NOTE: the ‘Climbspeak’ picture showing a campfire does not depict standard mountaineering practice.
4-wheel drive – climbing with your hands and feet, as in G2’s Peak of Deception
6-wheel drive – crawling on your knees, as in the Napulauan mossy forest where you have to go under the trees
7-11 – stores at the Mt. Maculot campsite.
adidulas – shoes with no traction, shoes not fit for climbing.
akiki – synonymous with steep trail
altitude gain – the difference in elevation between jump-off point and destination
ambangeg – synonymous with easy trail
assault – the steep final leg of the trek leading to the summit – usually connotes difficulty
break camp -to disassemble tents, clean campsite, and prepare to leave camp
backtrack – going back and looking for trail signs when a party is lost or in doubt with path
basagan ng tuhod – steep and lengthy climbs (particularly descents) that take their toll on the knees
basecamp – place where mountaineers set up camp and leave things for assaults/explorations
beachineering – simply means hitting the beach but often used in the context of a group of mountaineers going on a beachtrip instead of climbing
bladder – water reservoir or hydration packs
bloated – an IT that gives a generous time allowance to reach a target, usually to accommodate slower climbers
BMC – basic mountaineering course
bundok – mountain
campingers – undisciplined people who climb mountains without following rules
cardiac trail – a steep trail, usually at the onset of climbing
cathole – what you dig with a trowel when you have to go in a major way (see major)
caving – spelunking
chorva – major product, must be buried in a cathole
Chowking – meeting place for Cordillera/Tanay area climbs; 24/7 restos off Session Road/EDSA Crossing to buy packed lunch and have early breakfast
coño (read as konyo) – 1. someone English-speaking 2. someone whose juxtaposition of English and Tagalog terms becomes a source of laughter and joy among the group.
summit – refers to the highest point of a mountain. more specific than ‘peak’ which can mean any high point though two terms are used interchangeably
sweeper – group or individual at the rear end of a climbing party
system – refers to climb (as in rock climb) equipment such as ropes, harnesses, etc.
tagay – socials, with alcohol
take 5 – a five-minute climbing break; also take ‘x’ where x is the number of minutes
Take nothing but pictures – opening lines of the mountaineer’s creed that often finds its way in mountaineers’ Multiply sites and personal webpages
teka-teka – any thorny plant that snags your expensive trek clothes or digs into your skin
thermapoor – any of the inexpensive alternatives to thermarest
thermarest – an overpriced portable self-inflating foam pad for sleeping in
thermal wear – high-tech clothing for warmth
TL – team leader
TNF – The North Face
topload – riding on a jeep’s roof
trailhead – jumpoff
trail water/food- easily accessible bottle of water or snacks for refreshment along the trail.
trail sign – rocks, strings, foliage, branches, or hack signs on tree trunks that mark the designated route
training climb – climbs that are taken seriously; sometimes pertains to climbs required for applicants prior
traverse – ideally refers to a climb following a horizontal trail across a mountain passing by its peak; but is used loosely to mean any climb using different trails up and down a mountain
unload – to offer food/drinks to fellow climbers on the trail in the hope of hauling a lighter load. May also be used as a synonym of major.
Vibram – durable material used in Merrell and other shoes
virgin – someone new to a particular mountain
washup area – house/hotel/river/ditch for changing clothes in at the end of the trail
wasted/wasak – dead tired
Ziplock – very handy sealable plastic bags for waterproofing valuables
On front photo: UP Med Outdoor Society members; picture courtesy of Julian Cañero. Many thanks to Sir Cecil Morella of AMCI and all those who contributed. We’re now up to 120 words!
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