Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Registry of hiking-related deaths and disappearances in the Philippines

Starting 2009 and retrospectively, PinoyMountaineer.com will keep track of mountaineering-related deaths as a means of commemorating the lives of our fellow mountaineers and guiding future climbers, drawing from the lessons and circumstances of these accidents.

NOTE: This registry only includes deaths and disappearances in the mountains in circumstances that are hiking related. Suicides and vehicular accidents on the way to and from the mountain etc (including 4x4 rides in Mt. Pinatubo) are not included in this list. Likewise, drowning accidents in seawater are not included.

This page is dedicated to these mountaineers.

HIKING-RELATED DEATHS


1. Mt. Mayon (c. early 1970s) - Pioneer hiker Roly Fabro was killed in an accident while climbing the volcano. This can be considered the first recorded mountaineering death in the Philippines. Details are not known to us at the moment.

2. Mt. Guiting-Guiting (May 17 or 18, 1985) - Rene Reyes, 22; Abel Beltran, 31; Kit Rivera, 25; and Lorna Partosa, 20 of the UP Mountaineers were found dead beneath a gorge from the ridges between Mayo's Peak and Peak of Deception. They had reached the summit two days prior to the fateful day. Contributory factors include the heavy rains and bad weather brought about by Typhoon Gay.

3. Mt. Kanlaon (December 1985) - Local mountaineer Jojo de Oca died in Margaja Valley. Details are not known to us at the moment.

4. Mt. Halcon (October 25, 1994) - At the height of Typhoon Katring, hypothermia claimed the life of Neptali Lazaro, 25, of San Beda. The exposed and hazardous conditions in Halcon was aggravated by the wind chill brought about by the supertyphoon. Other members of the climb were survivors of hypothermia.

5. Mt. Kanlaon (August 10, 1996) - Without warning, Mt. Kanlaon erupted, killing Noel Trajeco and Neil Perez of Negros Mountaineering Club, Inc. (NMCI) and British medical student Julian Green, 21. They were fatally injured by head wounds from rocks that spewed from the crater. There were 17 other foreigners and several Filipinos who survived the eruption. According to my Kanlaon guide Rey Estelloso, all of them scurried down the mountain amid the 20-minute eruption "I stopped climbing for an entire year. I was in a state of shock," he said.

6. Mt. Romelo (November 5, 2002) - It was a Sunday and there were over 200 campers in Buruwisan Falls but then came Typhoon Seniang, trapping the campers and drowning Harold Reyes of Las Piñas, Edward Lee of Singalong; and Ferdie Eusebio, Ryan Versola, and Rolando Jacob of Pateros, and Jose dela Cruz of Bulacan in Romelo River, in all claiming six lives in what can be called the worst mountaineering accident in Philippine history.

7. Mt. Halcon (October 30 or 31, 2004) - Prana Escalante, 21, of the UST Mountaineers, did a solo climb in an attempt to follow his groupmates in Mt. Halcon. She was reported as missing and her body was found a week later by native Mangyans.

8. Mt. Makiling (February 5, 2005) - Dr. Rimando Pimentel, 49, a dentist belonging to the Philippine Heart Center Mountaineering Club (PHCMC) fell into a 15-meter ravine headfirst, while crossing the Sto. Tomas trail. Prior to his demise, the four-man group had lost track of the trail. Other members of the team claimed that they heard children's voices, which they followed, waylaying them and ultimately leading to Pimentel's demise. They had intended the Makiling climb to be a training for G2.

9. Mt. Pinatubo (June 3, 2006) - Mountaineer York delos Santos, belonging to one of the batches of the Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, drowned in the Delta 5 trail of the Mt. Pinatubo, following heavy rains and ensuing flashfloods. Eyewitnesses report that he died in the attempt to rescue two of the climb participants. His body was found downstream the next day, which would have been his 25th birthday, as he was born on June 4, 1981.

10. Mt. Apo (April 5, 2007) - Davao-based mountaineer Ian Caasi of MALMOC, 23, drowned in Lake Venado. There are many different versions of the circumstances surrounding this incident, but the death was probably secondary to hypothermia.

