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Hiking 2012 – Photo Journal

 

HIKING was actually rock climbing! The invitation said 'hiking' and so I went with my scarf, tech gizmos, and other needless stuff expecting an easy trail with moderate walk and minimal trekking. It was not! The first stop was at the Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Highlands of New York. — at Breakneck Ridge.

At Sugar Loaf Mountain

At Sugar Loaf Mountain

At this point I thought of backing out but when I looked down the steep incline, I decided it's easier not to give up. So there, I endured! Mommy, look at me!
Scaling Boulders

Scaling Boulders

The more experienced climbers waiting for the neophytes to scale the gorge first.

The more experienced climbers waiting for the neophytes to scale the gorge first.

As if my agitation wasn't enough, TIM, one of the peer guides, tells a story about a bear attacking a climber. That's me trying to ignore him. — at South Beacon Mountain.

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I just conquered the third mountain, North Beacon Mountain! Resting to catch my breath. My thoughts came in randomized variety: NPAs living in the mountains of my country, poor rural students in the who walked to school everyday, feeling of getting lost, scary ticks and contractinglyme disease in the forest, slimy snakes and the oncoming storm, etc ... And yes, thinking how it's great to be just alive. Hehehhe ... nagdedeliryo na ako sa pagod! — at North Beacon Mountain

On top of North Beacon Mountain in Cold Spring, NY. This mountain is part of the Hudson Highlands.

On top of North Beacon Mountain in Cold Spring, NY. This mountain is part of the Hudson Highlands.

I find it so exciting that I came back with my friends the following week. Like the first time, we took the Metro North Train to destination. This picture was taken at Grand Central Station at 7am.

427555_10151129905216180_659350858_nThe hike is addicting. Considered one of the steepest trails in NY, Breakneck Bridge has breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Highlands. Halfway pa lang pero ang ilog ang ganda na. Majestic Hudson!                                             405331_10151126644041180_1976976722_n

This second trip was eventful. A lot got so exhausted for underestimating the difficulty of the trail. It was a hot summer day and we ran out of water. One fellow got lost and was rescued by the Cold Spring Fire Department. He survived night time in the steep mountains without any food, water, light and equipment. We were so glad he was rescued and safe! The theme of the day was SURVIVAL. We learned so much on that day but it was still fun! We slept at the Cold Spring fire station.

Read this link for a related story written by one of our hike mates. This was posted on CNN.   [http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-825957]     430188_10151127537476180_1481209473_n     We came back a third time! This time with the Sanlo Hiking Society!
Reynor, Maricar, Mharj, Jan Michael and Au. Rogelio Penaverde took the picture.

Reynor, Maricar, Mharj, Jan Michael and Au. Rogelio Penaverde took the picture.

A daring spirit never goes home without 'battle wounds'. Here's mine proudly stamped on my forehead plus some bruises here and there after a much enjoyed day hike. No regrets (but i could have lost my head).

Ouch! Swelling after falling face down on the  rocky mountain slope. I am lucky I only got one. It could have been worse.

Ouch! Swelling after falling face down on the rocky mountain slope. I am lucky I only got one. It could have been worse.

The third time is a charm. Now that it was easier for us, we even had time to create videos.

LINK TO VIDEO HERE. [http://youtu.be/3Ax066z0Kis]