I’ve experienced a bit of trekking, spelunking and rappelling before but this is technically my first climb/camping as we spent the night in the wilderness. It is one of those things I am most afraid of. I’m not too confident of my endurance and I worry about my allergy. I can give you at least 10 more why I’m not comfortable with the idea of camping in the mountains but this post is going to be too long. I say let’s skip to things you have to remember.
- Your water bottle, a small towel, a shirt and insect repellent should be accessible during the climb. And yeah, wear sunscreen if you start too late.
- Set a tent early so that you don’t have to struggle with a flashlight in the dark.
- If you cannot find decent tungko (big stones to hold your pot or pan over the fire), you can simply dig a hole for cooking outdoors
- Gather enough firewood to last you through the night. You’d smell like tinapa (smoked fish) but at least you’re warm and safe from some insects
- Dapo/dikit is actually a better alternative to banana leaves. Its frame has more support so it’s perfect to be used as a plate. Our lunch of ensaladang mangga andpinaksiw na tulingan.
- Wear something long because apart from insects, plants are also armed with thorns and sharp vines. (picture of my mom with Amorseko)
- I had insect repellent on but the sound of mosquitoes was still bothersome. Now I get the hooded jackets with screen over the face.
- It’s summer and our campsite is not far from the foot of the mountain but it was still cold. bring a jacket, socks, mittens, scarf and a warm sleeping bag.
- Pack smart. If you forget something it’d be a burden to others. Packing stuff you don’t need is going to put a lot of stress on your back during the climb.
- Bring food fit for a climb. But yes do reward yourself with a small chocolate bar, a pack of Happy peanuts or even a can of beer. Or two.
Ah yes that’s my smoked self. Aloha!