1st BR’s BEER Mile

Nobody dared yet to do this event in the country. I wonder why. Is it because we are ignorant that there is such event that is known worldwide? Is it because we are afraid that we are promoting drinking of liquor mixed with sports? Or we are just simply lazy or afraid of promoting this kind of event that promotes camaraderie among runners and friends? Or is it because there is no profit in it that race organizers would not dare to do it?

For the past weeks, I’ve posted a request on Facebook for any of my “friends” to “connect” me with anybody who is employed with any of the Corporate Beer Companies in the country. I got some positive comments and some promises to connect to this person and this person. But it ended there but I still waited for some more time if ever I would be able to link-up with the Heads of Sales of these companies. I waited but such promises ended as promises! However, I am still waiting for these Corporate entities to sponsor this event.

With or without sponsors, this event will have to push through. Who cares? I really don’t care if I don’t have any sponsor in my events. The RUNNERS are the actors/actresses in this event! The show must go on!

I wanted a “low-key” oval track for this event and I thought of the Rizal High School Oval Track in Pasig City to be an ideal place for the sake of simplicity. After a simple coordination with the right authority to give the approval for the use of the said facility, the event is now a reality!

This Beer Mile Run is FREE but runners/participants will have the distinction to be invited through this post in this blog. I will be clear on those runners to be invited for the inaugural conduct of this event. These invited runners are those who have supported me in my initial BDM & PAU Races and our ultra supportive friends. And for those who were not invited for this inaugural event, they will have the chance to experience this in the monthly conduct of this run. However, they can still come as spectators in the said event.

The following runners are invited in the Inaugural BR’s BEER Mile on June 10, 2012. The activity will start at 6:00 AM at the Rizal High School Oval Track.

1. Jonel Mendoza

2. Amado Castro Jr

3. Jonnifer Lacanlale

4. Jael Wenceslao

5. George Dolores

6. Ric Cabusao

7. Arman Fernando

8. Francisco Lapira Jr

9. Abet Henson

10. Jeffrey Abenina

11. Patrick Concepcion

12. Gene Olvis

13. Paolo Osmena

14. Christopher Montaos

15. Arturo Virata

16. Chito Carreon

17. Mel Severino

18. Sherwin Botabara

19. Cesar Abarientos

20. Graciano Santos

21. Ronnel Go

22. Mar Marilag

23. Bong Alindada

24. Ian Alacar

25. Meljohn Tezon

26. Eric Socrates

27. Jose Duenas

28. Randy Rubio

29. Junar Layug

30. Tin Ferrera (F)

31. Teresa Gangan (F)

32. Dick Balaba

33. Robert Patrimonio

34. Samuel Narcise

35. Marlo Guloy

36. Victor Ting

37. Narciso Alipio

38. Alfred Delos Reyes

39. Roberto “Beeps” De Los Santos

40. Mark Hernandez

41. Frederick  Gabriel

42. Alfredo Ocampo

43. Samson Ocampo

44. Gil Ocampo

45. Larry Daliwag

46. Tina Narvaez (F)

47. Keshia Fule (F)

48. Chips Dayrit

49. Raul Tapia

50. Carl Balagot

51. Junrox Roque

52. Wilnar Iglesia

53. David Buban

54. Dindo Diaz

55. Simon Pavel Miranda

56. Noel Hernandez

57. Charlie Chua

58. Camilla Brooks (F)

59. Lemuel Narcise

60. Jose Lorenzo Mina

61. Red Samar

62. Almar Danguilan

63. Bert Camangonan

64. Haide Acuna (F)

65. Irene Ong (F)

66. Ron Sulapas

67.  Bob Castilla

68. Julius Cervantes

69. Din Cordero

70. Wap Flores Forbes

71.  Gregorio Ocampo

72. Ruben Fajardo Jr

73. Nelson Mallillim

74. Frederick Quitiquit

75. Imelda Laron (F)

76. Benedict Meneses

77. Carlito Buenaventura

78. Lester Jerome Chuayap

79. Stephanie Hefti (F)

80. Zaldy Santillan

The following will be the procedure of the event:

1. Each Runner-Participant will have to register to the Secretariat with four (4) Beer In Cans. We are not strict on the brand of the beer as long as it has 5% alcohol content by volume. NO BEERS IN BOTTLE!

2. There will be five (5) Waves of runners. Each wave will consist of sixteen (16) runners. Composition of WAVES will depend on the order of registration for each runner—FIRST TO REGISTER, FIRST TO RUN!

3. Secretariat will be ready to accept the registration of runners at 5:30 AM and the first Wave will start at exactly 6:00 AM.

4.  Cut-off time for each Wave is 20 minutes. The next Wave will start immediately after the cut-off time have lapsed.

5. At the Starting Area, runners should be at least 5 meters behind the starting line & holding their beer in can. Start of the Race will commence once the RD says “GO”. Then runner opens the beer and drink the full content of the beer before starting his run (still behind the starting line). Runners will be disqualified if they won’t be able to finish/consume the contents of can before they start their run.

