Dynamics of Mountaineering
By Ligaya B.
nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but
foot prints”, in other words, “Leave No Trace”. This is the
mountaineer’s creed that is known worldwide and is the driving
inspiration being pursued and put into practice by individuals
engaged in mountaineering in Dipolog City.
Mountaineers religiously observed the said doctrine in order
to preserve and conserve nature that they consider their
second home next to their dwelling in the city.
Long before Dipolog Outdoors Society, Incorporated (DOS) was
established in the city, there are already people who climbed
to the mountains and enjoyed much peace and tranquility while
in the forest under the big trees shelters. It was fate then
that led them to meet with their fellow backpackers and
outdoor lovers and found out that they are all tied in one aim
which is to promote mountaineering not just to the youth but
to all the people from all ages.
nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave
nothing but foot prints” - Mountaineer’s Creed.
DOS is composed of different
unique individuals who worshiped going outdoors and was
formally organized in 1997 and is now an accredited program
and sports oriented group by the Security and Exchange
Commission (SEC) with Registration Number G1997-00373.
Since then, DOS has have organized
several expeditions in different parts of Dipolog as well as
in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte and other nearby
Mountaineers religiously observe strict discipline in
order to preserve and conserve nature.
The group had gained a number of
memberships and is currently growing day by day. To become a
full-fledged member, the requirements are simple; one must
undergo adventure trips with them, which they regard as one
major climb and two minor climbs that the group will
specifically distinguish. DOS Officials also clarified that
the group is also after of the “attitude” and “good character”
of the applicants in such a way that they can easily fit in
with the other members of the group.
This years set of officers
comprise Mr. Freger Reyes as President, Engr. Basil Gonzales
as Vice President, Atty. Hans Barbaso as Treasurer, Mr.
Alfredo Balisado as Secretary and Mr. Renan Agustin as
In the month of February 2004, the
group had organized a camping trip in Sitio Pamansalan,
Barangay Diwan of the city of Dipolog, about 40 participants
joined in the adventurous exercise.
after the Dipolog Outdoors Society, Incorporated was
established in the city, they then realized their fate
led them to aim one goal, which is to promote
mountaineering not just to the youth but also to all the
people from all ages.
After the campsite was set, DOS
officers and members conducted their lecture on Mountaineering
Dynamics. They openly proclaim their aim in organizing
mountaineering, which is to discipline mountaineers that are
responsible not only to the environment but to the locals and
to themselves as well.
The group also shared their ideas
to the participants based on their experiences in
mountaineering for several years now with the strong belief
that knowledge about the said sport should not be monopolized
or controlled but rather be opened and released to everyone
specially to those individuals who have passion towards it.
shows Engr. Basil Gonzales hard at work in lecturing the
“Climb Preparation” for the rappelling sport activity.
DOS members also discussed to the
participants the Dynamics of Outdoor Skills which includes the
four very important points such as “Climb Preparation” by Engr.
Basil Gonzales, “Equipments” by Chevalier Dangcalan, “Trail
Movement” by Renan Agustin and “Camp Management” by Carlo
“Climb Preparation” is all about
planning and organizing a climb and a healthy life style.
Mountaineers should live a very healthy lifestyle and must
avoid drugs and smoking, mustn’t drink too much alcohol, have
a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, must observe proper
sleeping time and most of all he or she must be physically
40 participants joined the February 2004 mountaineering
trip that DOS organized in Sitio Pamansalan, Barangay
Diwan of the city of Dipolog.
Engr. Gonzales said that when a
certain group is planning for a climb, they must conduct a
pre-climb meeting where they can discuss their objectives and
their desired destination.
The group must tackle their
purpose in going for a climb and they should agree among
themselves if they will go there for fun, for exploration and
simply to let their visitors enjoy the spectacular view of
Familiarization to a target area
is a key factor for a successful climb event, that is why they
assemble an exploratory team that will survey the place by
knowing every little detail such as the means of
transportation, fare and even ask permission from the local
leaders for safety.
There are a number of pointers
that should be taken by a group who wish to venture into this
kind of sport. Some of these pointers are kindly revealed by
the DOS officers and their advice are; the group should ask
for proper permission or official permits, the current peace
and order situation in the area, if there are any available
water source, the tracking distance, observation of terrain
conditions and the itinerary should be based on the
exploration to be conducted.
In any kind of climb organization
there is a need for a team leader who will be the decision
maker, a pacer, medics, trail watcher or the sweeper and the
manpower that will put control points in the access routes.