Wait, make that two mountains.
Jan and I have been scaling the country's greatest heights and just this year, we've already conquered two (Mount Apo and Mount Pulag). If the incoming climb pushes through, then we would already conquer top 4 of the Philippines' highest mountains. And that's just around 20,000 steps closer to hiking the first 5 of the Philippines' majesties.
This has been my challenge ever since I started climbing way back 2006. I am glad I am finally conquering it one peak at a time. And the best thing is, I am doing it with Jan who has also developed deep love for the mountains.
|The enchanting mossy forest of Mount Dulang-dulang. Photo by Andro Molina via Pinoy Mountaineer Facebook page|
Climbing a mountain, no matter how small, is never easy. It will always leave you sore, bruised, wounded, broke, but never broken. Some people will never understand the love I have for mountains and why I keep doing this despite the unfavorable conditions and hiking difficulties I get from it. Heeding the mountain's call has taught me a lot of things and one of them is to live life slowly.
And that's what people are missing. I just wish they would climb at least one. Just one. There's a lot to marvel at when you see the world from the top. There's peace and tranquility that's barely in civilization. There's a lot to be thankful for. And I guess, that's what would make you a better person. You will learn to thank even the single drop of water, a gasp of thin air, or a small shade from the tree - which is something you would have never done in a city.
Climbing a mountain will make you uncomfortable, lost, and even regretful (ngano bitaw ni-enter). You will be tested to your limits physically, mentally, and emotionally, but when surpassed, will make you appreciative, respectful, practical, humbled, and environmentally responsible. In short, a better version of yourself.
So yeah, get your arse off that chair, work those muscles out, and climb that goddamn mountain.