6. Before completing each lap, runner has to drink another beer before he/she crosses the starting line in order to start the 2nd lap, then the 3rd lap and then the 4th/last lap. To complete the event, each runner must have consumed 4 beer in cans and had ran 4 laps.

7. If a runner vomits, he/she is penalized for another lap around the track (4 laps + 1 lap penalty). (Note: We will not have marshals to monitor each runner during the run. So, we hope that runners would accept that they vomitted during the run and take upon themselves and run the additional lap as penalty). No matter how many times you vomit, you only have to run ONE additional lap to complete the run. PLEASE DON’T VOMIT ON THE TRACK.

8.  Results will be posted in my blog and will be sent to http://www.beermile.com to represent our country from the list countries registered in this event. “Personalized” Finisher’s Certificate for each runner will be available on a later date.

9. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available FOR SALE (P 300.00 each). The word “FINISHER” and date of the event will be printed at the back of the shirt.

10. For details on the rules and regulations, please check www.beermile.com.

Additional Notes:

1. My sincerest apology to those who were not included in this initial list. However, if you have time, you can be a spectator of this event. If there will be runners in the list who could not make it in the event, we will ask runners from the spectators to fill in the list. Make sure you bring 4 cans of beer.

2. The Parking Area at the Rizal High School is very limited. We encourage “carpooling” among running club members!

3.Donations for Additional Beer In Cans and bite foods (“pulutan”) are highly encouraged.

4. We will try our best to have this event on a monthly basis.

Good luck and Have Fun!


2013 BDM 102/160 Update

Interested runners who would like to participate in next year’s edition of BDM 102 & 160 have up to the middle of next month, June 15, 2012, to file their application through the Facebook’s BDM 102/160 PAGE; or posting a comment in my blog’s BDM 102 and/or BDM 160 PAGES; or by sending an e-mail at jovie75@hotmail.com.

Application should include the following data: Name; Age; Gender; Latest Marathon Race Finish & Time; and e-mail address.

Approval of Application through a Letter of Invitation to each runner-applicant will be sent to the applicant’s e-mail address starting on June 20, 2012. Details and important instructions will be stated on the letter of invitation to include the Payment Period for the Registration Fees.

The following are the scheduled dates for the 2013 BDM Races:

2013 BDM 160 Ultra——January 26-27, 2013

2013 BDM 102 Ultra——March 2-3, 2013

The following are the scheduled “Test Runs” for the 2013 BDM Races:

BDM 160 Test Run (Km 102-160)—–December 22, 2012

BDM 102 Test Run (Km 00-50)——-January 5, 2013

BDM 102 Test Run (Km 50-102)——February 2, 2013

Registration Fees:

BDM 102—–P 3,000 (within the Registration Period)/P 3,500 for Late Registration

BDM 160—–P 5,500 (within the Registration Period)/P 6,000 for Late Registration

BDM 102 & 160 Test Runs—–P 500

Thanks and Good luck!

