|1.) Taal: my first-sort-of-climb/youth camp with LYFE. This is where I got "heat stroked" | Photo from LYFE|
|2.) Daguldol: Jumpshot galore. Where did those excess energy come from? | Photo by Pinay Bundoc|
Because you see, there's this some sort of magic that mountains hold over me.
|3.) Pulag: Well-wrapped and still not warm|
| My story here: Mt. Pulag: Walang Drama Version
and run out of breath
and curse myself for getting out of bed
and pray so hard that the dizziness won't set
and then actually get hit
by that disorienting feeling of the world spinning faster than it should
every single time I climb (I am actually getting dizzy now thinking about it).
Almost always I stop and sit and wish I could just stay put and wait for the others to come back from the summit. But I didn't. I can't.
|4.)Sembrano: The sky is so close you can almost touch it.|
|5.) Manabu: Helllooo from the top!|
Other cloud-hugged mountains, maybe.
Or perhaps a vista of distant towns or surrounding lakes.
Maybe rugged landforms and shifting waters.
Flying solitary hawks or other homebound bird-kind in V position.
Gradually changing hues of the sky or diamond-laden sky.
Sometimes you don't even see a thing worth noting 'cause it's so foggy
and yep that's awesome, too.
It's different every time, and it's always breathtaking.
|6.) Manalmon: Waiting for the sunrise|
It's the promise of rejuvenation. No matter how dead tired I was before the summit, no matter how much my legs ache and my head pound while crawling up, I get recharged the moment I step into the summit. And it wasn't just a gradual returning of the energy I lost: it's an instant zap! and wham! I'm alive! Wooohooo! *JUMPSHOT YEAH!* Yep, seriously. Five seconds ago I can't barely walk, now I'm jumping up and down in an effort to snap a picture of myself midair.
|7.) Batulao: New year, new high!|
|8.) Maculot Rockies: Living life on edge... and loving it. :)|
When I climb, I feel empowered, confident, brave, happy and magical. That's why even when I feel I should, I can't give up any summit. That's why even when I know I can, I don't.
Hey, see you at the top? :)