Basic Mountaineering CourseWhy is it important? To be well-prepared To have a safe trek To have a pleasurable experience
How do I prepare for a climb?Physical fitnessPlanning Pre-Climb Meet Understanding the objectives of the climb Understanding the nature of the climb Planning the route Discussing the Itinerary of the climb Preparing your gears Assigning Tasks (climb organization) Setting the budget Planning the meal
Physical Fitness?• Remember: Regardless if one is an expert or a beginner mountaineer, one has to condition the body. How do you do that? walk jog take the stairs do some stretching
Pre-Climb Meeting• Objectives of the climb: • Explore the beauty of Manalmon • Take a day trip to Manalmon for some; others will stay overnight. • Reach the summit of Manalmon. • Experience the other possible recreational activities in Manalmon, such as Zip Line, Monkey Bridge, Spelunking, Bouldering and Bouldering. (If available, rappelling can also be included.)
Nature of the Climb There are 6 categories: 1. Training Climbs - part of a participant’s training program, usually to prepare for a major ascent.What do you think is the 2. Minor climbs or Fun climbs - light and relaxing climbs that are done for recreation. of our nature Feb 4? 3. Clean-up climbs - preserving and maintaining a nc limb o mountain that has been abused or neglected; tree planting and maintaining the trails are examples. 4. Major climbs - ascents that have a high degree of difﬁculty compared to training climbs. 5. Guideship climbs - provide groups with guided treks. done for a fee and can be considered as eithe a major or minor climb. 6. Exploratory climbs - trailblazing climbs. create routes or trails in mountains that have not been climbed yet.
Planning the Route• A guide will join us.• Php600 for 10 persons.
Group FormationSome of the conventions on group formation during atrek are the following:The lead man (Trail Master) is always in front and isresponsible for pacing the group, while the tail man(Sweeper) is responsible for bringing up the rear.Line formation on narrow trails should be single file.Overtaking should be avoided. Ask permission if youwant to advance.The ideal distance between two climbers isapproximately two (2) meters. This gap will giveclimbers some space in which to negotiate the trailand proceed along the group’s pace.
Trail Signals1.The signal for stopping is one long whistle blasts - and to commence trekking, two short whistle blasts.2.The lead and tail men are the only persons who can give orders to stop or proceed.3.The international mountaineering distress signal is six (6) blasts to a minute. To signal aid is on the way, give (3) blasts to a minute. 1. Always watc h your step. 2. Stay alert.
Pacing1. Always start with a slow pace to slowly warm up your muscles. Then gradually change your pace to the desired pace of the group.2. The pace of the group should be that of the slowest member or the person who has the heaviest load.3. Do not allow anyone to lag behind.4. Should there be a need to stop, inform the lead or tail man so that he or she can give the appropriate order to stop.5. Maintain a steady rhythm while trekking. When negotiating steep slopes, keep the rhythm (pace) by shortening your strides. On level ground, maintain the rhythm by taking longer strides.
REMINDERS:• Waterproof your things.• Always listen to the instructions.• Stay with the group always.• Notify the Team Leader, Group Lead or the Sweeper if you need rest.• Leave no trace.