11. Anawangin Cove (June 23, 2008) - Jhoana Pimentel and Thaddeus Reantaso, belonging to the AMCI, together with guest climber Joseph Felarca were swept away while crossing a swollen river in Mt. Pundaquit at the height of Typhoon Frank. They were part of a team of 12 that made a recon at Anawangin Cove and were already on the way back when the mishap took place.Reported in PinoyMountaineer in Hiking matters #15.

12. Anawangin Cove (August 29, 2009) - On August 29, 2009, Tour leader Anna Capili, 30, and her 13-year-old niece Jessielou Capili were swept by strong river currents as they were heading back to Brgy. Pundaquit. Inclement weather predisposed the situation, and despite vigorous search and rescue efforts, the bodies were never found. Reported in PinoyMountaineer as Two mountaineers missing in Anawangin'

13. Wawa River, Rodriguez, Rizal (September 4, 2011) - Adrian Alba let go of a rope while trying to cross Wawa River in Rodriguez, Rizal as a guest of the Outdoor Addicts group. The predisposing factors are still under investigation. Reported in PinoyMountaineer as Mountaineer Adrian Alba, 24, dies in a river-crossing incident in Wawa river, Rodriguez, Rizal.

14. Mt. Batulao (February 29, 2012) - A first-time female hiker, Diana Fajardo, 27, fell from one of the steep slopes of the New Trail at around 11 AM, reportedly losing her balance while taking pictures. The fall was catastrophic and she did not survive the impact. Reported in PinoyMountaineer as First-time female hiker, 27, dies in Mt. Batulao in tragic fall


15. Mt. Maculot (March 31, 2013) - On Easter Sunday, Victor Joel Ayson, 26, did a morning dayhike of Mt. Maculot's Rockies and was spotted there by mountaineers. However, he did not claim his bag at the jumpoff and there was no sign of his whereabouts, until his body was found 13 days later beneath the Rockies, in the banks of Taal Lake, on what would have been his 27th birthday. Reported in PinoyMountaineer as Mountaineer Victor Joel Ayson still missing in Mt. Maculot.


HIKING-RELATED DISAPPEARANCES

1. Mt. Madjaas (c. 2003) - A hiker identified as Elyovic Gutierrez, from Cavite, disappeared, seemingly without a trace, in Mt. Madjaas, the highest mountain in Panay island, as he was descending from the said mountain. The search lasted for weeks and until now his fate remains unknown.

ANALYSIS
Of these fifteen deaths, at least five had typhoons or inclement weather as contributory or causative factor. We thus advise mountaineers to avoid climbing during bad weather. Add the incident in Apo of drowning and there could be at least five of these cases that were related to hypothermia (hence the need to understand this condition). Two other cases had trail confusion as a contributory factor. Still, there are unpredictable variables. Many of these mountaineers were experienced. Even at your most prepared moments - a volcano can erupt in front of you. And take note - the worst accident took place in a Difficulty 2/9 mountain. A mountaineer must never underestimate a mountain, have respect for the elements, and most importantly have faith in God.

REFERENCES
If there is dispute in the facts mentioned above, kindly email the blogger at info@pinoymountaineer.com. References for this registry includes newspaper clippings from Philippine Daily Inquirer, SunStar Davao, blog entries of fellow mountaineers, websites of mountaineering clubs, and personal correspondences of the blogger.

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

those deaths were very tragic, but we all must learn a lesson. dapat laging prepared at alamin ung weather bago umakyat... they did not die in vain.

brian said...

for our fellow mountainer w/c now in the arms of our creator...we love u guys..we all sallute to the dedication and love that you've shown to our mother nature..to the relatives of our late clim8 and there comountainers,and all child of wat we called mother nature..let stand together to have annual climb for the respect and gratitude to those angels..

tochs said...