Official Result: 3rd T2N 50K Run

3rd Tagaytay-Nasugbu 50K Ultra Marathon Run/4:30 AM May 20, 2012

RANK RB # N   A   M   E T I M E
1 202 Ricarte Dayata (Course Record) 4:03:25
2 165 Roberto Delos Santos 4:21:10
3 160 Enrique Sundiang 4:21:30
4 266 Alfred Ocampo 4:21:48
5 260 Christian Velson Ticson 4:32:59
6 262 Laurencio Ogerio 4:36:25
7 278 Arnold Dimasugid 4:38:15
8 300 Alfred Delos Reyes 4:40:58
9 197 Eugenio Boquio 4:51:03
10 275 Narciso Alipio 4:41:09
11 166 Raul Angolauan 4:41:30
12 273 Gregorio Ocampo 4:43:42
13 198 Roman Mabborang 4:48:13
13 267 Vergilio Leona 4:53:58
15 111 Simon Pavel Miranda 4:57:35
16 124 Danilo Sanchez Jr 5:04:45
17 192 Benedick Balaba 5:04:52
18 77 Raul Tapia 5:12:47
19 329 Jerome Bautista 5:17:11
20 340 James Soto 5:20:59
21 274 Sergio Bandol 5:21:17
22 268 Samson Ocampo 5:22:43
23 298 Gilbert “Jong” Anama 5:23:14
24 359 Almar Danguilan 5:23:52
25 244 Mon Gillego 5:26:55
26 291 Carlito Buenaventura 5:27:01
27 288 Maricar Hiponia (1st, W) 5:27:27
28 214 Elvin Pastorfide 5:27:44
29 362 Sylvia Buendia (2nd, W) 5:29:08
30 332 Arman Jison 5:31:27
31 164 Nilo Lazaro 5:31:30
32 186 Jeffrey Diaz 5:31:32
33 130 Dindo Diaz 5:31:50
34 368 Dante Sagayap 5:34:13
35 367 Ariel Aquino 5:34:13
36 123 Edgar Puruganan 5:37;10
37 369 Nicolas De Leon Jr. 5:38:41
38 157 Ariel Briones 5:40:29
39 295 Mark “Beep Beep” Rodica 5:41:00
40 209 Rex San Pedro 5:41:38
41 225 Jhun Juan 5:42:29
42 333 Marvilito Villareal 5:42:49
43 276 Edwin Gajol 5:44:45
44 357 Rafael Barolo 5:44:56
45 131 Dennis Chavez 5:45:42
46 159 Senen Garcia 5:49:11
47 162 Anthony Corcilles 5:50:52
48 213 Antonio Murillo 5:51:01
49 137 Wendell Salomon 5:52:26
50 138 Sammy Uy 5:52:27
51 88 Chips Dayrit 5:53:15
52 271 Godfrey Gozo 5:53:20
53 222 Jonel De Ocampo 5:54:47
54 153 Darryl Panado 5:55:27
55 218 Roning Avellanosa 5:55:27
56 71 Marc Anthony Tibo-oc 5:56:06
57 86 Daphne Rose Codilla (3rd, W) 5:57:44
58 96 Joseph Pineda 5:58:11
59 290 Calvin John Escandor 5:58:12
60 361 Elaine Araneta (W) 6:00:21
61 226 Obeth Malana 6:01:12
62 277 Roel Olimba 6:01:28
63 251 Jon Las Bruce 6:01:39
64 285 Benjamin Termulo 6:01:48
65 73 Noel L. Ko 6:02:24
66 128 Imelda Laron (W) 6:04:14
67 317 Jerry Peralta 6:04:16
68 108 Zan Cagulangan 6:04:18
69 75 Russel Hernandez 6:07:05
70 355 Ian Francisco 6:07:35
71 299 Victor Verry 6:10:58
72 185 Aldrin Pallera 6:11:17
73 269 Gil Ocampo 6:12:04
74 228 Joel Custodio 6:13:24
75 98 Eligio Sabado Jr 6:14:08
76 103 Andrew Carreon 6:14:08
77 93 Jonnalene Dorin (W) 6:14:14
78 188 Ria Go Tian (W) 6:14:15
79 80 Romeo Santos Jr 6:15:48
80 83 Florencio Sy 6:16:39
81 293 Ernesto Badong 6:17:47
82 309 Edwin Fernandez 6:18:33
83 323 Cherry Jardiniano (W) 6:19:09
84 321 Mark Lester Salvador 6:19:12
85 322 Jay Chavez 6:19:13
86 221 William Marino 6:19:52
87 147 Dianne Palogan 6:20:41
88 227 Ricky Sangalang 6:20:41
89 113 Meljohn Tezon 6:21:14
90 220 Gerry Lita 6:21:19
91 119 Ted Mallen 6:21:21
92 347 Philip Enriquez 6:21:36
93 331 Mateo Borbon Jr. 6:22:20
94 158 Aurelio Dela Cruz 6:22:35
95 311 Werner Cruz 6:22:39
96 132 Karl Reformina 6:23:28
97 163 Dante Caguiao 6:23:52
98 155 Jayvee Pingul 6:23:56
99 224 Nestor Ramirez 6:27:19
100 343 Allan Bulos 6:27:27
101 82 Jay Gaite 6:27:44
102 171 Chaps Grande 6:20:09
103 257 Rodrigo Pagdilao Jr. 6:30:54
104 328 Edgardo Caubang 6:31:26
105 371 Neil Jhamfrens Broncano 6:31:32
106 253 Tess Leono (W) 6:32:07
107 246 Brian Red 6:32:24
108 370 Remelito Brion 6:33:11
109 223 Jay Juanir 6:34:48
110 325 Vincent Rodriguez 6:34:59
111 252 Michael Gapan 6:35:08
112 337 Jason Sison 6:36:55
113 327 Dennis Villanueva 6:36:55
114 175 Jovino Parica 6:40:29
115 156 Herito Briones 6:41:59
116 152 Alexis Huebert Dulor 6:42:03
117 74 Michael V. Chan 6:42:27
118 139 Emmanuel Dayrit 6:44:19
119 94 Roy Ochavo 6:44:30
120 203 Sammy Sagun 6:44:31
121 118 Edrick Nicdao 6:44:33
122 205 Alejandro Diego 6:44:35
123 206 Gary Teves 6:44:43
124 204 Manuel Oyao 6:44:44
125 78 Reynaldo Mapagu 6:44:45
126 170 Japhet Grande 6:45:49
127 100 Janet Maraguinot (W) 6:46:41
128 85 Justine Edward Valderrama 6:48:52
129 104 Ricardo Gabayno Jr 6:49:26
130 372 Joel Sison 6:49:43
131 102 Jenny Capistrano (W) 6:50:01
132 308 Chato Racoma (W) 6:50:02
133 135 Leilani Marie Tan (W) 6:51:09
134 140 Rod Julius Reyes 6:51:15
135 148 Miko Sabado 6:52:01
136 141 Johann Marquez 6:52:46
137 174 Patric Lagman 6:53:21
138 180 Joannie Divina Gracia 6:53:42
