really be lonely at all. You have time and pressure as your company. And though I only spent a day in Singapore (SG), there were just so many happy things that I won’t forget about this first world country (however you define first world).
You know how travelers love to procrastinate? Yeah, that bad habit of packing things when it’s just a few hours away your scheduled trip? That’s what we did when we were bound for Singapore (SG), pack things for a month-long trip in under two hours.