Hiking is tiring | But why they keep on doing it over and over again? 18 Hikers share their thoughts…

Carrying 10-15 kilos of load, trekking for an average 10 hours a day, keeping away from your couch, lying on small flat hard space, away from comfortable life, no TV, no connection to the world – but yet we keep doing it! That’s it! That’s it, we wanted to get away of those – modern living, stress city life and we just wanted to be plain, back to basic and reconnect with nature. Reenergizing our mind and soul preparing for another work week, some might say they wanted to take stunning photos to share in social media, some says it is Life, some says I am a nature lover, others would say I am on the run, I hike because I can, the mountains are always calling , whatever our reasons are- let’s keep going it’s up us, as long as we embodied the leave no trace principles and being ambassador to protect our nature and what matters most it keeps as alive, gives us the spirit of happiness. DSC_692212208674_10153772339469319_8182515021472812137_nimg_3535

 

18 thoughts why they keep hiking –  coming from friends I have met on trails.

 

Year 2013 first hike ko Pico de loro with co employee sa hospital pero naging active ako sa pagclimb this 2015, reason ko sa pag akyat di ko alam, wala di ko maexplain kung bakit ako nagpapakapagod sa pag akyat ng bundok pero iba feeling pag nakating na ung summit, nakakarelax at nakakawala ng pagod pagnakita mo ung view from the top. Nakakapagod ung pag akyat pero enjoy naman kung mababait at masasaya ung hikers na kasama. Nakakakilala ka ng bagong kaibigan. Hahaha wala na ko maisip ung iba kasi puro hugot hehehe, san next climb mo? Kakahiya magpost dun sa tinag mo hehehehe

Mark – Nurse

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I’m a public school teacher. Seven months palang ako in service.  And I’ve been climbing mountains since December, 2015. Not so long ago.  Pero I feel proud whenever I’m asked kung anong first mountain ko.  -Tarak.  Major climb e. Ilang beses nako tinatanong ng ilan kung bakit ako umaakyat,  e sakit lang daw yun sa katawan.  Parang ang weird niya daw na stress reliever. Ilang beses nako tinatanong ng ilan kung bakit ako umaakyat,  e sakit lang daw yun sa katawan.  Parang ang weird niya daw na stress reliever. I tell them,  na kasi it’s my way of reconnecting with nature.  Appreciating God’s creation. Pero there are things na hindi ko maverbalize e.  Na siguro ngayon ko lang din sasabihin. Kapag kasi umaakyat ako.  Nafifeel ko yung , feeling of assurance.  Na,  in a way, alam ko yung pupuntahan ko.  Na,  kahit malito ako sa trail,  alam ko ang itatanong ko sa guide, sa kasama ko, o kaya sa makakasalubong ko.  “Nasan po ang papuntang peak? “Kapag kasi umaakyat ako.  Nafifeel ko yung , feeling of assurance.  Na,  in a way, alam ko yung pupuntahan ko.  Na,  kahit malito ako sa trail,  alam ko ang itatanong ko sa guide, sa kasama ko, o kaya sa makakasalubong ko.  “Nasan po ang papuntang peak? “Sa totoong buhay kasi,  I mean,  totoo naman ang sa bundok.  Pero,  pag baba mo kasi,  diba.  Minsan nafifeel natin yung sadness?  O kaya.  Ewan ko ha.  Minsan nafifeel ko yung emptiness.  Na parang may kulang.  Ang masaklap pa,  hindi mo alam ang hinahanap mo. Nakaka lost yun diba. Atleast pag nasa bundok ka.  Alam mong may patutunguhan ka.  Kaya kahit maputik.  Nakakauhaw.  Tutuloy ka.  Kasi,  tuhod mo lang ang humihina.  Madaling solusyunan ang pagod ng katawan e. Pero yung pagod na hindi mo alam kung san nanggagaling,  sa work ba, sa family, o sa buhay mismo,  yun ang mahirap hanapan ng sagot. Bonus nalang na may maipopost ka sa fb.  O sa IG.  Pero yung nafeel mong happiness  at satisfaction,  na,  may naakyat ako feeling.  Yun ang talagang for the win.  Na kahit mawala pa ang fb o ig,  alam mo sa sarili mo na,  I’ve conquered my own peak.  No one can put me down.  😋

Gia – Teacher

 

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My first hike was back in college as it was required in one of our History classes. It was in Mt. Banahaw.

After that, it took about six years for me to hike again. And it was because I was invited by friends. I just love going out with people kaya sama lang ng sama kahit hike pa yan, cliff diving, o simpleng tambay lang sa coffee shop.

When you’ve been spending so much time working to live, the idea of hiking with friends makes you feel that this time, you are definitely alive.

Corr – Financial Professional.

 

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Di mapapalitan ng anumang hirap ang sayang dulot ng pag-akyat. Sayang nanggagaling sa iyong nakikita, karanasan at mga kasama.

Maligayang paglalakbay sa ating lahat

Nelson –

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Feed my soul

Laylo – Engineering Student

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To get away from the heartache hahahaha kasi ayaw nya umakyat ng bundok.so dun ako pumupunta para di nya ako masundan hahaha labo.. On a serious note, its a spiritual thing for me..i feel going to the mountains makes you nearer to God.so prayers and praises are better heard

Cee

 

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Why I hike?

