Monday, January 30, 2012

Mt. Cristobal Traverse

Dolores, Quezon; San Pablo and Nagcarlan, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon

Mt. Cristobal Traverse:
The BACKPACKERS Pilot Adventure for 2012 
and
2nd Induction Climb
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.



January 25 and 26, 2011 - The BACKPACKERS had its pilot adventure for 2012 via a major climb - traversing the famous Mt. Cristobal, also known as "The Devil's Mountain". Seven official members (Ivan, Angel, Ralph, Liz, Heinz, Weng and Jovy), two inductees (Chons and Percy) and a guest (Wilson) bravely accepted the challenge of camping at the mountain's crater overnight, descending on the other side of the mountain, and the possible encounter with spirits(?). Let's find out...

Makiling Highlands Resort: A Big Day Treat

Makiling Highlands Resort
Pansol, Laguna, Philippines

Celebrating Her Birthday with The BP: 
Mommy Ems


By Heinz Lopez Alvarez
Photos by King Aguilar


January 2012 - The BACKPACKERS felt very honored to have been invited to an almost exclusive -to-the-group birthday party hosted by the celebrant herself, Emily Pacursa Peralta. We call her "Mommy Ems".

The event was held in Makiling Highlands Resort that is located at the foot of the legendary Mt. Makiling in Capt. Mamon Road, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna and is only a 1-hour drive from Metro Manila.

Mommy Ems, together with her son, Daniel, was introduced to the group by Pam "Bamboo" Bautista when the latter tagged them along as her guests during The BACKPACKERS' Mt. Batulao climb in January 2011.

Mommy Ems showing BP's birthday present for her
It was a happy celebration that everybody enjoyed. There were lots of sumptuous food; Mommy Ems herself prepared them for the Group. Kiddie games brought the child out of each one of us. And, the Amazing Race game, which was an ultimate fun, served as a good exercise for those hyper ones.

Kids at heart

The Amazing Race flaglets

The Race is on! Siblings Jovy and Jonathan
Winning teams of the Amazing Race: Ivan and Angel; Heinz and Esther; and, Pam and York



Sweethearts Angel and Ivan: 1st Place - Amazing Race

A Pera-O-Bayong game. Mon in a hotseat.
The Videoke King: York (may pinanghuhugutan, dude?)
King with all-girl Non-BP guests
And the Videoke Queen...
BP Girls Angel, Clue, Jovy, and Conts
BP Weng The Poet, host or singer this time
Siblings Mark, Esther and Minel gave an intermission number
BP Mon, Heinz, and Ivan

Most of The BACKPACKERS went back to Manila to report for their respective duties at work when the clock hit between eight and nine PM. A few stayed overnight at the celebrant's residence to enjoy the rest of Mommy Ems' big day.

The Celebrant, Mommy Ems, giving her thank you's

Thank you, Mommy Ems for celebrating your 
2012 birthday with us! 
You have been more than a guest to The BACKPACKERS. 
We appreciate the friendship!

The BACKPACKERS: Nature. People. Friendship.

The Place



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The BACKPACKERS Major Activities in 2011: A Recap

The Year 2011 will always be memorable to The BACKPACKERS. It was a year full of adventures and a year with opportunities to grow. To grow not only as a mountaineering group in its technical aspect, but also as a "family". 

The Group went backpacking from North to South. From one peak to another. From mainland to an island. And, from large to smaller islands. The Group had also touched lives of children through an outreach program. 

Those major activities were documented in this blogsite and the Group is looking forward to creating another fulfilling year.

Let us have a glance on what The BACKPACKERS had in 2011...


January 2011



Mt. Tagapo: A ‘Maiden’s Breasts’
Mt. Tagapo

Talim Island, Laguna de Bay
Major jump-off: Brgy. Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
LLA 14.32° N 121.23° E, 438 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2



Mt. Batulao: A Twin Peaks Adventure
Mt. Batulao

Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault

Mt. Tarak: A Great Major For Us
Mt. Tarak

Mariveles, Bataan
Jump off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
LLA: 14°30.357′N, 120°30′E, 1,006 MASL (ridge); 1,130 MASL (peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3


February 2011



Mt. Cristobal: Traversing the Devil's Mountain
Mt. Cristobal

Dolores, Quezon; San Pablo, Laguna
Major jump-off: Brgy. Dolores, Quezon > Traverse to: San Pablo, Laguna
LLA: 14.064° N 121.428° E, 1470 MASL (600m gain)
Days required / Hours to summit: ASCENT- 4.5 Hrs. TRAVERSE-6 Hrs. TOTAL-10.5 Hrs.
Specs: Major Climb