139 330 Arman Garcia 6:53:50
140 344 Reinier Ocomen 6:54:30
141 207 Joseph Ryan Serrano 6:55:00
142 161 Ariel Velasquez 6:56:30
143 187 Ponce Bejado Jr. 6:56:33
144 297 Mark Anthony Siege 6:56:38
145 360 Betty Rosario (W) 6:57:00
146 245 Mel Severino 6:57:01
147 248 Chito Carreon 6:57:01
148 346 Bing Baltazar C. Brillo 6:59:13
149 136 Renante Bihasa 7:00:03
150 172 Marc Conrad Molina 7:00:03
151 173 Hermie Saludes 7:00:04
152 350 Marlon Saracho 7:01:28
153 324 Jeric San Agustin 7:03:15
154 258 Annaly Alojado (W) 7:03:47
155 283 Albert Tubera 7:03:48
156 169 Celito Jose Macachor 7:03:49
157 177 Alberto Bordador 7:03:50
158 358 Gilbert Montenegro 7:05:57
159 189 Emerson Go Tian 7:06:05
160 149 Dexter Cruz 7:06:33
161 151 Arnel Distor 7:08:14
162 270 Conrado Teodoro 7:08:17
163 272 Robert Reyes 7:08:19
164 352 Allan Bandiola 7:08:20
165 129 Cris Toledo 7:10:49
166 112 Gerby Yap Liu 7:10:55
167 348 Virgilio Fule 7:11:58
168 116 Henry Garcia 7:12:04
169 117 Emmannuel Silan 7:12:04
170 121 Cecille Garcia 7:12:04
171 313 Leopoldo Esquilona 7:12:11
172 120 Dennis Matias 7:13:59
173 107 Lloyd Chuah 7:14:19
174 254 Choy Zaguirre 7:14:20
175 305 Carl Ocampo 7:14:20
176 345 Derby Canta 7:14:21
177 259 Lent Joseph Evangelista 7:15:48
178 142 Noel Villoso 7:17:02
179 279 Joseph Ronquillo 7:17:20
180 150 Roberto Abad 7:17:20
181 143 Ronaldo Robles 7:17:52
182 365 Rene Villarta 7:18:42
183 105 Dennis Siervo 7:23:03
184 84 Raymund Moncada 7:23:07
185 336 Jose Villanueva 7:24:38
186 364 Leo Hernandez 7:24:45
187 199 Anson Go Tian 7:25:43
188 181 Peterson Ong 7:26:02
189 126 Ronald Nery Astronomo 7:26:06
190 215 Myrel Hugo 7:28:00
191 366 Cholo Reynes 7:28:18
192 312 Raymond Agustin 7:28:28
193 217 Rommel Reclosado 7:28:55
194 219 Nomer Oraye 7:29:20
195 356 Boy Sta. Ana 7:30:55
196 280 Vincent De Lima II 7:32:05
197 89 Jerome Estrada Jamili 7:32:19
198 294 Noel Guevarra 7:32:24
199 125 Christian Francia 7:32:34
200 341 Daryll Timuat 7:36:46
201 284 Marquis Minlay 7:37:10
202 110 Armand Paolo Belen 7:37:53
203 176 Mary Ann de Ere (W) 7:28:26
204 314 Mark Sidamon 7:38:31
205 381 Orlana Ylaya 7:39:59
206 127 Mike Palana 7:41:04
207 373 Daniel Bersano 7:41:05
208 106 Jomelo Zagala 7:41:25
209 247 Ronald Rey Cruz 7:41:34
210 72 Luzel Maria Franco (W) 7:42:46
211 90 Gerardine Kun (W) 7:42:47
212 302 Rodelio Mendoza 7:42:49
213 183 Jeffrey Furigay 7:45:40
214 212 Ceres Nido (W) 7:46:02
215 310 Manny Ocampo 7:46:52
216 320 Joseph C. De Jesus 7:49:35
217 265 Ma. Gina Medes (W) 7:50:29
218 201 Alwyn Sy 7:50:34
219 184 Bong White 7:50:52
220 193 Alden Meneses 7:52:28
221 326 Reijo M. Del Prado 7:52:29
222 114 Jerick Yap Liu 7:52:39
223 306 Lyra  Rosario (W) 7:54:13
224 109 Takumi Reyes 7:54:39
225 264 Jhumbie Serna 7:54:54
226 319 Lorna Vejano (W) 7:54:58
227 318 Wilfredo Adiar 7:54:58
228 216 Dale Hugo 7:54:59
229 304 Leo Cerdena jr 7:55:10
230 256 Anthony Emmanuel Dimaala 7:55:26
231 301 Arianne Ortega (W) 7:55:45
232 144 Roberto Hernandez Jr 7:55:46
233 79 Benson Ray Morales 7:57:17
234 182 Edwina Poraurinanla (W) 7:58:04
235 191 Adrian Florendo 7:58:08
236 351 Larry Daliwag 7:58:13
237 349 Allan Ray Enriquez 7:58:18
238 250 Cyril Paul Magajes 7:58:22
239 281 Rexie Jane Saldivar (W) 8:01:54
240 282 Joesan Matematico 8:02:08
241 97 Donald Ancheta 8:02:25
242 81 Raymond Luis Iti 8:03:36
243 195 Allen Stein Co 8:05:32
244 289 Ian Stevenson Yu 8:06:28
245 145 Hendrick Daveson Or 8:06:33
246 307 Chie Angeles (W) 8:07:30
247 179 Jesse Robles 8:08:11
248 115 Raymund Abenojar 8:09:27
249 339 Allan Flores 8:11:22
250 229 Roger Villareal 8:11:58
251 342 Joannes Del Castillo 8:14:03
252 95 Thea Camua Bartolome (W) 8:15:25
253 363 Marinette Santiago (W) 8:15:36
254 196 Carmelli Ortega (W) 8:16:26
255 338 Lori Llamado 8:19:39
256 190 Boy Alberto 8:21:19
257 286 Edwin Vicente 8:21:22
258 354 Marius Gaius Hidalgo 8:21:46
259 287 Bong Leano 8:29:02
260 315 Angelo Orbase 8:29:30
261 87 King Mark Joefred Patricio 8:29:51
262 335 Michael Banawa 8:30:08
263 334 Dondie Cabatingan 8:30:42
264 303 Eileen Borlaza (W) 8:31:09
265 261 Jacinto Selorio 8:31:44
266 167 Dorothy Delarmante Bagting (W) 8:32:15
267 168 Nemesio Romines  8:32:16
268 263 Richard Toledo 8:37:16
269 133 Francis Dy Chua 8:39:45
270 353 Alexander Pineda 8:47:27
271 296 Mark Christian Siege 8:49:31
272 292 Charlie Ting 8:51:19
273 154 Jayson De Ocampo 8:52:15
274 374 Franciso Tubera 8:52:39
275 316 Joker Carandang 9:01:03

