MANILA, Philippines – Looking for a new experience this summer? Why don’t you try hiking through your first mountain?
You’ve probably had a mild case of FOMO* over beautiful photos of your friends’ arms held high, facing a sky full of clouds. Hiking has surged in popularity recently and it’s an activity worth adding to your summer agenda because it’s as fulfilling as it is fun.
Hiking can be physically challenging for beginners, but depending on which peak you scale, you’ll be rewarded by the cool breeze and beautiful panoramic views that only the Philippines’ highest summits can offer. Trails in the Philippines come with beautiful side trips such as hidden rivers and waterfalls as well.
If you’re looking forward to your first climbing experience,** here’s a guide to help you go through it without a hitch.
Aside from using hiking-appropriate clothes, make sure you can easily move around in what you'll be wearing
What to wear
Proper gear will help you stay comfortable and flexible, help you avoid injury, and protect you from the hot sun, cool air, or surprise rain showers.
What to bring
Pack as light as possible. Make sure that you have enough food and water for the duration of your hike. Don’t forget supplies for emergencies.
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You never know what you'll be needing on your journey so be sure to bring these too
Aside from enjoying the experience and taking pictures, don’t forget to be mindful about your surroundings. Follow these prescribed rules:
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*Fear Of Missing Out
**The following list was created for an overnight hike for higher peaks, where temperatures usually drop at the summit.