My wife’s first clean-up drive and my son’s first climb.

I forgot to cite in my earlier article “Mountain and Kids” that the three years old Juls Marley Rabanillo participated on a clean-up drive on our descent from the summit of Mt. Sto. Tomas. My second climb with Marley was at Mt. Tagapo in Binangonan, Rizal. It was the second mountain for my wife Rowena, and the first for my oldest son Aaron. When two of my three sons saw the pictures of my first climb with Marley, they insisted to join the next. But my second son, though older than Marley at age five, needs preparatory training so I decided to familiarize first his 11 yrs old brother. (Joke of numbers 🙂 )

My son’s first climb almost became a disaster when I forgot my camera’s memory. Good thing the EDSA-Crossing terminal has some cellular phone stores nearby. From that starting point, we took the jeepney for the port of Binangonan. Next was an hour and a half ferry to Brgy. Janosa.

Although our team leader Nico Waya Rabanillo once climbed Mt. Tagapo before, we arranged for a guide because we have three children in our group and trail to base camp has some forks.

Frankly, I almost got into tears when I took this shot, so happy.

She asked for this, of course for Facebook. (Though next time I will check the clothes she will pack, camouflage not advisable! 🙂 )

Can’t wait to complete this with my other two sons.

If not for the fish pens, this view would be like ‘Batanes-que’. (click the picture to enlarge)

A paradise Php 71.00 away from Manila. (click the picture to enlarge)

Aside from imparting her the LNT principles, my wife heeded when I told her our group have to do clean-up. Her smile describes her willingness.

I really love this kid Marley, we were leaving Mt. Tagapo but look at him (in the middle) still looking on his beloved mountain.

(Click the picture below for itinerary & information of Mt. Tagapo, from the Philippines’ hiking and mountain climbing guide site PinoyMountaineer.com.)

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12 comments on “My wife’s first clean-up drive and my son’s first climb.

    • oo nga po sir Christian, medyo bulky pa po mga gamit ko kasi hindi ko pa po nakukumpleto mountaineering gears ko, all perished when typhoon “Ondoy” flooded Manila.

      sir ingat po pala, recent news warns some photographers to take care kasi may ilang isolated case (I hope) na inaagawan ng cam, food for the soul pa naman mga pictures mo

  1. Ganyan talaga pag ama, di bale ng mabigat ang dala maging magaan lang sa mga anak ang climb. If you have seen how I carried my son when we took a peek at Mayon’s perfect cone, I also did the same. Anyway, this is about you. I’m just happy that at an early age, pinapamulat mo na sa kanila ang mountain climbing. It’s a very good way of letting them understand what’s left there to be saved and inspire them to do their simple ways of preserving and conserving the beauty of nature.

    Kudos to you on that, Bro!

    Regards to you and your mountaineering club – your family.

    More mountains to conquer … I know our paths will meet soon.

  2. amused reading this bro joni…btw im a woman age 63 yrs old..we had a reunion last 2009 and hiked Mt Pulag and to “brag” abt it (trek) i was d 1st to reach the summit among my batchmates (age 50 -53)..i cant believe ..but i did it! and last good friday i hiked Mt Cabuyao ,sowi but “kulang ung layo” jeeee…but ok lng at least “nakapagpenitensya” …thank you and God bless you and your family..more power!

  3. Pingback: An unexpected tree planting on my friend’s return climb (an unexpected twin hike too) | Cheap Camera, Priceless Memories.

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