Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Adventures of 2014

While we say Hello to 2015, The BACKPACKERS recap the Best Adventures of 2014!

It is the time of the year when those year ender posts start flooding the blogsphere. The BACKPACKERS who have attended in at least more than half of the adventures for the year determined those that made it on the list.

Batangas, Bulacan, Camarines Sur, Ifugao, Laguna, Mountain Province, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon, Tarlac --- which province made it on the list? Let's find out now!

Top Ten BACKPACKERS Adventures in 2014
by Ivan Ignacio

10 Mt. Daraitan Traverse to Tinipak River (August)

[Rizal] The BACKPACKERS and friends took on the Mt. Daraitan challenge, a new mountain to almost all participants. It was an arduous assault followed by a wet socials but the BPs and guests pushed through and managed to enjoy it every step of the way. The trip concluded in a very refreshing side trip at the beautiful Tinipak River. Click Here to Read the Adventure

9 Survivor Pangasinan: Backpackers vs Loved Ones (April)

[Pangasinan] Season Two of The BACKPACKERS' version of Survivor pitted the BPs against their Loved Ones. The game was held in the cool Recudo Resort in Balinmanok, Dasol, Pangasinan. The BACKPACKERS were the Malabobo Tribe and their loved ones were the Amorong Tribe. The Final Leg, with six remaining contestants, was shot in the equally alluring Colibra Island. BP/Guest xxx won against xxx and xxx in a fierce final tribal council.

8 Mt. Damas Traverse to Ubod Falls (January)

[Tarlac] The BACKPACKERS welcomed the year 2014 in the difficult but beautiful Mt. Damas. The BPs savored and experienced the saying 'it is always higher, longer and more difficult than you think'. Four were added to the BP family as this was the Induction Climb of BPs Isabel Fonte, Leah Nogoy, Gino Trinidad and Rexie Vergara. The side trip was at Ubod Falls, and the group conquered the death defying traverse trail back to the jump off point. All in all, with The BACKPACKERS, it is always happier than you think! 

7 Give Love, Be Loved Ifugao Outreach (October)

[Ifugao] With the initiative of new BP Lead Heinz Alvarez, and in partnership with TopCop and KaEskwela, The BACKPACKERS collected and repacked donations for the schools in remote barangays in Ifugao. BPs Ghei, Liz, Nickson and York dedicated their time and effort in conducting the outreach in the eye catching hills of Guitte and Patpat in Banaue, Ifugao. It was another worthy cause for the group. Two thumbs up! 

6 Biak na Bato National Park and Minulangao Park (March)

[Bulacan & Nueva Ecija] The BACKPACKERS went on a road trip in Central Luzon visiting two national parks. They discovered several historical caves in Biak Na Bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan where they learned a lot regarding our nation's fight for freedom. It was followed by an overnight camping trip in Nueva Ecija's gem: Minalungao National Park where they enjoyed rafting, hiking, caving, cliff jumping and swimming. Who won't love cooking and eating lunch on a raft in the middle of a gorgeous and clean river?

5 Borawan and Dampalitan Island (July)

[Quezon] The BACKPACKERS and guests had a memorable post summer beach trip in one of Quezon's wonder: Borawan Beach! Said to be a hybrid of Boracay and Palawan, they enjoyed swimming in the open sea, despite the threat of the presence of boxed jellyfish, camping and bonding. The wacky socials held that night was said to be one of the most memorable ones which ended in a drunken caroling session. The group also visited Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin - all beaches offered a nice venue for a very memorable adventure!

4 Caramoan (May)

[Camarines Sur] One of the prized treasures of the Philippines, Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur is home to spectacular islands and beaches. The BACKPACKERS and guests had a well spent summer hopping on one beach to another. They were accommodated well in a beach resort which served sumptuous buffet meal. What a way to enjoy summer!
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3 Sagada (March)

[Mountain Province] The heart of nature and adventure - Sagada, Mountain Province! The BACKPACKERS had a very memorable trip welcoming summer of 2014 in this majestic town on top of the Cordillera mountain range. They completed the dreaded Lumiang-Sumaguing cave connection, discovered the wonders of Bomod-ok Falls, Echo Valley, and Lake Danum. They feasted their hearts out in some of Sagada's famous restaurants like the Yoghurt House and Lemon Pie House. Sagada is definitely a romanticized place in the north to put in your bucket list!

2 Mt. Guiting Guiting Traverse (April)

[Romblon] The best adventure for BPs Isabel and Nickson was held in one of the most difficult mountains in the Philippines. It was a very technical climb coupled with a lot of unforgettable incidences. Managing through the famous Knife's Edge, Kiss The Wall and the seemingly never ending hike on this traverse challenge, the BPs and guests successfully conquered G2! They also got to roam around and visited the wonders of Sibuyan Island, Romblon, which is BP Isabel's hometown. At the end of the trip, the BPs and participants can stand up and say, We Survived G2!

1 Palawan Adventure (November)

[Palawan] The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines: Palawan is home to virgin islands and beaches, untouched forests and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The BACKPACKERS roamed around the capital city. But the heart of the entire adventure was set out in the beautiful landscape of El Nido - home to awesome lagoons, breathtaking rock formations, amazing beaches and stunning islands. It is definitely more fun in Palawan!
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Looking forward to more adventures in 2015!
Meanwhile, you may view the other yearly best trips of The BACKPACKERS by clicking the links below:

Click here to view The BACKPACKERS' Best Trips of 2013

Click here to view The BACKPACKERS' Best Trips of 2012

Click here to view The BACKPACKERS' Best Trips of 2011

Photo credits to
guest and blogger Jon Lakwatsero for the Caramoan pictures

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