In all these cases as I recollect, mountaineers acted with dispatch and mounted search and rescue operations.

tochs.blogspot.com

Documentation reference for the subscribed mfpi readers:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mfpi/message/2077 on the Siniloan flash flood Nov 2000

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mfpi/message/10900 on another death in Halcon 2004.

backpackingsheet said...

http://72.14.235.132/search?q=cache:EMhjGEat11gJ:upmountaineers.multiply.com/journal/item/10+%22lorna+partosa%22&hl=tl&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=ph

Guiting deaths

Anonymous said...

To all our fellow mountaineers who died for the spirit of camaraderie, exploration and adventure... I SALUTE YOU.. GOD BLESS THEIR SOULS...

Anonymous said...

much respect! godbless

Anonymous said...

pls make the necessary correction: the other fatality at anawangin cove (mt pundaquit) is JOSEPH FELARCA and not joseph pelarca. he was my classmate in college and not many of our classmates knew about his untimely demise. tnx

gideon said...

okay, thank you for pointing this out.

gideon said...

i have removed the comment of bps regarding this registry, lest it offend more readers. in fairness to her, im sure she meant no offense and given the theme of this article, i suggest we focus our discussion more on the "commemoration" aspect of this page.

one other mountain casualty involves a technician in mt. kitanglad who was electrocuted by the live wires that run parallel with the trail (d2k climbers will be familiar with this) a few years ago. also, a philippine eagle was reported to have died in the same manner (the philippine eagle attracted media attention but the technician's death wasn't reported in any newspaper).

maddog said...

buti naman naalis na ang comments ni bps naligaw lang siguro yon hehehe ty sir gid

tochs said...

"Tragedy can happen to anyone regardless of age, race nor skill . . ."

British climbers die in the Alps
The youngest Briton to have climbed Mount Everest has been killed, along with a second British climber, in an accident in the French Alps. Rob Gauntlett, of Petworth, Sussex, reached the summit of Mount Everest when he was just 19 in 2006 and was highly regarded in the climbing world.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7822567.stm

Jay Z said...

Hey Guys mukhang nagkakaisa nga ang lahat ah hehe i agree with sir edge igalang na lang po natin ang lahat ng mga kapatid natin sa pamumundok na sumakabilang buhay lets give them respect and prayers as well.. no matter how prepared w are there are things that happen beyond our control.. god bless guys.. peace to all.

Aya said...

Indeed there are things beyond our control. But there are also many things when climbing that are within our control. Manage the risks through having the right information, preparation and attitude. The rest is up to the Almighty.
Let us celebrate the lives of our fellow mountaineers who died in the pursuit of mountaineering. But let us learn the lessons of their deaths, otherwise these would have been for naught.

Anonymous said...

sir, if i may ask, what team of climbers were the ones who died in Mt. Romelo??? I just climbed it last January 9 and have plan of bringing some church children by April... i felt different after reading this...
anyway, I condole the families of those who lost their lives during the climb... God be with them

Anonymous said...

Dont kill the mountain let the Mountainkill you - ann girl from mt maculot

Anonymous said...

agree! mam ann girl pacopy ng motto mo ha, post ko sa FS ko. :P

-BPS

Anonymous said...

i could be nothing just a memory...please dont let this memory fade away...

mcm said...

Tragic and in a way, discouraging. But a lover of the outdoors and adventure often can't see this until they are in the midst of the problem...Let us learn from this past events and remember to pray before any climb and listen to HIS voice...If the climb is truly meant to be, then all things will come easy.

mcm said...

Pray for a sign before the climb and make sure to listen and obey! The best preparation is prayer and followed by all the things we learned in Mountaineering put in a bag!

Pia said...

mcm..prayer really is needed. In the 10 years of SPiMC, we have never met any grave problems. Minor injuries ut nothing big, thanks His guidance. WHen we miss to pray, we often get into difficult sitiations. Pray before leaving your home and before climbing a mountain. Ask for protection and guidance!
God bless the souls of those mountianeers who have reached their final dwelling place already.
-Pia

aja said...

wala po sa list ung namatay sa sembrano many years ago na (90's ata), na member ng montanara team, i dont know his name. But one of my climbing buddies knew coz he was there at ksama nia ung namatay.. i think nahulog ata dun sa malapit sa kabayo falls.

gideon said...

thank you very much aja for sharing this. i'd like to know more details about incident so we can add it.