March 2011

The Backpackers Survived Sinukuan's Traverse Challenge
Mt. Arayat

Arayat, Pampanga
Pampanga
Entry point: Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga
Exit point: Brgy. Juan Bano, Arayat, Pampanga
LLA: 15.2067N, 120.7441E, 1030 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours (NP) 8 hours (SP)
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4 (10kms)


April 2011


Mt. Manalmon and  the Big Five Madlum Adventure
Mt. Manalmon

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11'N; 121°1.22' E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2

The Big Four and Friends Climb Luzon's Highest Peak: MT. PULAG
(2011 Ultimate Summer Adventure Via Ambangeg Trail)
Mt. Pulag

Bokod, Benguet
Major jump-off: Ambangeg Ranger Stn, Bokod, Benguet
LLA: 16°34'58"N 120°53'15"E, 2922 MASL (#3)
Hours to summit / Days required: 4-5 hours / 2 days
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-2


May 2011


Celebrating Love: A Couples' Climb at Mt. Marami
Mt. Marami

Maragondon, Cavite
Jump-off point: Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite
LLA: 405 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

Survivors of The Three Peaks Challenge:  The BACKPACKERS and Friends










  






First Challenge: Traversing Mt. Gola
San Miguel, Bulacan


Second Challenge: Be Among the Firsts at Mt. Bagong- Bali
San Miguel, Bulacan



















Third Challenge: Acing Mt. Manalmon
San Miguel, Bulacan





Night Spelunking
Madlum Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan



June 2011


The BACKPACKERS: Proven SOLID After Mt. Macu-LOST
Mt. Maculot

Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Brgy. Poblaction, Cuenca
LLA: 13°55'15"N; 121°2'30"E; 706 MASL
Days required / Hours to Rockies: Half day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-3


July 2011


And They Readied for this... 
Mt. Maculot: The REDEMPTION
Mt. Maculot

Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Brgy. Poblaction, Cuenca
LLA: 13°55'15"N; 121°2'30"E; 706 MASL
Days required / Hours to Rockies: Half day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-3

The BACKPACKERS Induction Climb at 
Mt. Tarak
Mt. Tarak

Mariveles, Bataan
Jump off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
LLA: 14°30.357′N, 120°30′E, 1,006 MASL (ridge); 1,130 MASL (peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3


August 2011


The BACKPACKERS with 
"The Shoulderbaggers" in Cow's Hump
Mt. Bungkol Baka

San Jose, Tarlac
Major jumpoff: Sitio San Pedro, Brgy. Iba, San Jose
LLA: 551 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


September 2011

The BACKPACKERS Mindanao Trip


Day One
Whitewater River Rafting Adventure: Taking IT to the Extreme!
Cagayan de Oro: Whitewater River Rafting Adventure

Day Two
Camiguin Island: A Captivating Haven
Camiguin Island

Day Three
The BACKPACKERS' First Mindanao Mountain: MT. HIBOK HIBOK
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

Day Four
Culminating the Group's Adventure: We Conquered Asia's Longest Zipline
Bukidnon


October 2011





THE SOLO BACKPACKER IN
MT. BALAGBAG

Mt. Balagbag


 The BACKPACKERS Explored San Antonio's Big FIVE
San Antonio, Zambales 



Mt. Pundaquit: Traversed and Conquered!
MT. PUNDAQUIT
(Traverse to Anawangin)
San Antonio, Zambales
Major jump-off: Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio
LLA (summit): 14 53'59" 129 94'24", 464 MASL
LLA (cove): 14 52 41 120 04'04", 0 MASL
Days required / Hours to cove: 1 day / 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class 2


A Zambales Gem: Capones Island
Capones Island

A Picturesque: Camara Island
Camara Island


November 2011


The BACKPACKERS Gives Back: Marion's Birthday Celebration with a HEART
November 5, 2011
Quezon City Memorial Circle
Philippines


Mt. Pico de Loro: The BACKPACKERS Anniversary and First Friendship Climb
Mt. Pico de Loro

Ternate, Cavite
Major jump-off: Magnetic Hill, Ternate
LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 2-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3


December 2011


The BP Masquerade Christmas Party 2011
Linden Suites

Ortigas, Pasig City


Introducing The BACKPACKERS
By The BP Lead


Climbing Up the Manabu Peak: 
The BACKPACKERS Went "Dirty"
Mt. Manabu

Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 13.9777°, 121.2413°, 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2