Monday, September 10, 2012

REUNION CLIMB ’12: The handwriting on the wall

The LOGSAC reunion climb was a success as concluded last September 9, 2012. It was participated by 26 members (19 veterans and 7 first-timers). It was very delighting to see our newbies blending well with the pioneers, a patent of unity as always shown by LOGSAC all through the years. 

And as we get back to our respective real worlds, the handwriting was already very visible on the wall despite the euphoria not ebbing yet. The climb drew several reactions from the participants especially to the neophytes as they endured a very strenuous struggle of evening rain showers and extremely cold temperature. For the veteran mountaineers of LOGSAC, however, the climb was intensely pleasant, as it was a sort of get-together for some club pioneers. Here are some of the reactions as reflected in our imaginary wall moments after that blockbuster expedition:

“Climbs like this one are more fun. I enjoyed the company of this team plus the rain that wetted us made it even exciting,” Hardy Joy Desuyo.

 “I thought I could not survive. Even in going to Tinikaran Campsite 1 my feet almost gave up. Good thing I survived. It was really amazing and full of excitements,” Matet Salise.

“Okay naman yung climb except sa bad weather. Salamat at magkasama ulit yung LOGSAC group. Hopefully may part 2 pero ibang bundok naman,” Danrev Broñola.

“I enjoyed the climb very much. The experience is priceless. It was very tiring but I really enjoyed it,” Jerry Pastor.

“Bahala’g kapoy basta lingaw,” Irvin Joy Alcoriza. 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be up there in Mt. Apo. I felt very tired. Climbing this mountain needs a lot of energy and strength. The route is very challenging; the boulders, the 87 degrees and the summit. Thanks for everything,” Rhonalie Capacio.

The pioneers
“Bisan hinubog ra tong atong sabot nga mag reunion climb apan natuman gyud. Bisag sa kalisod nga maka apil sa reunion tungod sa conflict sa trabaho ug gisagubang nga injury apan nahimo gihapon ang pagsaka ug pag survive sa maka usa pa nga higayon. It’s nice to see old buddies climbing together. To the newcomers, welcome to LOGSAC family. I would like to thank the people who supported us spiritually, emotionally, morally and financially. More power and God bless to all LOGSAC,” John Jay Cuizon.

“During that climb I appreciate more the company of LOGSAC. The respect and care for each other was manifested in that climb,” Trecelyn Cabaluna.

“Bisan ug lain ang panahon nahimong successful gihapon ang climb tungod sa effort sa tanang miyembro sa LOGSAC,” Noel Bartolome.

“Grabe ka lingaw jud, it was all worth it….lingaw ra jud ang akong gipangita adto nga climb, nalingaw ang tanan tungod sa kusog nga ulan,” Jonas Florencodia.

“For us first-timers dili lalim ang maagi-an padulong sa Mt. Apo pero didto nimo makita sa palibot ang kaanyag ug kanindot sa lugar nga angay ipasigarbo. Didto nimo ma feel na parang abot-kamay na nimo ang langit ug makawala sa stress. LOGSAC group is very concern, caring and supportive especially during sa time nga maglisod na ang uban. I don’t know if I can still go back to Mt. Apo, maybe it will still take a lot of years. Thank you so much to all, I am proud to be part of this mountaineering group because I’ve learned a lot in the aspects of camaraderie, self-confidence, self-discipline and in loving nature,” Catherine Bulatiti.

“Very much successful bahalag ulan. More power to us,” Henry Gapula.

“Lingaw ang climb and breathtaking,” Kirvy Palanca.

Others may have been speechless about the experience but I am pretty sure they also share the same sentiments. As usual, there are persons who extended help to make the event more colorful. Special mention to our sponsors: The Municipality of Sta. Cruz through Mayor Joel Ray Lopez, TDEVS Services, Inc., Tinikaran Outdoor Shop through Councilor Oliver Enot, White Peak Outdoor Equipment, Ma’am Luzviminda Zapanta, Ms. Erna Vinkers of Let Us Care Foundation, City Government of Digos through its Tourism Officer Sir Bebot Elera, Municipal Councilor Manolito Lagrada, Jr., Municipal Councilor Fernando Ugdoracion and Liga ng mga Barangay President Mila M. Lim.