Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tips for Mt. Apo Virgins

        It’s not as easy as it looks, so make sure you’re prepared for a difficult climb.
Know the 3 rule for mountaineers:
It's always further than it looks.
It's always taller than it looks. 
And it's always harder than it looks

        Decide which trail you want to take. This will determine the days you need to reach the summit and the descent. There are around 5 trails to Mt. Apo with varying degrees of difficulty and accessibility. The more popular are the Kapatagan-Kidapawan trail and the Kidapawan-Magpet trail.
      Consider a day extra in case of emergencies. This is a reminder especially for those coming from other areas when booking their flight. 

        For your own safety, make sure to register with local officials before climbing.

        It’s best to have a porter-guide that you really know.  Or  you can also hire a porter registered with the association. They will help you to carry your stuff and your garbage (littering in the mountain is not allowed). A porter can also help you take photos and prepare your food. But always remember, climbing Mt. Apo (or any mountain) is not a walk in the park. Treat your porter-guides with RESPECT!

·         Bring headlamps, lighter and first aid kit (betadine, band- aid and medicines like Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Loperamide and Midol). 

        Bag your things in cellophanes. Waterproofing of your things is essential. A condom can be also used as waterproof casing for cellphones. 

        Do not forget to bring a raincoat or poncho since it tends to rain a lot once you’re near the top.Or you can bring extra large cellophane that you can also use as cover for the rain. 

·         For women, bring pantyliners or napkin. High altitude and temperature might cause you to have your period earlier than your cycle.

        Bring extra socks to protect your feet from crossing mossy swamps and rivers. Bring extra footwear also especially for river crossings. Bring also gloves to protect your dainty fingers. :)

        Bring wet tissue. No time for taking a bath. This will be very helpful for hygienic purposes.

        Be aware of your physical limitations. Do not climb or hike too fast simply because you want to reach the top ahead of others.

·         Most importantly, bring Positive Attitude.

Hope this helps. :)



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