Anonymous said...

how about the mount madja-as disappearance?

Anonymous said...

First and foremost, I'd like to state my opinion about this mountaineering "obit" portion, that it is basically:

1. For historical purposes; people die -one way or another, and if they're popular, they become part of our history;

2. To teach us an important lesson that mountaineering has its DANGERS as well as providing us with brief and passing moments of triumph at the summit . .

3. For us to take notice of the statistics as to which mountain takes more lives compared to others . . . for instance, many climbers are familiar of the deaths of 3 climbers when Mt. Canlaon blew up in 1996. But did you know that 3 others also died up there long before this incident?

4. And a way for us to contemplate on our own existence in this plane of reality . . . and to set for us a REMINDER that these people risked their lives to do something that provides meaning to those lives in the first place. . .

Please add one ROLY FABRO who also passed away during an accident while climbing Mt. Mayon in the early 70s. Apparently, Roly was the FIRST casualty (I believe) in the "golden age" of Philippine mountaineering (1969 - 1989).

In September of 1979, our attention (me and Fred Jamili) was caught by a report that a foreigner who made a SOLO attempt on Mt.Canlaon in July was MISSING. . . to make the long story short, his body was eventually retrieved . . . this tragedy was probably the FIRST in recorded history of Mt. Canlaon.
Then in December of 1985, the next casualty was JOJO DE OCA, a local climber, who expired at the Margaha Valley in Mt.Canlaon.
This was followed in the early-1990s when a member of a climbing club from Iloilo City met his tragic end at the western slope of Mt. Canlaon.
Then the tragedy that took the lives of 3 climbers: Julian Green (British); Noel Trajeco (Univ.of St.LaSalle); and NEIL PEREZ -newly inducted President of the Negros Mountaineering Club, Inc., on August 10, 1996, when the volcano just suddenly blew off without warning!

Edwin V. Gatia, M.Sc.
Author-Independent Researcher
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

Anonymous said...

Sir pwede ko ba malaman contact number nyo para maibahagi ko den sa inyo yung climb namin sa mt. pinatubo via delta 5 trail that took the lives of our 2 fellow mountaineers..this happened 3 years ago..

gideon said...

hi sir edwin, thank you for sharing these historical datails, i will certainly add them up in our list. thanks!

regarding mt. pinatubo, please email me at info@Pinoymountaineer.com...i will be very interested to hear about your story.

thanks!

Anonymous said...

a group from UP-UST went to ambon ambon falls, downriver of buntot palos, two where hit by falling rocks one died, not sure bout the other, local govt close the area but years on
have not done anything bout the erosion.
marami pa incidents di nksama d2, if we know those accidents we will better understand the risk situation in certain areas.

Anonymous said...

BPS

to some it up, that all goes to it. some people CHOOSES TO SUBJECTIVELY IGNORE facts. for these fellows, the fact is right in front of them >RISK, HARM, DANGER.

there is no doubt about filipinos being basically folkloric. that i am fully aware of. it's one nice excuse btw. ;))

pls. keep your beliefs. i respect that.

TIMO (THIS IS MY OPINION. PEACE :)
KIKOMAN

Anonymous said...

MOUNTAiN IS NOT WORTH DYING FOR....how can we share the experience to our love ones?aksidente lang talaga..walang may gustong mangyari. this coming all saints day pls include our fallen comrade.to our prayers...mag ingat tayong lahat.

Anonymous said...

