Serious Hiking Tips ~ The Philippine Mountaineering

Serious Hiking Tips

Serious Hiking Tips to Consider

"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time." -Steven Wright

Walking is oldest form of transportation. The Bible and also some historical accounts recorded that men and women of ancient times enjoyed long life because of the unavailability of vehicle. We have lots of studies today that states that walking reduces health risks and has various overall health benefits, such as reducing the chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Obesity and high blood pressure could be preventive through walking according to

As mountaineers, we are so blessed to have more opportunities to experience the pluses of walking. Maybe we can use walking as a reason of doing outdoor activities every time there are people asking why we climb.

This post aims to give some helpful tips to enjoy walking as we go uphill (Ascend) and also downhill (Descend). Through proper way of walking, we can be sure that there will be another calendar of outdoor activity that will happen in the future.

Uphill Walking Tips
1. Small is Possible
The common mistake of every newbie is to walk fast as they start walking. Remember, taking shorter steps than usual will reduce the effort per step to push your body and pack weight upwards and will make the ascent easier.

2. Follow the right one
Be observant of the trail especially when ascending, look for several footsteps ahead to choose the best route (i.e. you won’t avoid large steps up onto big rocks and choose smaller steps up and around them). This is a way for us not to get tired easily.

3. Use Trekking Pole
Trekking pole is not only for persons with disability. One of the booming improvements of the mountaineering in the Philippines is the acceptance on the use of trekking pole. The post techniques for using trekking poles is a must read for everyone.

4. Take zigzag up steep ascents
Taking a zigzag route uphill reduces the gradient of hiking and makes it easier. One of the considerations of this idea for more distance, so best kept for steep ascents as required.

5. Go for 4x4
Being on the outdoor is also making our hands dirty. Use your hands to help you stay balanced and secure on steep ascents. In some cases this incident is known to some as 4x4 (use of hands and feet).

6. Energize your body properly
The body will burn more energy as we go for a hike. We must supply fuel shortly before reaching the uphill section by consuming quality amount of energy-reached foods. Some of the good foods for intake are energy bars, candies, fruit, GORP, dried fruit, etc. Assure the availability of trail food during the climb. Keep hydrated with regular sips of water to replace water lost through perspiration.

7. Proper breathing

As commented by Maestro Pinoy Apache of Cebu, "proper breathing is necessary especially at difficult and uphill portion of the trail. Breathing properly will ensure supply of of good amount of oxygen to our bloodstream that would prevent any muscle injury to happen." 

Downhill Walking Tips


1. Be observant
Never under estimate the trail. Running on the trail is highly discouraged to prevent any injury. The main thing for this is not to rush.

2. Heels first
Going downhill is a hard task most especially we are on unorganized trail. One of the musts in downhill is to slow down by leaning back a little and put weight down through heel on each step. Be particularly careful on very steep descents especially in the wet (e.g. on grassy, boulders) and on loose stones. A useful technique is to stand side on and lower down one step at a time.

3. Use zigzag routes to slow the pace down
To prevent any unwanted incident, we have to slow down the pace. This is advisable. This even adds distance to your hike and thus, can be a huge energy consuming.

4. Pole walking
The primary use of trekking pole is to reduce pressure, wear and tiredness to our knees and legs. Some of the plus of poles is to control the speed and balance.

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  1. Time your steps with your breathing especially at difficult and uphill portions. Proper breathing will supply your bloodstream with a good amount of oxygen and would prevent muscle injuries.

    Just my two cents worth of opinion. Happy trails!

  2. Thanks for the tips. This means a lot to beginners

  3. if your Climb prepare your self and have enough sleep before the climb.

  4. informative...nice one...Im gonna post this on my FB...I hope you will allow me.

  5. Thanks sir Paolo Mercado, may you enjoy reading our post.

  6. I would like to include that you always have a map of where you are hiking. Other than obviously helping to keep you on track, maps can help you figure out where you are at certain times of the day and plan out where you need to get to.

  7. You're a big help to us! Mabuhay ang Philippine!!!


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