• Train your mind as well as your body.
  • Plan without haste and with the help of trusted expert mountaineers.
  • Invest in a good pair of mountaineering boots.
  • Carry ample food and water that will last for the whole trip.
  • Get up-to-date weather information on areas where you will be in.
  • Have a back-up plan in case the weather turns sour or you have to make last minute changes to your itinerary.
  • Double your socks to prevent blisters while hiking.
  • Layer on clothes but make it easy for you to don and doff a few when needed.
  • If you need to keep yourself warm, fill your bottle with hot water and place it in your backpack or sleeping bag.
  • Know where to get help if needed.
  • Inform a close family member or friend of your itinerary.
  • Get basic outdoor and first aid training.
  • If you don’t know the route, get a trusted and experienced guide to join you.
  • Know your limits. If you plan to go beyond it, make sure you’re ready for the worst.
  • Wear quick-dry clothing.
  • Bring different kinds of plastic bags: ziplock, large and small.
  • Waterproof your items and bring different sizes of dry sacks.
  • Bring your trash with you. Never leave them at the campsite.
  • Avoid doing this alone.
  • 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) Mt. Apo Davao (6) Mt. Kanlaon Bacolod City
(2) Mt. Guiting-guiting Romblon (7) Mt. Pulag Benguet
(3) Mt. Kitanglad Bukidnon (8) Mt. Banahaw Quezon
(4) Mt. Mt. Halcon Mindoro (9) Mt. Tabeyoc Mountain Prov.
(5) Mt. Mayon Albay (10) Mt. Matutum South Cotobato

Gear Guide

Technical Pack The North Face/Mountain Hardware/Deuter Quick Dry Shirt Mountain Hardware/The North Face/Columbia/Lagalag/Pitman
Tent Mountain hardware/The North Face/Black Diamond/Eureka Quick Dry Pants Mountain Hardware/The North Face/Columbia/Lagalag/Pitman
Sleeping Bag The North Face/ Mountain Hardwear/Coghlan’s Hiking Shoes Columbia/The North Face
Earth Pad Pitman/Side Out Light weight Jacket Mountain Hardware/The North Face/Columbia/
Towel Sea to Summit/Aquazorb Socks Thorlo
Ground Sheet Coglan’s Hat/Cap The North Face/Columbia/Pitman
Water bottle/s Nalgene
Stove MSR
Gas MSR/Kovea
Mess kit GSI/Light My Fire
Utensils Coghlan’s
Head Lamp Black Diamond/Princeton tec/Petzl
Flashlight Maglite
Jacket Mountain Hardwear/ Columbia/ The North Face
Shovel Coghlan’s
Emergency Blanket Coghlan’s
First Aid Kit Coghlan’s
Bag Cover Coghlan’s/ TNF
Insect repellent Para Kito
Trail Food Trail Mix
Sandals Columbia/Teva/Keen
Extra Clothes Mountain Harwear/TNF/Columbia
Camera/video GoPro/Drift
Rain Protection Coghlans Poncho
Swiss Army Knife Victorinox/Gerber
Bandana Headware