"The risk of going to far is sometimes the only way to know how far we can really go"
- Messiahdz Outdoor , chill

gideon said...

in my correspondence with the people involved in mountaineering accidents, i have learned that many of the victims are actually experienced climbers. we can say a lot of things in retrospect, but i don't think we should label these accidents as coming out of ignorance. we will never know what acts of heroism and courage, as well as lapses ofjudgment took place during those events.

instead, we ought to learn from these accidents and individually and as a community try to avoid them from happening again.

as for daring to go further - we have our own opinions here. but no matter what your stand is on how far you are willing to risk your life for the sake of challenges and adventures, i appeal to everyone to respect each other's opinion. we cannot impose our beliefs and principles on matters like this, but certainly we can express them, and they are most welcome here in pinoymountaineer.com.

Anonymous said...

a meaningful life for me is taking constructive risk. whether succed or not...

Anonymous said...

I'd once joined a memorial climb for no.3. during that time when we were at the area of his accident our leader was discussing about his death. Suddenly a black butterfly was flying around. we were actually hearing of "sounds-like" children but the sound was just short. we knew the butterfly was him.

I guess in any situation before we enter to a mountain we have to consider many things. most importantly the group we are with. There are mountaineers or backpackers whose pacing is so fast as they are literally in "Amazing Race". Sa sobrang bilis nila di nila naalala yung ka-buddy nila...

zuTiL said...

"Well informed and property trained mountaineers also die... not because of IGNORANCE. Maybe ARROGANCE, but never IGNORANCE."


- i agree with this...

Sir Gid - more power sa site :)

Anonymous said...

let's pray that our fellow mountaineers are peaceful now... their achievement and experiences are a legacy that has been passed to the younger generation of mountaineers for further enlightenment and uplifting of our spirits as ONE...

Anonymous said...

There's this one lady climber who died in Mt. Talinis way back 1994-1995. I dunno if anyone's familiar with her story. But she was supposed to have been raped and then left for dead by her fellow hikers, where she died from hypothermia. Her body was found in the area of Lake Yagumyum by farmers who fished there. Matter of fact, when i visit the place way back 1996, locks of her hair was placed in a impromptu shrine where her body was found about 75mtrs from the peak, together with a small statue of the virgin mary and coupe of iron candle stands in place. Her name's Linda Lopez (if i can remember it clearly), her body was buried at the local cemetery ground of the the Valencia township, as nobody claimed responsibility to her death or to claim her body..

---hermits_mp---

Anonymous said...

Mt. Famy April 1, 2010

http://xxavierx.multiply.com/photos/album/119/TRAGIC_DAY_AT_MT.FAMY_APRIL_1_2010#

Anonymous said...

from Boyet_070@yahoo.com

Guys,

muntik narin kami ma disgrasya sa mt Apo traversed mt Talomo. target kasi namin 5 days pero naligaw kami at di maganda ang panahon kaya umabot kami ng 9 days. for the last 3 days naubusan na kami ng pagkain at may injured pa kami buti nalang on the last 8 days gumanda ang panahon at may nag rescue na rin sa amin. akala ko kasama na kami sa mamamatay sa bundok pero mabait ang dios at pinagpala kami na mabuhay pa. I considered this is my 2nd life.

Anonymous said...

" REMEMBER YOU'RE A MOUNTAINEER SURVIVAL IS YOUR GAME "

Anonymous said...

Madami na din akong naakyat na bundok. Pero kapag nakita namin na umulan na nang 30mins o 1 oras. Hindi na kami tumutuloy sa peak. Our reason jokingly but serious: "Hindi naman aalis ang bundok dyan eh. So pwede pa natin syang balikan."

Anonymous said...

Sana Sir Gid may topic tayo dito na pwede tayo mag share ng knowledge or experiences kung pano natin maiiwasan ang mga ganitong pangyayari. for example kung abutan tayo ng any calamities sa bundok tulad ng typhoon? what are the best things to do. or kung may forest fire or landslide at kung ano ano pa. this will help lots of mountaineers especially newbies like me. Thanx!

gidyonder said...

@hermits_mp: i will try to find out more about what happened to Linda Lopez, thanks for sharing this tragic incident in 1994-95.

gidyonder said...

@anonymous (23 march): will work on it in the future.

this page was updated today.