(Note: Runner with Race Bib #334 can contact my staff at 0918-965-9895. Thanks)

Stair Climbing Workout

This is the real stair climbing workout. It is not stair climbing using the StairMaster or any machine at the gym that mimics stair climbing.

Since I’ve been going to the mountains for the past months, I was trying to find out a simple workout that mimics how I would scale on those mountains. Aside from the fact that I’ve been trying to strengthen my quads and calf muscles through squats and lunges and/or stationary cycling, I wanted a short workout that could be easily accessible to where I am staying.

Lo and behold! I thought of doing the stairs where I am staying. I am presently residing in a 8-storey condo with 32 steps of stair per floor/storey and starting from the ground floor up to the 8th floor, I would be able to step on 256 steps. If I do 10 sets or reps, I would be able to make 2,560 steps upward and another 2,560 steps downward! On my average easy pace, I could complete the 10 sets of stair climbing in 1:20 to 1:30 hours!

To make the workout more challenging, I would put on my backpack filled with water bottles and other items inside it that would make it weight to 10-15 pounds or more. I still do a minimum of 10 sets up to a maximum of 20 sets with the backpack. I do this workout twice a week!

This workout makes my quads and calves cry in pain most especially when I incorporate some speed in my steps towards the top floor using my weighted backpack and going down to the ground floor. But I know, this workout will make me a stronger runner and hiker in my “peak bagging” activities.

If you are staying in a condo, you can do this workout once you wake up in the morning or before/after having your dinner! If you are working in a high-rise building, you can do this workout during your coffee break time or during your Facebook time or lunch time.

For more details on this kind of workout, you can check on http://bodybuilding.com/fun/givstrength1.htm

Good luck and see you at the starting line!

Walk @ Mt Timbac’s Peak

4th “Peak Bagging” Experience (April 2, 2012)

A day after the 1st KOTM Trail Marathon in Mt Ugo, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, I was on my way to Mt Timbac, the 3rd highest mountain peak in Luzon with a registered elevation of 2,717+ meters above sea level coming from Baguio City. Mt Timbac is ranked as the #9 highest peak in the entire country.

Since the mountain is located along the Halsema Highway which is the only paved access road to Bontoc, Mountain Province, I was confident that I could reach the place in a few hours and be back to Baguio City before dinner time. If there such thing as “day hike” for a mountain peak, there is also a “day trip” where you can visit a certain place and be back to where you came from before evening.

As per my research, the intersection that goes to the trailhead towards the peak of Mt Timbac is located near the vicinity of DPWH Kilometer Post #55, which means that one has to travel 55 kilometers north of Baguio City in order to reach the place. I estimated to reach the place in 1 1/2 hours.

