“A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him and leaving something of himself upon it.” — Martin Conway.
I am 5 feet tall and weighs about 105lbs. Everything about me is average. Looks, career, social life[oops, forgot mine is way below average. I would say fair…Fairly there]. Anyways, I was given this magnificent opportunity to get into something extraordinary. Note, to an average person EXTRAORDINARY stands vis-a-vis to GREATNESS! So fast forward six days ago, I all 5 feet and 105lbs. of me, scaled
the second highest mountain of the country. Never in my cluttered brain and it’s fondness for monologues could squeezed in the thought or make room to conquer Mt. Dulang-dulang (D2 for brevity). But since I have conquered alright, permit me to share something of the wisdom all climbers–novice and experts alike stumbled on their way to the summit for which I was fortunate to uncover too. The first on my list is that, the Mountain is a GREAT classroom for HUMILITY. Yep, when you are at the mercy of the elements—torrential rain or freezing temperature, you’ll learn to accept and bear it. Hell, you can complain about it too but that’s just a waste of energy. You can’t control it. ONLY your ATTITUDE. ACCEPT, BEAR and BE STILL. The rain..the cold..the darn heat–these too shall pass.
Second, the Mountain TEACHES us to DEVELOP the EYES of a CHILD. Children are naturally appreciative creatures. If you show them something new–especially so if it’s colorful and bright, their eyes would register both wonder and delight. Then it would spread to their faces finally ending with the unmistakable gurgle..the sound of laughter! Like a child—BE PREPARED to be in AWE! If it takes dropping your jaw and leaving your mouth open for a few seconds until you feel the tingle of wonder spread from your face down to your body and back again, so be it. Rest assured there’ll be a lot of jaw dropping moments!
Third, the Mountain SEIZES you to LIVE at the PRESENT. When you are walking over a very slippery moss filled trunk or puddled filled hallow steps, you can only think of where to place your next step so as not to slip and fall. You concentrate on the MOMENT–NOW, not what happened an hour ago–which belongs to the PAST and most certainly what has not happened yet–which belongs to the FUTURE. LIVE TODAY…pay attention NOW.
Fourth, the Mountain FORGES FRIENDSHIPS. It is a sacred place where you learn to call a friend a BROTHER, a friend a SISTER. The complete trust and dependency are gifts freely shared and received. The bestest FACT in this fourth seed of wisdom is that you can be YOU—all farting producing machine but still accepted by no less a bunch of people whom you now treat as a FAMILY!
Fifth, the Mountain COMMANDS RESPECT. You take tabs on your surroundings. How your camp looks before you inhabited it so it should be after leaving and proceeding on your trail whether up or down. It is impertinent to remember and I quote, “It is not how many mountains you climbed but how many you have preserved”–Gideon Lasco.
Sixth, the Mountain DIRECTS you to the ONE WHO CREATED IT. To me standing at the peak of D2 affirms the FACT that mountains like everything else in nature is not a product of some cosmic chance. I am confident that Someone with Infinite Wisdom designed it for you and me. As immovable as D2 and the other neighboring mountains around it, so is the God who loves US. He stubbornly loves you and me. He envelopes you, me with His greatness; never intimidating, quietly directs and renews our faith, that like the mountains He will forever remain the same.
Note: Special thanks to the D’Hangz Mountaineers of MVC: Jorge, Junie, Nanin, Gason, Nathan, Jing2, Kidd, Berniel, Mitchy, Choy, Mona, Shizuke, Candace –you all have made mountaineering looked like a trip in the park! Thank you for taking us under your wings.
To my climbing Buddies: Billy, Jpia, Kennie, Venery, Yano, Vernon, Oyen, Marissa, Pacats, Koko, and Steve–thank you for the awesome ADVENTURE! You guys ROCK ,”)