Anonymous said...

mga kapitbahay ko ung namatay sa Mt.romelo or (mt.famy) buti nlng at nasahiraman ang mga gamit ko nun time na un kung hindi malamang kasama ako sa namatay:(

Anonymous said...

Sir, si sir manny seriña died during the climb, MFPI yata, sa mt. apo. pero ewan ko kung maiconsider na mountaineering related death rin yung accident nya. Vehicular accident kasi eh.

Ace said...

Doc Gid

Death is like a thief in the night no one knows when it it will strike. I was surprised to know that you are also a Medical Doctor.. For quite sometime I stop practicing, I hate to see people die and depression pinned me down.. until such time that this verse from the Bible reveals itself to me. A promise from the almighty.

It says:

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going." John 14:1 - 4

Extra precaution when climbing and never estimate a mountain....


God Bless to all

Doc Joja

tagafilipos4_6 said...

right. forest fire. katulad na lang ngayon sa Mt. Batulao. dry ang mga cogon grass. di natin alam kung ano mangyayari kung magkaganoon. huwag naman sana.

Anonymous said...

i think there was this incident in Batulao 2 yrs ago were 2 mountaineers died because of burn wounds. it happened because the 2 cooked their meals inside their tents unfortunately sumabog ung butane na ginagamit nila... kaya sila nasunog...

Danison Rindon Trijo said...

Evry mountain is diffrnt form one another..kc sbihin mong npunthn muna...still wlng climb n prehas or same experience...kya nga nature...nagbabago ito. and much worse kung first time mo pa. wlang minor at major pg dting s mga mountain...ang slitang un ay binabase lmng ntin s lks ng bwat isa stin at s grupo. kya bgo sna tau explore...eh pki scout ang mga details, info ng pupuntahan nyo. at anong mga preventive measure at items ang pwede nyong gwin at dalhin. dpo ako naniniwala s slitang accidente...spgkat n iiwasan ito. at alam nmn nting prone tau s accidente, kung hndi mo maiwasan at nangyari....dpt hnda ka kung pno mlulusutan ito...

hoymountaieer said...

Although very sad and tragic we always have to put into our minds that "Going up the mountain is only half the climb".

ridgerunner said...

york c. de los santos. died june 03, 2006. pinatubo delta 5 trail. drowning. caused by flash floods.

Anonymous said...

may nakasabay din kmi sa anawangin noong holyweek ng 2008,
nalunod ung lalaki nuong eksaktong alas tres ng hapon ng biyernes santo.,
naklimutan ko ung name nya,nakapunta pa kmi sa burol nya,.
nakatira cya sa cembo makati.,

Anonymous said...

hi sir gid,
may i ask why you didn't put number 13 in your list?

Anonymous said...

from what i know, Nep who died on the halcon climb in the 90s was not a member of the san beda mountaineering, but a guest climber (an uncle) of one of the members of sbms.

Anonymous said...

I've been interested to know climb-related incidents and some climbers' demise gave me, on a positive note, a lesson to be more cautious when climbing. But still, who knows, when we up there, anything could happen. Btw, I've read some news bout deaths of neptali lazaro, prana escalante and "linda lopez". Bout story of linda lopez, a news wrote in PDI back in year 2000 said that linda lopez got home from Palawan to Negros. She was thought to be dead pero buhay pala siya.. Sino kaya yung namatay sa Mt. Talinis nung year 1996?

-Cory

Anonymous said...

Sir Gid,
Just want to give a tragic update. One girl around 27 years of age died today at Mt. Batulao. Said girl fell down the trail between peak 8 and peak 9 (new trail). So sad.....condolence to the relatives of said girl from Cainta Rizal......

egay said...

My heart goes to our fallen comrade mountaineers. I pray hard that no more lives will be lost.

Let's give the mountains our respects and never underestimate nature even in the most stable conditions.

Dindo Narte said...