I was surprised to notice that there are lots of changes along the road to La Trinidad as compared during those times when I have to attend my ROTC training at the Benguet Agricultural College in La Trinidad, Benguet during the late 60’s (1968-69).

During my early years in the active military service, I had two occassions of travelling along the Halsema Highway aboard a Volkswagen “Sakbayan” with Bontoc, Mountain Province as the place of destination. I could still recall the highway to be very narrow that only single lane for vehicles were used most of the portions of the road. The road was full of sharp rocks and it was too dusty. The trip was very slow and long and our body was being “massaged” throughout the trip.

I am glad that the Halsema Highway is already paved/cemented and with two lanes. Although there are still patches of construction for repairs along the road, the trip was easy and relaxing. However, one has to prepare to see that the road you are looking ahead is getting progressively higher and higher up to the peak of the next mountain! This is where you will appreciate what the DPWH had done to this part of the country.

Two kilometers from Mt Timbac’s foot or road access is the View Deck which is marked as the Highest Point of the Highway System of the Country in an elevation of 7,400 feet above sea level (2,242 meters above sea level). From this view deck, you can see Mt Pulag, Mt Tabayoc, and Mt Ugo.

After almost 1 1/2 hours of easy driving, we reached Km Post #55 and after asking some of the locals along the road, we were able to turn right to a road that leads to the mountain’s peak. The single lane road is concrete and it leads to an elementary school where I parked my vehicle. I was able to meet Alexis Estenor hiking down along the way as he and his friends just came from the peak of the said mountain.

From the school, the walk to the peak was very easy as most of the 1st kilometer is paved and the other half is an uphill trail with rocks used as steps. The hike has a distance of 2.1 kilometers which took me 30 minutes to reach the peak. I was guided by two kids who belong to the families cultivating some of the vegetable gardens along the slopes of the mountain.

After taking some pictures and short conversation with the kids, I was on my way back to my parked vehicle. My GF 305 watch registered 2,737 meters above sea level as its peak elevation.

While driving down to reach the Halsema Highway, I saw a group of farmers harvesting their potato garden and I asked the owner if I can buy some. For a P 50-bill, she gave me an estimated 4-5 kilos of her potato harvest!

My trip would not be complete if I did not stop at the Halsema Highway View Deck where the Highest Point of the Country’s Highway System is located. I took some pictures of the mountain ridges all-around this place and thought of possibilities that the place could offer in terms of tourism, economy and development.

Driving back to Baguio City was an easy one. My “recovery hike” after the 1st Mt Ugo Trail Marathon and 4th “peak bagging” experience were done!

(Note: The 2nd to the last picture is the peak of Mt Timbac as seen from the Halsema Highway View Deck. Tha last picture is the peak of Mt Pulag as seen from the Halsema Highway View Deck)

Picture Of The Week

Starting this week, I will be featuring a picture which I would like to share to my readers/visitors of this blog. It could be a place or anything that is related to running and other outdoor activities. It could also be a food, a running apparel, or somebody whom I’ve met along the way during my running adventures. I will let the picture speaks for itself.

So, this is the first Picture of the Week in this blog:

At Sitio Happy, Barangay Kabayo, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya

(Note: Picture was taken in Sitio Happy, Barangay Kabayo, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya)

Steps In “Peak Bagging” & Suggested “Tips”

The following are my personal suggestions if you want to experience “peak bagging” in any of our mountain peaks. It is assumed that you are already a seasoned runner, being a trail runner is one of the qualifications for such an experience, and it is better if you are a marathon runner. However, it is best if you are already a seasoned mountain trekker, hiker or camper.

1. Have a Plan. If you have a steady job or work where you earn a living, planning for a “peak bagging” experience takes a lot of consideration. You need ample time, scheduling, financial support and lots of positive motivation to push through with your plan. Once a quarter (every 3 months) would be a nice schedule or every time there is a long weekend (3-day vacation). The location of target mountain should also be considered in terms of its accessability from your place of origin. Of course, it will be more expensive if the location is farther from your place.

If you have a family, bring your family with you and share your passion to your wife and to your kids. If they are not interested with your outdoor activity, you can bring them with you to your destination and have them stay in a resort or place where there are other alternative outdoor activities to be experienced.

If you are a retiree, like me, enjoying your time and have a love for sports and outdoor adventures, then going out of the city and looking for different places, “peak bagging” is better than reading the news dailies, watching the TV or letting the days passed by in shopping malls/coffee shops or spending a lot of time in your car due to traffic in the metropolis.

2. Make your own research. There are lots of mountaineering resources in the Internet for your mountain destination. There are also mountaineering groups on Facebook where one can get information direct from the person you want to contact. At least, you must have a FB account to have access on these groups.

