Mountain Hardwear Peak Pursuits

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Friday, February 14, 2014

IT HAS always been said that the Philippines is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There are untouched natural reserves, awesome beaches and majestic mountains that litter this archipelago's horizon. We are fortunate to have a rich terrain like the Philippines as our backyard. It would be a waste for it to go unnoticed and unused by the people living in it.

This is why Mountain Hardwear Philippines is making it its business to raise awareness and support in reacquainting people with their love for the outdoors. Life is not about letting ourselves be run by deadlines and bills to pay. Sometimes we need to take a step back and enjoy the simply joy of experiencing nature's most spectacular views.

What better way to start things off than with a fun and stimulating climb to Mt. Apo. As some of you may know, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, and the home of diverse and interesting plant species.


It is a favorite among professional mountain climbers who love the challenge of the terrain, and the breath taking view of Davao that one sees when he or she finally scales this mountain's peak.

The two-day trip for the Mt. Apo climb is on April 11-13. Participation is free for a minimum purchase of P20,000 Mountain Hardwear products, while the regular registration fee is P4,500 per person for Mt. Apo, with a 14 to 20 people per climb.

The group climb will include van transfer, meals, refreshments, BMC (Basic Mountaineering Course), certificate and of course the free use of world class Mountain Hardwear tents and sleeping bags worth around P15,000.

People who avail themselves of this trip can also enjoy 20 percent discount on Columbia Sportswear, Teva and Mountain Hardwear regular priced products.

Aside from the April trip on Mt. Apo, there are also two-day trips to Mt. Matutum on August 8-10, and another one to Mt. Capistrano on October 24-26 with a P4,000 registration fee but is also free with a P20,000 purchase of Mountain Hardwear.

Mountain Hardwear Epic Day Hike is available for people who want to get started on the outdoor, mountain climbing experience. These day hikes are priced at P1,000 inclusive of van transfer, lunch, refreshment, BMC, certificate & Event Shirt, but these can all be free if you avail yourself of P15,000 worth of Mountain Hardwear products.

These are the dates and places where you can be part of the Mountain Hardwear Epic Day Hikes:

* Quimasog Falls -- March 8

* Kipilas Falls -- May 31

* Matigol Falls -- July 19

* Toril Falls -- September 6

* Kwagsik Falls -- November 15

Now, we believe in starting them out young so Columbia is also launching its first ever Kid's Daybreaker. Kids from 7 years to 14 years old will have the opportunity to hike, climb and do river trekking on March 22 in Torres Falls then an overnight trip to Mt. Puting Bato on May 2-3.

The fee is free upon purchase of P20,000 worth of Columbia products or a fee of P1,500 (inclusive of one kid and one guardian) and will include van transfer, lunch, refreshment, BMC, certificate and event shirt.

People have this mindset that the outdoors is a scary place to be. Yes, there are factors that we cannot control, but it only makes the experience more thrilling and beautiful- not scary. When people spend more time with nature, they gain a greater appreciation of what they have, hence, become more responsible for the environment.

There are things to be done and places to go to- but let your priority be the one that enriches your inner life first before anything else. Remember, you are more than worth it.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 15, 2014.


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