Self meditation

To appreciate the beauty of nature

To develop your mental and physical strength / stamina

Escape from a real world

Meet new friend along the trail

Makes me feel alive

Baka nandon ung itinadhana para sa atin hahaha

Alvin – Finance and Accounting Manager

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it change the way I think, It’s something to do with my inner peace. my own kind of meditation and stress reliever. To gain friends with same passion. at syempre to take pictures… hahaha

Jayson

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Mas masarap uminom sa bundok. Hahaha. On a serious note, I’ve always been fond of adventure since I was a kid. And like what I always say to those who ask, it is spiritual for me, having been on a mountain top that is thousand meters high makes me feel like I’m about a thousand meters closer to Him, and sometimes I would like to think that my prayers are thousand meters louder, too.

Carlo

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Its the people you meet. It always amazes me how close you can be to strangers after hikes.

Its also about going to places and seeing things few people can ever dream of.

Its about overcoming your limits and just working that body given to you, feeling every bit of you is alive.

Emil

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I can’t explain the feeling kapag nakikita ko ang ganda ng nature nasasabi ko na lng “Wow ang GANDA” Ewan ko ba hinahanap hanap ko cya. Hahaha..

Tanya

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It’s like a reset button. it gives me peace of mind and helps me think better. it’s a form of escape. once you reach that summit, you get a better perspective of life.

 

Justin Vawter

Blogger / Architecture Student / SEO Content Writer / Web Designer and Developer / Social Media Specialist / Tour Organizer (dami kong raket di ba? hahaha!)

 

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Iba yung ligaya na nakakapagdala ka ng large group without casualties/injuries sa summit ng isang bundok. Kitang kita mo sa beginners ung tuwa at galak sa kanilang mukha dahil sa naachieve nila. Latest was 84 pax at Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

Started hiking around 2010, my first summit was Mt. Pulag! Then i stopped. Went back hiking early of 2014 at Mt. Pulag again, additional 15-20 summit last 2015.

Chis

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To ang mga dahilan ko kung bakit ako naahon upang makausap ng malapitan ang lumikha Hindi Para humungi pero upang magpasalamat Sa biyaya Ng buhay na ipinahiram nya Sa akin, Para mahubog ko ang kaisipan Ng mga anak ko Sa tamang pamamaraan Ng pamumuhay, pagkakapwa tao, pagmamahal sa kalikasan at maituro Sa kanila maging matatag Para Sa kanilang kinabukasan. Para pansamantalang makatakas ang kanilang murang kaisipan Sa gulo at sa mabilis na progreso ng modernisasyon. Dito ko rin nakikita ang isang dahilan kung bakit tayo nabubuhay upang Makita at pangalagaan ang kagandahan ng kanyang mga nilikha. Sa aking kabiyak dito namin nakikita ang kalakasan at kahinaan dito namin napapagaralan ang limitasyon ng bawat Isa at yun ang nagpapatatag ng aming pagmamahalan. Lahat tayo ay dadaan Sa ating huling hantungan ayoko Lang may pagsisihan Sa aking nakaraan at gusto ko sanang maalala kung pano ko bihuhay ang buhay ko at kung ano ang nakita, nakasama naranasan at kaalaman ko Hindi sa kung anong meron ako.

Eruin

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It’s all for a good reason; and one good climb deserves another. “bumubundok na since the time u met me sa batibot”

Eric

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Masaya magpack, masaya magtraining, masaya magtrek, masaya matulog sa tent, masaya maglaba ng gamit…

 

Errr masaya na nakakaiyak matulog sa tent na yung paglabas mo eh putikan tapos comfy ka sa loob. Nyahaha.

 

Umaakyat ako dahil…ako’y bilanggo sa rehas na gawa ng puso, oh pare ko… I really dunno pero nagustuhan ko and it never fades iba ang feeling…

 

I’m a #kargadorlife kargador stockman, years in hiking…? Bago lang nung nauso sa facebook poh jejejeje, pahingi ng testi ha… Naka-akyat narin bago tayo nagkita-kita sa Batibot…

 

Maniwala Gagaling!

UEM! 4Ever! 4Life!

 

Take Nothing But Pictures,

Kill Nothing But Time,

Leave Nothing But Footprints,

Cherish Nothing But Good Memories.

 

Maj

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I hike because it makes me feel alive. It gives me a different kind of high, the high that a wanderer always look forward to. There is no better feeling than being on top of the world (literally).

Hiking reminds me that I am in control of my own life. It allows me to learn more about myself and grow to become a better person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I feel closer to Him when I am on top of the mountain.

Hiking teaches me to be more sensitive and humble. Who would not love to breath fresh air, witness breathtaking views and be with the most friendly people you’ll ever meet. And most of all, coffee is 10 folds better on top of the mountain!

 

Rob

 

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Pwede ba ako mag comment? Hahaha.. i hike because theres something about hiking that brings out my inner manhood. Specially the spontaneous adventures. Yung 1hr lang ang preparation. Haha also, i like taking risk. I feel alive.

JP

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