PHILIPPINE MOUNTAINS: My Personal Favorites

this blog by an intrepid writer/photographer, Mark, is a must for nature lovers, trekkers and mountain climbers…these are just some of his adventures, check his site for more on foods…

No Juan Is An Island

“In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” ~ Jack Kerouac

I went on my first mountain climb after earning a college diploma. Even if I went to a university that is bounded by seemingly endless mountains, I was too focused with my academics, and did not give in to my nosiness as to what mountains can give me as a person. When I started working, the urging of my 2 colleagues one summer, prompted me to try out hiking. We were to climb then the highest mountain in Luzon and the 2nd in the entire Philippines. I wasn’t fully decided (and wasn’t prepared either) when I had my first taste of climbing mountains. Little did I know how difficult the trail was and the climb itself was corporeally exhausting. I almost maligned my workmates…

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