TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE PHILIPPINE MOUNTAINEERING ~ The Philippine Mountaineering

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE PHILIPPINE MOUNTAINEERING

10 COMMANDMENTS OF THE PHILIPPINE MOUNTAINEERING

1. THOU SHALL RECOGNIZE MOUNTAINEERING AS STRENUOUS ACTIVITY. It is important to understand that it requires much effort to climb a mountain. You don’t have to buy stuffs or any equipment at this time. You can also read books, magazine, blogs or try to talk to a known mountaineer. It is also a good idea to hear or read stories of mountaineers who have climbed many mountains. The good website is UP Mountaineers.


2. THOU SHALL EVALUATE MENTAL STRENGTH. A lot of mountaineering experiences are about mental condition. It demands to make sound and fast judgments about conditions, directions and safety.

3. THOU SHALL PREPARE YOUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH. Mountaineering demands good fitness and endurance skills. Before going for mountaineering activity, go first for fitness and strength training. These are some activities to consider:
•Running and jogging, including endurance running.
•Walking and hiking, with the hiking becoming increasingly difficult
•Weightlifting, or walking and running with weights in a backpack.
•Climbing practice – ladders instead of elevators and escalators.
•Mountain biking
•Swimming
•Any activity that improves strength and endurance

4. THOU SHALL PURCHASE ONLY NECESSARY EQUIPMENT. Don’t be an impulsive buyer. Before buying anything consult an experienced mountaineer to gain advice. Purchase items which can be used not only in mountaineering (e.g. shoes, clothes). Immediate possession of tent, cook sets and other equipment is not a must. For a good start, you can prepare a checklist getting the advice of an experienced mountaineer. Remember that you have to carry all your stuffs, thus buying lightweight equipment is a big help for you.


5. THOU SHALL LEARN ABOUT MOUNTAINEERING ETHICS. This is the most forgotten principle of mountaineering nowadays. Mountaineering isn't just about physical and mental aspects, it is more of life style. Remember to consider yourself blessed with the privilege of being able to climb mountains. Being a mountaineer is being concerned to keep mountains in their original condition, as to respect the locals and their cultures. The known principle or ethics for mountaineers to practice is the Leave No Trace or LNT. Avoid any possibility of mass climbing.

6. THOU SHALL NOT CLIMB WITHOUT BMC TRAINING. Basic Mountaineering Course is a fundamental course for every mountaineer. Climbing with an experienced mountaineer is not a substitute for this course. The "learn as you go" principle is discouraged. There are lots of mountain clubs who offers this course. One of the writer here is an instructor of BMC in Alliance Mountaineering and Outdoor Society or AMOS. 

7. THOU SHALL NOT FORGET TO PLAN AHEAD YOUR CLIMB. Mountains are graded from easy to extremely difficult, with many gradations in between. A beginner mountaineer should always ascend an "easy" mountain to begin with, while still taking all necessary precautions because a mountain is still a mountain, no matter how "easy" it is considered. Try non-technical "walk-up" mountains to begin with. Consider the lowest possible budget for your first climb. Look for mountain with low altitude, that you may not be shocked with altitude changes. Low altitude mountain destinations  will set us free from worrying about exposure, oxygen deprivation and lack of skills to cope. Research the intended climb well. Be updated on the weather patterns because mountains have their own weather systems (micro-climates). Check whether you need permits, if a permit is not required, register to the nearest barangay hall or “sitio” leader and tell them about the span of your stay and your expected return time.

8. THOU SHALL NOT FORGET TO PREPARE ACCURATELY. Pack your gear properly. Use a checklist, for you to easily identify everything you need. Check the condition and performance of the equipment first before packing. Check also the required supplies (e.g. food, water). Eat a good meal and get to bed early.

9. THOU SHALL NOT BE CARELESS ON YOUR CLIMB. Be a responsible and respectful mountaineer. Due to travel time reasons, most climbs begin very early in the morning. Don’t forget to do the basic stretching.  Stick to the trail unless there is major hindrance preventing you from doing so. Ensure to reach a suitable place for encamp. Honor the wisdom of an experienced mountaineer. Common sense is a must. Enjoy the regular short breaks to eat energy foods. It's easy to dehydrate in the cold because your body doesn't seem thirsty, so be sure to keep drinking fluids regularly. Stay with the team at all times. As you reach the summit, take photos and feel proud without offending anyone. We are also denouncing mass climbs. 

10. THOU SHALL NOT DESCEND LATE.  Day hike is best to be started early to ensure touch down before darkness. Be aware that the descend is hard and dangerous. While it may seem easier than going up, this is the time that accidents are most likely to occur, and when concentration tends to lapse. Stay focused on finding good footholds when scrambling and climbing down. Don’t forget to log out to the local officials or administrators of the mountain.





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  1. wow! this is wonderful and big help for us...

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  3. great! very informative. Newly mountaineer should take note of such things.

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  4. Thou shall not promote nor support mass climbing events

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  5. thanks for commenting. May we always be reminded by these commandments

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  6. Thank you so much for an inspiring 10 commandments...god bless to all mountaineers....

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  7. your welcome Taklad Bago. we want also to thank you for reading the post. GOD bless you also

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  8. This blog is very helpful. Thanks for the posts.

    I'm interested in taking BMC. Would you know if AMOS has a schedule for the course for 2013?

    Thank you and kudos!

    - Edward

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  9. Edward, you can contact some of our volunteers. just text the cellphone number given.

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