My favorite mountaineering resource in the Internet is our very own Gideon Lasco at http://pinoymountaineer.comas he categorized each mountain peak by regions and he recommends an ITINERARY for each mountain visit. However, other important data for a runner to know are not stated in his description of each mountain. Mountaineers don’t usually measure their trek to the mountain peak in terms of distance (number of kilometers/miles) but in the number of hours it would take the hikers to reach the summit. So, if they say that a hiker/camper could reach a certain peak in 5-6 hours, an average trail runner could run to the peak in 2.5-3 hours, one-half less the time for a camper/hiker to reach his destination. Faster runners could do it 1/3 of the time a hiker can do to reach the summit. However, other detailed data and information can be gathered from the comments of the his readers in every post in his website.

3. Train for Hill Running. In “peak bagging”, you need to run when the trail is flat or when you are descending along the trail and brisk walk when the trail is uphill or steep incline. For you to be consistent and faster in reaching the summit, your legs must be strong. Strong legs are developed by hill repeats as it mimics your leg turn-over during trail running. As an alternative to hill repeats, one can do strengthening exercises in the gym or at home. One can do some leg squats, lunges, stair walking and core exercises anytime of the day!

4. Prepare your apparel & equipment. Your normal running kit would suffice but as you go higher in elevation, the temperature would become colder. It is a must that you bring a light jacket stowed on your backpack/camelbak which you can use when you are freezing cold. Hand gloves are also advisable as the temperature would be freezing on top of the mountain. If your hands are starting to be numb and cold, it is a signal that you must start your descent from the mountain. Water-proof jacket is also helpful as most of the higher mountains would receive some rains usually when they are covered with clouds. Runners cap is also mandatory as it keeps the escape of heat from your body and at the same time protect your head from accidental “head-butts” from fallen trees and some branches as you pass underneath them. Hydration pack is a must! If you want to stay longer in higher summits, prepare to bring a bonnet that would cover your head and ears.

5. Prepare For Your Hydration/Nutrition. I usually bring water only in my hydration system. I was surprised that my Nathan bottle filled with water was the only water supply that I brought when I “peak bagged” Mt Pulag for a distance of 15 kilometers. Maybe its the cold weather on the higher altitude and the raining prevented my body from losing more perspiration. I usually bring “power bars” and gels in my “peak bagging” activities. They are lighter and my stomach is already used to them. At the Mt Ugo Trail Marathon, I brought my Nathan “Sprint” Handheld Bottle for my Gatorade Mix even if I was holding trekking poles. Gatorade was my extra source of electrolyte if my “peak bagging” activity is a race/competition.

6. Travel Light. I use racing flats/minimalist shoes (NB MT 101) and compression shorts & shirts on my mountain running. If I use Camelbak Hydration Pack, I only fill 1/2 up to 3/4 full of water in its bladder. I only carry minimal number of gels, power bars and Gatorade mix in my pack. Sometimes, I would pack the lightest windbreaker to my pack instead of those heavier outdoor technical jackets. My ASICS Windbreaker which I bought in Jeju, South Korea could be the lightest windbreaker that I have among my running kit. Hopefully, I would be able to buy the Patagonia Nano Jacket, my “dream jacket” for higher altitude “peak bagging”, in the near future. It can be folded and stowed in your packet.

The cheapest version of a jacket/windbreaker/poncho which you can bring is the black commercial trash bags that are available in the supermarket. Get the largest size of trash bags in the market. Simply make a hole on the closed end of the bag where you can insert you head, thus, you have a raincoat for your body and backpack. It is a must to carry at least 2-3 pieces of these black trash bags in your daypack as they serve also as trash bags for the litter you could see along the trail, camping areas or at the peak of the mountain.

7. Trekking Poles. A pair of trekking pole is an invaluable equipment for an old trekker/hiker like me. They are useful in crossing streams and rivers; keep you balanced on uneven and slippery grounds; provide anchor and support for stronger lifting of the body on steep ascending parts of the mountain; and lessen the impact of ones feet on the ground. It takes a simple time to practice to use these trekking poles. It is advisable to use those “bike gloves” (half of the fingers are exposed) when using trekking poles to avoid blisters on your hands. On descending and flat parts of the trail route, I would carry them as if they are my batons in a running relay.

8. Prepare For Contingencies. In trekking/peak bagging, you should always “respect the weather”. If the weather would not allow you to reach the peak, it is best to retreat and make another attempt on a day with good weather. The mountain will always be there, it will never leave from his location. In a good weather, if you start your “peak bagging” in the morning, expect to reach the peak when the sun is already on top of you which means that it is already noon time. The heat of the sun would make you perspire some more and you must be able to hydrate yourself regularly. In case of any encounter with the wildlife, like snakes, deer, wild pigs, cows, or bats, just ignore them and don’t disturb them. Your main mission is to reach the peak of the mountain and not as a hunter.

9. Invest On A Light & Reliable DayPack. A DayPack can store your hydration needs (water bottles + 1.5-liter bladder), additional clothing apparel, first aid kit, food, electrolyte tabs/mix, lighting equipment, and trekking poles.

