Mt. Apo: There and Back Again

By Sarah Aterrado - December 13, 2021

 If there is one positive influence I have on Jan, it has got to be this.

This is his second time to summit the Philippines' highest mountain. His first climb without me (yep, partially bummed because I couldn't go) and probably his worst hiking experience by far—with plans almost scrapped, major major delays, torrential downpour, and becoming a guide for the first time in an unfamiliar trail real quick because he's the only experienced mountaineer in the group. 

Kidapawan peak.

Mt. Apo's crater.

Plus, him, keeping it all together gracefully despite everything (although I can feel the exasperation in the stories he told me), I COULDN'T BE ANY PROUDER! 👏👏👏

I am so glad he came home safe. Now I know how my parents felt every time I went away for a few days to hike. Dili man diay lalim mabalaka. 😅

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