MANILA, Philippines – Looking for a new experience this summer? Why don’t you try hiking through your first mountain?
You’ve probably had a mild case of FOMO* over beautiful photos of your friends’ arms held high, facing a sky full of clouds. Hiking has surged in popularity recently and it’s an activity worth adding to your summer agenda because it’s as fulfilling as it is fun.
Hiking can be physically challenging for beginners, but depending on which peak you scale, you’ll be rewarded by the cool breeze and beautiful panoramic views that only the Philippines’ highest summits can offer. Trails in the Philippines come with beautiful side trips such as hidden rivers and waterfalls as well.
If you’re looking forward to your first climbing experience,** here’s a guide to help you go through it without a hitch.
What to wear
Proper gear will help you stay comfortable and flexible, help you avoid injury, and protect you from the hot sun, cool air, or surprise rain showers.
- Waterproof trekking or jogging pants
- Dri-fit shirt or rash guard
- Hiking shoes or thick-soled sandals (Break them in beforehand to avoid sore feet)
- Head gear like a cap or scarf