The Great Cordillera Traverse: Mt. Ugo

Hi everyone! Last December 3-4, I did my last hike for 2016 – Mt. Ugo Traverse which also happens to be my 44th mountain. I was really excited for this because of all the great things I have heard from my friends and all the beautiful photos I saw online. Aside from these, Mt. Ugo is also included in my bucket list and having this for a year-end climb seemed like a really good idea.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,150+ MASL

Location: Entry point – Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Exit point – Itogon, Benguet

Difficulty: 5/9

Trek to Summit: From jump-off to campsite – 8 hours, from campsite to summit – 15 minutes

According to our guides, the total distance from Nueva Vizcaya jump-off to Benguet exit point is around 35KM. And although it was a long trek, it was not as tiring because of the beautiful views present almost all throughout the trail.

Read on below to know more about our experience in traversing Mt. Ugo.

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The Hike to Mt. Damas and Side Trip to Ubod Falls

Hi everyone! Last November 19-20, I went with three of my friends to an overnight hike to Mt. Damas, my 43rd mountain, in San Clemente/Camiling, Tarlac. While this can be done as a day hike, we decided to camp to do stargazing and city light watching.

Mountain Stats:

Location: San Clemente/Camiling, Tarlac

Elevation: 685+ MASL

Difficulty: 6/9 (Major Climb)

Trek to Summit: 6 hours

There are two possible jump-off points going to Mt. Damas, one from Dueg (ideal for those with a private vehicle) and from Papaac. It is said that between the two, the trail from Papaac is longer and more difficult because of the so-called “Cardiac” part which I will discuss in detail later on in this post as our group took on this route.

Even though Mt. Damas is not as high compared to other major mountains, the trail going to the summit offers a challenge to hikers that makes it worthy of its difficulty level.
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Comeback Run in Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge

Hi everyone! This will just be a quick post on what I call as a “comeback run”. I say this because the last race I joined was about three months ago in Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run. And during the months I did not run, I admit that I had zero to little mileage in a week.

And even so, I still dared to join a  half marathon run to test if I can still finish it in less than two hours and thirty minutes.

Read on below for a brief summary of what transpired during Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge held at Mall of Asia Running Grounds last November 13, 2016.

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Weekend Getaway in Banaue – Bontoc – Sagada

Hi! I was invited to a twin hike to Mt. Fato and Mt. Kupapey last weekend, October 15-16. Unfortunately, due to the typhoon (Karen) that hit North Luzon over the weekend as well, we were only able to climb Mt. Fato – my 42nd mountain.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 1400+ MASL

Location: Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

Difficulty: 2/9 (This is just my rating. The trail is wide and beautiful with a lot of pine trees)

Trek to Summit: 1 hour

Because we were unable to do the main activity of this trip, climbing Mt. Kupapey, we found ourselves exploring different sites in Sagada instead. This came as a surprise because going here was not part of our itinerary but because of bus and jeep schedules, we decided to take the bus from Sagada back to Manila.

Read on below for the full story.

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The Rainy Hike to Mt. Tapulao

Hi everyone! Over the weekend, I went with my friends to an overnight hike in Mt. Tapulao, my 41st mountain, after more than a month of being away from the trails. I had an idea of what I should expect coming from the stories of my other friends who were already done with this mountain but of course no matter how much I prepared myself mentally, I was still completely caught off-guard.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,037+ MASL

Location: Brgy. Dampay-Salaza, Palauig, Zambales

Difficulty: 5/9

Trek to Summit: 10-12 hours

Easily, Mt. Tapulao has one of the most leg-straining trails because it is 90% rocky/stony. Nonetheless, I am still grateful to have crossed it off my hike list. Read on below for the full story.

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The Journey to Fitness

I think it is safe to assume that almost everyone wants to look and feel good about themselves. And because of this, many result to doing things outside of their comfort zones such as going on a diet and exercising among others. However, stepping out of one’s comfort zone requires a lot of effort which discourages some before they even start.

And honestly, it will be difficult at first but it will always be worth it in the end.

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Race Through The Storm: Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run

Hi! Last Sunday, I was able to complete a 16-kilometer race in Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run despite the moody weather. Coincidentally, my parents joined the Ancop Global Walk which also took place last Sunday in SM Mall of Asia so I did not have problems asking my dad to take me to the venue.  Yaay!

This event is also for the benefit of MCares – a charity of MICHAELA (Photo from Pinoy Fitness)

I was not able to train properly for this run because of the bad weather in the past few days but the results turned out to be better than I expected.

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Six Mountains in Two Days: Mt. Purgatory-Mangisi Traverse

Hi everyone! A month ago, I was invited to do a complete traverse of Mt. Purgatory which passes through six different mountains. To be honest, this did not spark my interest at first because the mountains involved in the traverse do not offer great views as opposed to other Cordillera mountains (this initial assumption is based from all the photos I see online and my friends’ testimonies).

However, my friends also told me about how challenging trail is and this coupled with the fact that the traverse is part of my bucket list made me more excited to experience it firsthand.

Mountain Stats:

Traverse Mountains: Mt. Mangagew, Mt. Pack (2290MASL), Mt. Purgatory (2080MASL), Mt. Bakian, Mt. Tangbaw, Mt. Komkompol (2329MASL)

Location: Bokod, Benguet

Difficulty: 6/9

Trek to the 6th mountain: 10 hours

The climb was indeed a challenge in so many levels and this made completing it much more fulfilling. Read on below for the summary of our Purgatory story.

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Achievement Unlocked: First Podium Finish at PBA Run For A Cause 7

Hi everyone! Just a week after running my second half-marathon, I ran a short-distance race in PBA Run For A Cause 7 (July 10, 2016). I was very lucky because the company I work for is one of the sponsors so I was able to get a race kit for free. (That’s some serious work-lifestyle integration am I right? Lol.)

My officemates wanted me to join the 15k category but I refused and said that I only wanted a short-distance race because first, it will serve as my recovery run and second, I will TRY to earn a podium finish (though I was not very confident about it at first).

From my previous fun run post, I mentioned that my next goal was to earn a podium finish for a 5k race and with His grace, I was able to do it.

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Completing Half-Mary in GNC Run 2016

Hi! Last July 3, I completed my second half-marathon/21km race in Run GNC 2016 which was held in Mall of Asia Running Grounds. I aimed to beat my PR in this race even though I had minimal training because of the bad weather.

I like joining fun runs with a cause and this was for the benefit of the Cancer Warrior Foundation.

Read on below for a quick summary of my second half-mary.

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