Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mt. Apo (Part 2)

Witnessing Its Grandeur

The BACKPACKERS Conquered
Mt. APO
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.


The plants they call “Everyday”, blooming with beautiful peach flowers, continued to usher us until we were more than halfway through the trail, which specifically connects camps Godi-godi and Boracay. Along with those fascinating wild plants and untouched giant trees in that thick forest, Everyday seemed to keep our excitement alive as we tried to complete this part of the course leading to Mt. Apo’s incomparable grandeurs– the boulders, camp Boracay, the crater, its summit, and the Lake Venado.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mt. Apo (Part 1)

Conquering PH's Highest

The BACKPACKERS Conquered
MT. APO
By Ivan Laurence Ignacio



Climbing Mt. Apo is every Pinoy mountaineers' dream. Standing at 2,956MASL,  it is considered to be the 'Grandfather of Philippine Mountains'. Portions of its trail can make you reminisce some other mountains in the country, but the whole climb itself is incomparable and is worth all your time, money and effort. Speaking of trail, there are said to be eight trails dominating the grounds of this magnificent divine creation. We chose to do the frequently used Kapatagan - Kidapawan traverse. Entering at Digos City in Davao del Sur and exiting at another province: North Cotabato. In maneuvering through this trail, we found our Mt. Apo adventure fulfilling and challenging through the variety of trail types it offered: open vegetable plantation, mossy forests, the boulders, grassland, marsh area and the Venado lake, all the way down to an exciting river trail where we had to cross the same river thirteen times.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Davao City


DAVAO ADVENTURE!
by Ivan Ignacio 


The BACKPACKERS' Davao Adventure kicked off on February 14, 2013. The ultimate goal: to scale PH's highest: Mt. Apo! Six BPs, one inductee and three guests joined the expedition. But before the Mt. Apo undertaking, the gang spent the first day roaming around one of Mindanao's busiest cities: Davao City.



The BACKPACKERS
April Bedana
Clue Fajardo
Liz Honrade
Tin Palomares
Heinz Alvarez
Ivan Ignacio
Wilson Galapon *Batch 6

GUESTS
Shine Caballes
Louie Baccay




AMPATUAN RESIDENCE IN DAVAO

Not included in the itinerary but one of the group's cab driver was in a generous 'tourism' mode when he pointed out the huge structure along the highway to SM Davao as the residence of the controversial Ampatuan clan. He let the lucky passengers get out to take souvenir pictures of the gigantic structure. T'was really big!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mt. Maculot 2013

A Redemption Climb. BP Ivan and BP York's Birthday Climb 
 A Pre-Climb for Mt. Apo Climbers.
Mt. Maculot
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.



The BACKPACKERS' Mt. Maculot Climb on February 2 and 3, 2013, was an important activity for the Group because of three main reasons. First, it was the Group's redemption climb after being actually lost in the wilds and slopes during its first attempt to invade the said mountain two years ago. Second, it was the Group's avenue for the BP Lead Ivan and BP York's birthday celebration. And, last but certainly not the least important, it was a preparatory climb for BP members who will climb the highest point in the Philippine archipelago, Mt. Apo, on February 15 to 17 this very year.