Climbing mountains and high places was never in our travel vocabulary until such time that we were dared by friends to go up Mt. Pinatubo. Had we had it our way, we would have gone to a swimming getaway instead. But what do you do when your friends have the majority votes?
Well, here’s our simple guide to help you with your hiking plans any sooner.
1. Get a guided tour.
We are beginners and first timers in the trekking world so it was for our advantage to hire and book a guided tour from a travel agency. There were 6 of us so we paid Php 3,750.00 each. At 4.00 am, our private guide picked us in Las Pinas. It was about 2.5 hours drive to Mt. Pinatubo Spa Town.
2. Be on time.
It is very important to note that time is of utmost importance. After we registered, we headed to the Crow Valley via a 4×4 jeepney. It was a rough and bumpy one-hour drive to yet filled with excitement.
3. Wear comfortable clothes.
So we reached the start of our trekking point. Filled with too much enthusiasm and energy, we started our adventure. Some of us wore clothes not appropriate for this trip which made it heavy to move. So learn a lesson from our mistakes. Seriously, it is too hot up there.
4. Put on sunblock lotion and cream.
It was colder when we start our trek at around 8.30 am. But when the sun rises while we are on our way up, we realized it was just right we put our skin some lotion to protect it against the scorching heat.
5. Bring a bottle of water and food.
To avoid dehydration, we brought bottled waters with us. Of course, only up to how much we can carry. We also had some chips, chocolates and packed sandwiches that we took when we had taken a break somewhere along the path.
6. Bring your first aid kit.
The supposedly 2-hour climb was doubled. We took some rests and snacks in between. And we also met a minor accident. One of our friends got some sprints on her foot. No one brought a first aid kit but it was fortunate that somebody brought an isoprophyl alcohol. It was a relief.
7. Bring extra clothes.
Again, few of us made a terrible mistake by not bringing extra clothes. It was a long and tiring journey. And none of us realized that we will get wet with our sweats until we reached the the crater lake.
8. Enjoy the wonders at the top.
We lingered on the spectacular view of the lake when we reached the top. It was brilliant. It was splendid. It was such a beauty that no one can give freely but God.
Some were doing camping down the lake. Some chose to do kayaking on the hot waters.
We, on the other hand, decided to enjoy the amazing secrets of Mt. Pinatubo.
9. Take as many photos as you can.
Photographs do build good memories. We believed that it is something we carry with us until such time that our future families may look at them in remembrance of our good old days.
10. Dream big.
We are not a pro on trekking nor we a competitive mountaineer. But this trekking episode challenged us to exceed our goals. If we were able to get to the top, why can’t we dream bigger dreams? At the end of the day, God blessed us with great abilities.