Itinerary (IT) DAY 1 (Day Trip)4:30 AM - Assembly (Makati Area - Insular)5:00 AM - ETD from Makati to San Miguel, Bulacan Team L ea accomp d will an7:30 AM - ETA Sitio Madlum, San Miguel, Bulacan (Jump-off , group w y theregister at DENR and hire a guide) ho will descend .8:00 AM - Breakfast at one of the cottages along the river.9:00 AM - Start Trek to Mt. Manalmon (check out for rivercrossings)10:00 AM - ETA at the summit of Mt. Manalmon. Picture taking& lounging.10:30 AM - Start preparing lunch (delegation of tasks)11:00 AM - Lunch time! (meal plan)12:30 PM - Start descend to Madlum01:00 PM - ETA at Sitio Madlum01:30 PM - Zip Line, Monkey Bridge crossing, swimming,bouldering... anything goes.04:00 PM - ETD to Makati06:00 PM - ETA at Insular, Makati
Itinerary (IT) - OVERNIGHTDAY 1:4:30 AM - Assembly (Makati Area - Insular)5:00 AM - ETD from Makati to San Miguel, Bulacan7:30 AM - ETA Sitio Madlum, San Miguel, Bulacan (Jump-off , register at DENR and hirea guide)8:00 AM - Breakfast at one of the cottages along the river.9:00 AM - Zip line Reminders: Day 1 Breakfast &9:30 AM - Trek to Madlum Cave Lunch - packed (bring your own)10:30 AM - ETA at Madlum Cave Spelunking Cooking Gears12: 00 PM - ETD from Madlum Cave. Cable Crossing. needed: 4 burners12:30 PM - ETA at Madlum River. Lunch time and socials 2 (sets) of cook set3:00 PM - Start ascent to Mt. Manalmon 8 cans of butane04:00 PM - Reach campsite and summit of Mt. Manalmon04:30 PM - Start setting camp05:00 PM - Prepare dinner06:30 PM - Dinner and socials11:00 PM - Lights out!
Itinerary (IT) - OVERNIGHTDAY 2:5:00 AM - Rise and Shine! Watch the sunrise Cookin g Gea6:00 AM - Prepare breakfast needed rs 4 burn : ers 2 sets7:00 AM - Breakfast! of 8 cans cook set of buta ne8:00 AM - Break camp8:30 AM - Start descend to Madlum river9:30 AM - ETA at Madlum River10:00 AM - Recreational activities: bouldering, swimming, picture taking, etc.12: 00 PM - ETD from Madlum Cave12:30 PM - ETA at Madlum River. Lunch time and socials3:00 PM - Start ascent to Mt. Manalmon04:00 PM - Reach campsite and summit of Mt. Manalmon04:30 PM - Start setting camp05:00 PM - Prepare dinner06:30 PM - Dinner and socials11:00 PM - Lights out!
Gear up! Day Trip1. Jacket / wind breaker2. Rain gear3. 2L trail water (including water for cooking. depends onyour consumption)4. Mess kit.5. Off lotion & Sunblock6. Trail food.7. First aid kit (optional)8. Trek shoes / sandals.9. Earth pads or matting of some sort.10. Personal medicine (for those who are undermedication)11. An extra set of clothing12. Extra money (for urgent needs) & other personalbelongings that you need most.13. ID14. Headlamps or ﬂashlights15. Bring a trash bag.16. Arm warmer (you can get this at the tiangge or for a
Gear up! OVERNIGHT1. Jacket / wind breaker2. Rain gear3. 3L trail water (including water for cooking)4. Mess kit5. Off lotion & Sunblock6. Trail food7. First aid kit (optional) & personal meds8. Trek shoes / sandals.9. Personal medicine (for those who are under medication)10. Three sets of clothing & swimwear (no denim)11. Extra money (for urgent needs) & other personal belongings that you need most.12. ID13. Headlamps or ﬂashlights (for spelunking)14. Extra money for urgent needs15. Earth pad/matting16. Bring a trash bag17. Arm warmers (you can get this at the tiangge or for a more comfy and sturdy kind, buy a pair at the Conquer
TASKS• Team Lead: Cherry Cular• Trail Master: Guide• Group Leads: TBD• Scribe: Cherry Cular• Medic: TBD• Sweeper: Aron Cornejo
Meal Plan (Day Trip)• Breakfast: packed• Lunch: • Rice - 1/4 kilo per person • Hotdogs - c/o Kat • Mixed veggies & butter - c/o Aron • Liempo (cooked) - c/o Helen • Grilled bangus and kangkong - Cherry • (Dessert)
Budget IMPORTANT!For both groups, just allot 1,000 pesosfor the trip. The budget has not beenﬁnalized yet as we still need to conﬁrmthe number of people who are 100%going.Hopefully, we could have this byWednesday or Thursday.