Monday, January 15, 2018

Best Places to Hike in Jackson Hole


When it comes to enjoying the best hikes ever, Jackson Hole boasts of some great options. Most of them contain some of the most dramatic scenery and solitude. Many of those trails can be connected with other and run in a loop, which is great for backpacking. Climb high to the mountain panoramas of canyons and peaks and find yourself surrounded by jagged, towering peaks. There are hikes for the beginners as well as some of the most spectacular hikes for those looking for some challenge. The gorgeous parks dazzle the hikers with jaw-dropping scenery as they access high-elevation trails in the complete wilderness.

Once at Jackson Hole, you will find that it is not just about skiing, but the region boasts of some of the best hiking trails in the country. Browse for epic multi-day treks or the family-friendly lakeside loops. There is something here for everyone. However, as a word of caution, just watch out for grizzlies, moose, black bears and keep a safe distance from them. Just look for some suitable cabins in Jackson Hole, get your hiking gear ready and you are all set to go.

Here are some of the most sought-after hiking trails in Jackson Hole.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Mountain Province: 6 Walking Destinations to Visit in Sagada


The small town of Sagada in the highlands of Mountain Province provides an idyllic escape from the complexities of modern living. A 12-hour butt-numbing bus ride from Manila, passing through narrow highways bordered by mountains and cliffs, will get you to this picturesque Shangri-la, with its alpine landscape inhabited by mountain people who find joy and contentment in simple living. Offering more than just a pocketful of outdoor attractions, Sagada boasts of vast rice terraces, ice-cold waterfalls, cave networks, verdant rolling hills and mountains often shrouded by sea of clouds and, of course, the famous Echo Valley Hanging Coffins.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: YSLA Beach Camp and Eco Resort in Camiguin


More than just sight-seeing and picture-taking, it is the self-enriching experience of each particular destination which make traveling a worthwhile passion. Immersing in local culture and traditions, learning a new language (from a Chinese tutor you met on the road, for example), trying out exotic dishes and staying in unique accommodations all contribute to memorable moments only traveling can give. One unforgettable and exciting travel experience my family recently had was staying for two (2) nights at YSLA Beach Camp Camp and Eco Resort in the beautiful island province of Camiguin.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mt. Kalatungan Trail Run: Tougher Than Tough


Traversing through multiple challenging summits, one of which stood at 2,907.8 meters ASL while another at 2,819.78 meters ASL, within a day is an extremely tough challenge. While climbers usually allot 2-3 days to hike this arduous trail, we were given only 14 hours to finish the route plus the extra kilometers in going back to town proper. Such was the challenge presented by the recently-held Mt. Kalatungan “Tougher Than Tough” Trail Run in the Municipality of Pangantucan, Province of Bukidnon.

Considered as the 5th highest peak in the county, Mt. Kalatungan proudly stood at 2,907.8 meters above sea level. Together with Mt. Wiji (2,819.78 meters ASL), these twin peaks form part of the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park which has an estimated total area of 55,692 hectares bordering Valencia City and the municipalities of Pangantucan, Talakag and Maramag. A long-time favorite of hardcore mountaineers, Mt. Kalatungan is known for its enchanting mossy forests, breathtaking ridges and majestic waterfalls. It plays an important host to a diverse flora and fauna and is also considered as home of the Philippine Eagle

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fiery Sunset in Maasim, Sarangani


It was a long day of travel which took us from Bukidnon to Lake Sebu in South Cotabato and finally to Maasim, Sarangani where we will spend the night. We arrived at Pacman Beach Resort Complex late in the afternoon, just as the sun is about to set in the horizon of Sarangani Bay. Sensing the opportunity to shoot the sunset, I hurriedly walk towards the beach to catch the nature's amazing display of shades and colors.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#FeelCamiguin: 9 Things to Do in the Island Born of Fire


The island province of Camiguin may be the second smallest province in the country in terms of land area and population, yet it offers plenty of amazing attractions which cater to the varied preferences of tourists and travelers. It boasts of white sand beaches, waterfalls, dive sites, mountains, forests, volcanoes, heritage structures, hot and cold springs and the country's sweetest variety of lanzones.

My family recently went for a 3-day vacation in Camiguin. Scroll below to check our amazing experience in the Island Born of Fire....

Monday, November 6, 2017

Malaybalay City: Finding Peace and Tranquility at the Monastery of the Transfiguration


The Monastery of the Transfiguration is situated in Barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is famous for its pyramid-shaped church designed by the late National Artist Leandro Locsin. Also known as the Monastery of the Benedictine Monks, it is often visited not only by devoted church-goers but also by those who want to experience its tranquil and peaceful setting.

My wife and I recently went for a long run from our home to the monastery. Here are some of the thigs to expect once you visit the Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Samal 50: Trail Run from Beach to Mountains and Back

Samal 50 Half/Ultra Trail Marathon was recently held last October 14-15, 2017 in PeƱaplata, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte. It was organized by Base Camp and Bagani Active Gear.  I believe this is already the second edition of the race, with its inaugural event last year named IGACOS50. The event featured two categories: 22K and 50K.

I, together with my wife Malou and our couple friends James and Blessie opted to join the 22K distance as we deemed the 50K category too hardcore for our trail running capabilities.

Here's a narrative of our Samal 50 trail run experience...

Race Venue:

The race started and finished at Casa Estrella Beach Camp. As it offers only tent accommodations, we opted to stay in the nearby Fernandez Beach and Garden Resort the night before the race.


Unlike most races I have joined, Samal50 does not have singlet and finisher's shirt as race inclusions. Instead, participants were given Bagani Hydration Vest. As I support local outdoor gear products, I am sure that this vest will be useful in my future trail and ultra races. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mountain Province: Wandering Around the Town of Bontoc


The Municipality of  Bontoc is straddled in the highlands of Cordillera Region and is the capital of Mountain Province. A second class municipality, it is home to the Bontoc Tribe and the Ifuntok language. Every year, the province celebrates its Lang-ay Festival to showcase the rich cultural heritage of its indigenous people.

In terms of attracting tourists, Bontoc stood in the shadows of its more popular neighbors: Sagada (18 kilometers away) and Banaue, Ifugao (about 40++ kilometers away). However, more than just a crossroad to these destinations, Bontoc possesses its own share of natural and man-made attractions. Its the excitement of setting foot on less popular places which lured me to visit Bontoc on a weekend.

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