Friday, September 30, 2011

Bukidnon: Conquering Asia's Longest Zipline

Bukidnon: Conquering Asia's Longest Zipline

The BACKPACKERS Mindanao Trip: Day Four

Culminating the Group's Adventure: 
We Conquered Asia's Longest Zipline
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

From Left: Ivan, Angel, Marion, DP, Jovy, Bogs, Frank, Heinz, Contz, York, Liz, and Ralph
It was our forth and last day in Mindanao. Sealing this four-day vacation was an activity everybody (especially adventurous ones) in Manila wanted to experience - zipline adventure!

From the Benoni Pier in Camiguin Island, we once again boarded a Roro back to Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental where our hired van was readily waiting for us. It brought us up to the Dahilayan Adventure Park located at the town of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, just 40 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro city proper.

Camiguin: A Complete Island Experience

The BACKPACKERS Mindanao trip: Day Two

Camiguin Island:
A Captivating Haven
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
"The second smallest province in our country that offers some of the biggest nd wildest adventures 
and the most beautiful panoramic sceneries - CAMIGUIN!!!" 
~ Ivan Ignacio, the BP Lead

Cagayan de Oro: Whitewater River Rafting Adventure

The BACKPACKERS Mindanao trip: Day One

Whitewater River Rafting Adventure:
Taking IT to the Extreme!
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

Raft 1: York, Frank, Jovy, Bogs, DP, and Contz
Raft 2: Angel, Liz, Ivan, Marion, Ralph, and Heinz

River rafting is considered as an extreme sports as it can be dangerous. A favorite in Australia and Europe, this activity had easily earned Filipino's interest. Perhaps, the most famous river for a whitewater adventure in the country is found in Cagayan de Oro.

The modern raft is an inflatable boat, made up of rubberized fabrics with several air chambers. Rafts are usually propelled with ordinary paddles and usually hold at least four to twelve persons. 

Mt. Hibok Hibok

Camiguin Island
LLA: 9°12′2″N; 124°40′5″E; 1332 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3


Angel Cawaling
Liz Honrade

Ivan Laurence Ignacio
Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
Ralph Flores
Deepee Piano
Frank Aguilar
York Advento 

The BACKPACKERS Mindanao Trip: Day Three

First Mindanao Mountain: 
By: Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

Among no less than seven volcanoes in the enchanting Camiguin Island, Mt. Hibok Hibok is the most famous. It is an active volcano which recorded the most explosive history. 

It was scheduled on that day that we would climb Mt. Hibok Hibok, an active volcano in the beautiful Camiguin Island. The problem was- bad weather, which we did notice the moment we opened our eyes that day. Everybody had a doubt if climbing, which was definitely a major activity for us, would push through. Good thing, the skies somehow showed a sign of a better weather later on that day, and our Guide showed a reasonably positive attitude towards it.