• Know your environment well. Research and ask friends who have been there.
  • Always start from small. The first hike of the season should be a short one.
  • Make sure you pack enough water for your hike.
  • You don’t need to bring loads of food. A ham sandwich, chip crumbs and half a granola bar may already make superb meal.
  • Bring matches or a lighter even on a day trip.
  • Accidents are inevitable. Bring a first aid kit and make sure you know how to use it.
  • Take careful steps. The wilderness is not a place for recklessness.
  • Respect the wild. Be conscious of your actions.
  • Know how far you have to go to get proper medical care.
  • Never hike alone.
  • Layer on clothes but make it easy for you to don and doff a few when needed.
  • Your group should hike with the slowest walker in front and the fastest at the back.
  • Take regular breaks to drink and eat. Put sunblock on and don’t forget to re-apply constantly. Pace yourself so you have energy to complete the hike.
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surface.
  • Dispose waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.


(1) Sagada, Mt. Province (4) Mt. Hibok Hibok, Camiguin
(2) Batad, Mt. Province (5) Apo National Park, Davao
(3) La Mesa Dam, Eco Park

Gear Guide

Day Pack The North Face / Osprey Quick Dry Shirt Columbia / The North Face
Water Nalgene Quick Dry Pants Columbia / The North Face
Trail Water Osprey / Salomon Lite Hiking Shoes Columbia/Keen
Rain Protection Coghlans Poncho Light weight Jacket The North Face / Columbia
Food Packed Lunch Socks Thorlo
Trail Food Nature Valley Power Bar/Trail Mix Cap Columbia / The North Face
Light Maglite Convertible pants Columbia / The North Face / Lakambini / Lagalag
Utensils Coghlan’s/Light My Fire/Alite
Trekking Poles Black Diamond Bandana Headware / TNF
Emergency Shelter Coghlans
First Aid Kit Coghlans
Insect repellent Parkito
Head Lamp Black Diamond
Extra Clothes Columbia/The North Face/ Mountain Hardwear
Camera/Video GoPro
Multi Purpose Tool Gerber
Bandana Headware
Sandals Columbia/Teva/Keen