Trekking is one of the best adventures one can experience his or her lifetime, yet it is sometimes tiring since it is an activity that entails a combination of hiking and walking through mountainous areas and terrains. Since trekking is becoming popular nowadays, Mt. Lumot in Misamis Oriental is gaining popularity among adventurous trekkers and tourists as well.
Mt. Lumot is a mountain famed for its mossy appearance and got its name from the Filipino term “lumot” which means “moss” in English. The mountain is also called “Mountain of Souls” after the crashed history pinned in the area of the Cebu Pacific Flight 387 in 1996, one of the deadliest catastrophe in the country. This breath-taking and feet cracking heights of the Mt. Lumot can be found in Balatucan Range, Gingoog, Misamis Oriental.
When people visit the shrine on the mountain of the woeful plane crash many years ago, the preserved remnants of the clothes and accessories of the victims will make you feel as if it just happened. A shrine has been erected in memory of Flight 387 and was situated this shrine is located at the major jump-off or the start of the trekking. Yearly, a group of people conduct a tribute climb and is organized for the departed souls of the victims of the plane crash.
Now, if you are going to visit the place for a trekking adventure, we have few reminders and tips for you to enjoy your trip while avoiding minor accidents and it goes with a good title for you to identify:
- The Early Bird (Start your trekking adventure early)
As what they say, the earlier the better. If you are planning to have an adventure, plan it a little bit earlier. Get an earlier flight to your destination and start your trekking early in the morning when the weather is still friendly enough for the activity you are planning to do and more importantly so that you can avoid having sunburns. Even though you are getting inside a mountain (or perhaps a forest) but remember, there are parts of the area where trees are invisible.
- The Cindy-Chose (Choose and wear the right footwear for your trekking activity)
Since trekking is a combination of hiking and walking, you need to choose an appropriate footwear with a good quality. Aside from wearing appropriate shoes for hiking, you also need to wear something to protect your ankles so that you can avoid having ankle cuffs. When you purchase your boots, shoes, or any protective gear, you also need to remember that it fits your size so that it will not make you uncomfortable and irritable.
- Sacky-Socks (Bring your socks)
If you already got the appropriate shoes, you also need to get the best type of socks to wear in your journey to the mountain. Your perfect boots plus your wrong shocks can perhaps make up to your tiresome undertaking. Better yet, look for socks with sweat wicking characteristics or are also waterproof.
- Power Leg (Build leg strength by working out)
When you do trekking, a leg strong enough for a physical is one of the most important things to have to be able to survive the whole duration of the journey. You can add strength to your leg by working out in the gym, jogging or just working out at home like leg pressing and squats.
- Walk like a soldier, not a princess (Develop a suitable walking technique)
Another thing to have to make your trekking adventure memorable and less strenuous is to have a walking technique that will help to have the stamina for traveling long distances and natural obstacles that you may encounter. You can start your practice by walking on an uphill land formation so that your body will get to familiarize what it will be encountering in Mt. Lumot. You can plan activities like walking on elevated places with all the outfit and heavy backpack to prepare yourself for the big day.
- Dora Backy (Bring what are only necessary for your trip)
When going around for a trip, bring what is only necessary such as food, water, personal hygiene, cold and warm wears, clothes, medicines, flashlight, and map among others. It is much better if you do a check list in order to remember all the things before and after. Another thing, look for backpack models with adjustable chest and waist straps so that you can position or adjust it right to your body, and with external compression straps so that the load doesn’t shift.
- Grandpas Stick (Using walking poles in trekking)
Throughout your trekking activity, it is inevitable to feel exhaustion, muscle cramps, backache along the way. That is why walking poles are also one of the most important things to bring with you. Bringing a pole will help you move with ease on your knees, thighs, and back on steep climbs. A pole can also be used to help clear grasses and small plants along your way. You can try one or two poles whichever suits you.
- Water and food are Life (Drink water and eat food frequently while walking)
Whether you are located in an area with a warm climate or not, you must regularly drink water. More so while you are in a trekking activity. From time to time, it is important for you to have a refreshing drink of water to avoid dehydration. Losses on breath and sweating will reduce your blood volume that results to your heart pumping harder. That is why every time you feel thirsty drink even a small quantity of liquid.
In order to hydrate your body, you also have to eat the right amount of food along the way since it will provide the increasing energy requirements of your body while moving from one point to another point on the mountain. Eat small amounts of food whenever you feel like eating or you are hungry to maintain your energy. It is recommended to bring fruits for an easy pick since it doesn’t need many preparations and can give you the energy you needed, or simply, to have something to keep yourself occupied while walking.
Higalas, these 8 tips can help you enjoy your trekking adventure without the hassle bustle of unexpected things that may happen in your trip. Adventures are everywhere, it’s a matter of making the best out of it and being able to go home uninjured, alive and kicking.