Last weekend, August 9-11, while some people spend their long weekend in a beach or in some holiday destination, a group of around 60 Mountaineers vouched to give feeding, used clothes and tree planting in parallel of the First gathering of Mountaineers in Region 10 and nearby provinces. Lead by an Alumni of MSU-IIT, an active member of IIT Mountaineering group, and the representative of Region 10 in Mountaineering, Ms. Memie Bade pushed a successful event towards recognizing the Mindanao Mountaineering Federation particularly in Region 10 as an organized group, and at the same time, helping Mountaineering Clubs and its members in recognizing, determining and solving issues of the current conditions of the Mountains and environment in the area.
“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.” ? Robert Macfarlane
Together with the Presidents of various Mountaineering Clubs and its representatives, they have shared various stories, insights, advices, and necessary information all in this simple gathering, which, one of the outcome is to conduct a free Basic Mountaineering Course for its members and to those who wanted to be a BMC trainers themselves. At the end of the first night, everyone is excited for upcoming BMC hosted by IITM here in Iligan.
The feeding and giving of used clothing was held at Langilanon, Brgy. Pugaan, Iligan City – the jump of area towards Mt. Agad-agad (the highest peak in the City). MT. Agad-agad has been once a deforested mountain but with the help of local Mountaineering group, a decade ago, they started planting trees in hoping that someday, the dry mountain will turn into a rainforest or at least a healthy forest. Now, we are proud that this mountain is starting to get cold and get foggy at times, which wasn’t its best characteristic remembering its previous state.
A week before the event, I have invited a good friend from Germany who is into outdoor activities. Never did she imagine it would turn out to be a fun and memorable moment. Thanks to funny and never ending laughs and stories by some crazy colleagues, which at times, even I don’t understand a word, no one can help but laugh and giggle. Happiness is definitely contagious and up to this day, few have moved it to Facebook. They couldn’t get enough of the fun times we have all shared.
I was actually excited for the river trek but sad to say, I hadn’t push through because we opted for a detour slash sidetrip slash food trip slash free style-ing lesson. ROLF. But, anyhow, the socials, the booze, the place and the people all came up to make the event a BLAST! Now, we are looking forward for more activities like this with almost free registration and unlimited karaoke.
In behalf IIT Mountaineers, we would like to give thanks to the group, the working committee, the President & officers, the MSU – IIT, members, most especially to the sponsors and to the rest of the participants. MAG-INGAAAAY!
The event wouldn’t be successful without you.