Dynamics of Mountaineering 2
Budget is also an important factor
and must also be tackled in detail. The expenses and everyday
expenditure should be properly taken into account in order to
allocate their money well for the whole duration of the trip
as well as the logistics needed such as ID’s, officials
t-shirts or any souvenir items that will make the expedition a
very unforgettable and treasured moment to the participants.
of your mountaineering equipment has its own specific
and important function and it would be better if you can
carry them all in just one bag.
After the trip, a post climb
meeting of the group is a must if they want to improve or step
forward in their next climb. They must meet in order to know
the positive and the negative aspects of the entire activity.
This is the best way for the group to decide and hopefully to
maintain or to get even better on their positive aspect and
avoid any known threats of failure.
The “equipments” needed in
mountaineering was discussed by Chevalier Dangcalan. He
encouraged the mountaineers to bring only the necessary things
or gears to avoid the heavy load of backpacks and to lighten
their burden while on the trip and especially when they go
trekking that’ll last for 1 to 2 hours at most.
group shared their ideas based on their adventure
experiences to the participants carrying with them a
strong conviction that the knowledge about the
mountaineering should not be monopolized or controlled
but rather be opened and released to everyone specially
to those individuals who have passion towards it
Equipments that are of utmost
importance to bring consistence in his or her phase must be
loaded with plastic bags, tents, sleeping bag, enough camping
clothes to wear, stove and cook set, lighter fluid, lamp,
flashlight or headlight, nylon cord for wet clothes, match
sticks or lighter, paper kit, sewing kit and most importantly
a first aid kit. Each of these mentioned equipment has its own
specific function and purpose and it would be advisable if you
can carry them all in just one bag.
Most importantly, a whistle is
required which will come to be very useful for emergency cases
like when you are lost in the forest or when you need to call
for help. Just remember the blow three consecutive times for
you to be understood.
Another point to remember in
mountaineering is the “Trail Movement” which was lectured by
Renan Agustin. He seriously advised the mountaineers to be
observant in their surroundings when the group is on the
But before the trekking started,
participants are required to get enough rest, coordinate with
the officials in the barangay and ask permission and look for
a guide to avoid some problems along the way.
Chevalier Dangcalan discussed the topic on “equipments”
needed in mountaineering.
Beginners often experience being
lost because they are not very keen in observing their
environment especially to the trail signs, which are purposely
made to guide trekkers to their destination. Renan also
informed the participants about the different kinds of trails
such as man trail, jungle trail, open trail and natural trail.
As the group follows the tracks,
pointers on trail movements must be exercised like the proper
postures and positions in stepping and walking effectively in
the different pathways whether it goes uphill, downhill or
Climb formation should also be
observed to ensure the safety and unity of the whole group.
One should be assigned as a “lead man” to pilot or to guide
the participants to the right direction. The next person that
should be designated is the “lead pack” who will go with the
visitors, then followed by the “pacers” who will maintain the
climbers by checking if they are intact and unharmed and the
last is the “sweeper” who will ensure that everybody is
following the trail and that nobody is lost or left behind.
The last matter discussed was
“Camp Management” that lectured by Carlos Amatong. He pointed
out that the best campsite is not to be made but to be found
which definitely means nature is the best campground itself so
it must be preserved and cared for.
Participants of the DOS event find the two-day
mountaineering trip “a great and very memorable
Carlos gave some very significant
pointers about camp management but in general, he clearly
meant that it is very important to respect nature and avoiding
making campfires in the forest, keeping the water from
contamination by using biodegradable soap. He also said that
it is essential not to disturb nature and the campsite should
be 100 meters away from the water source. One way of
maintaining the cleanliness of the campsite is to bring your
own trash with you when you get home. Remember the basic rule
in mountaineering: “Leave No Trace”
Good thing with DOS is that they
organize mountaineering trips together with their experienced
members, which is an excellent opportunity for beginners to
learn and even provide access to the equipments they posses.
Participants find the two-day
mountaineering trip “a great and very memorable experience”
and for me that was just simply the beginning of a lifetime