TB20110213-mountaineering-inside_1.jpgPhilip Handang, mountaineer and photo hobbyist, shares some insights for novice mountain climbers in the Philippines.

Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors while having fun in the process. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Climbing mountains is truly rewarding: not only does it cultivate environmental awareness, it also develops a person's character by facing and conquering one's fears and ultimately conquering oneself, leaving the mountain climber with a great feeling of achievement.

For anyone who wants to take up mountaineering as a hobby, there are several mountaineering clubs in the Philippines that offer a Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Some clubs offer a single day course, and others like the UP Mountaineers and Ayala Mountaineering Club incorporate the training into their application process that usually takes about 3 to 4 months to complete.

Read the full article on TravelBook.ph.

(Photo by Phil Handang courtesy of TravelBook.ph)
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