10. Know Some Protocols/Etiquette/Culture of the People

a. In popular mountains which are being visited by most campers/mountaineers, you need to pay a permit fee and attend an orientation lecture from the personnel of DENR. It is best to register yourself to the barangay hall/barangay officials where the mountain/trailhead is located or to the nearest police or military unit/detatchment in the area before pursuing your activity. On the same manner, inform them on your departure from the place. There are some barangays that would ask P 20.00-P 40.00 as permit fee per person in lower elevation mountains.

b. Be prepared to get a “guide” for a fee. The guide must be requested from the Barangay Officials so that there is accountability in case of any complaints from the hikers. In Mt Apo, I paid P 350.00 for my guide but I paid him an extra tip of P 150.00. In the Ambangeg-Pulag Trail, I paid P 500.00 for my guide which is good up to 5 persons. But for the longer and harder Akiki-Pulag Trail, a guide will cost you P 1,800.00. Even if I don’t need the services of a porter, it is worthy to note that each porter is being paid a minimum of P 500.00 for every 15 kilos of weight. I always see to it that I have a guide in all my “peak bagging” feats.

c. LNT or Leave No Trace. This is the number ONE Rule in any outdoor activity which is “common sense”. Except for Mt Pulag, all the other mountain trails and peaks that I bagged have trashes. I really don’t know if the locals are the one’s littering their trash along the trails and on the peaks or the visitors.

d. Silence Means Good Weather. There is no point why hikers/trekkers would shout on the top of their voice if they see nice scenery and vistas along the mountain trail or while they are at the peak of the mountain. There are also groups of campers that would bring intoxicating liqour on the peak of the mountain and drink to their hearts content and noisy as a result before retiring to their respective tents. Other would mimic or answer the sounds from the birds through their loud voices or involve themselves in loud conversations and laughter while hiking along the mountain trail. All of these are “toxic or pollutants” on the peaceful environment of the forests and the mountains. Local people would predict unfavorabe weather a day or two after such “noise” are done in the mountain!

e. Smile & Greet Everybody you meet along the trail. Find time to talk to them even for a few seconds. Your message should be clear that you are there to simply have a quick look of the place or just passing through. Always be positive on your comments and observation of the place.

f. Most of the mountains in the Cordillera Region & along the Bansalan Trail to Mt Apo have vegetable farms on the foot and slopes of the mountain. You should not mess up or step on the growing plants on these garden/vegetable farms. Never try to harvest or pick any of the vegetables or root crops as you pass by these farms. Most of the farms have cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

11. As much as possible, make a journal or document of your peak bagging activity in every mountain that you visit or attempt to make in reaching a summit. There is no shame if you could not make the grabbing in your first attempt as the mountain will always be there waiting for you. If you have a Garmin/GPS Watch, it would be nice to get the following data: Duration of Peak Bagging Activity from your specific Starting Point to the Peak and back; Distance recorded; Altitude of the Peak; Profile Elevation; Average HR; and other data taken from the equipment. Your personal experience will somehow inspire others to go to the outdoors and be interested in “peak bagging” activity.

(Note: Pictures from Mt Pulag, Mt Natib, Mt Ugo, and Mt Timbac)

2nd International Mt Apo Boulder Face Challenge

This is the 5th Edition of this Adventure Race being held in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur and at the same time the 2nd International Edition of this race which was held last April 28, 2012.

I came to know about this race when I asked the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner if they are interested to join in this year’s TNF 100 in Baguio City. The answer that I got was that they had been preparing for an adventure race to be held in Mt Apo/Davao Del Sur. It was my first time to hear such event and later found out that the Cash Prizes are simply not to be ignored. (Note: My Elite Team Bald Runner had been past Champions in the TNF 100 since 2008). I heard for the second time about this event from mountaineers when I had my “peak bagging” feat at Mt Apo during the Holy Week. After a thorough research on the mechanics of the event on their website, I was hoping that my elite runners would make it to the podium finish.

Due to its “low-profile” exposure among the ultrarunners in the country and its mechanics, trying to form teams among the “usual suspects” would be a hard proposition. Plus the consideration on the logistics and financial resources needed to join the race is very expensive. However, if you are good in mountain trail running and have the capability to land among the podium finishers, the Cash Prizes would replace ones investment in joining this race.

I was surprised to see a picture of Gerald Sabal posted on Facebook with the boulders of Mt Apo as the background with a note that he is featured as one of the Champions of the event. I immediately called Gerald to congratulate him and found out that his brother Cresenciano, was his team mate!

Cresenciano and Gerald Sabal won as the Team Champion in the 2nd edition of the International Boulder Face Challenge and won the purse of P 150,000. The team of Alquin Bolivar and Raul Lamprea landed as the 7th Finisher with a purse of P 10,000.

Cris and Gerald established a Course Record with a time of 15:38:33 hours, breaking the old course record by more than 7 hours! Awesome!

Read the result and related story on Dabaw Pinoy.

Congratulations Cris & Gerald and to all the Finishers!