It is a shame that some of these deaths were caused by hypothermia. Proper training to identify the first signs of hypothermia, and taking immediate action could have prevented these deaths. The importance of having proper mountaineering gear for harsh conditions must also be stressed.Apart from this, research on prevailing weather conditions should also be taken into consideration prior to any climb.
Remember...Safety First.

Anonymous said...

si ngo ngo sa batulao, patay na din daw.

neil jhan said...

there is no such thing as bad weather,only bad clothing and equipment.they die because they don t have a proper skills and knowledge on how to survive...before any journey or expedition make list and ask your self the following na katanungan
-how long will i be away?how much food do i need for this period and do i need to carry water?
-have i the right clothing for the climate and enough of it?
-what special equipment do i need for the terrain?
-what medical kit is appropriate?

Anonymous said...

i hope those mountaineering group who is not capable in performing BMC activity stop what their doing. Cause for all we know kawawa nmn ung maiiwan ng tao na dahil sa kapabayaan ng iba isang buhay ang mawawala. Yun lang buti sna kung panadaliang sakit lang ang effect sa family.. eh hindi eh panghabang buhay. Kaya kung di rin nmn kaya ung reponsibility in performing the said activity might as well manahimik na lang yung mountainerring group wanna be.

Anonymous said...

we cant stop mountaineering group wannabe to do BMC as they are after the money.

tell me who will stop them?

Anonymous said...

katabi lng namin ng tent ang grupo nila ian caasi na namatay sa lake venado,,hnd namin maimagin that time na malunod si ian caasi tulala kami that time lahat gusto mg rescue pero hnd na nasagip si ian.,that nyt after his drowning napakatahimik ng venado,,,that was my memorable experience

Anonymous said...

York together with his best friend Bjorn died in that Mt. Pinatubo incident. Both engineers by profession. Their bodies were found the same day which is York's supposedly 25th birthday.

boring64 said...

A friendly reminder coming from our fellow mountaineer/s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x3-7MGr-VR8


PERSONAL NOTE: Looking back through the history of mountaineering, we can tell that a mountain-related death occurs anually, and this has been happening for the past three (3) years:

Sir Adrian Alba (September 4, 2011 - Wawa River)
Ma'am Diana Fajardo (February 29, 2012 - Mt. Batulao)
Sir Victor Ayson (March 31, 2013 - Mt. Maculot)

Profiling the skills of the victims of each incident, we can't really tell when an unexpected circumstance could take place. It can happen anywhere along the course of a mountaineer's life - be it during your first climb, in the middle of a BMC river crossing exercise, or at amidst an individual's "veteran" stage. No one can actually describe, nor foretell when a misfortune could transpire.

And so, we consistently have to be cautious and be prepared for what Mother Nature could bring us, regardless of the hike being a group, or solo.

Maliit lang ang mountaineering community, and it pains us when we hear of such news. Sino ba naman ang gustong mawalan ng kapatid, hindi ba? So please, maging maingat tayo palagi.

Always, have a safe climb Climbing Buddies, i-promise ninyo.

iWasAnIdiotToThinkMountaineeringIsAJoke said...

Hi..I'm a novice at mountaineering and I don't have much to say since I'm no expert, but I really appreciate the pinoymountaineer.com has done this past few years which is documenting useful stuff like this. You see reading about this alone add extra caution for those who sometimes forget the danger of the sport. Sometimes doing something we like for so long and so often we didn't notice that we're throwing caution to the wind...KUDOS to this site and more power! You made me take this sport more seriously than what I did in my first two climbs.

Anonymous said...

pa Add lng mga sirs. sa Mt. Isarog may climber na babae rin na pinatay dun 3 yrs ago or so. malapit sa camp 3 panicuason trail. yung guide namin ang nag kwento kasi sya ang naka kita sa bangkay ng babae.

Anonymous said...

kaya nga lagi ko dala ang baril ko pag naakyat ako para pag me nagtrip sa akin titingaan ko nalang sya-philip

Anonymous said...

Hi po may balita po ba kayo sa namatay sa Mt. Makiling last January 31, 2014. Nung nagtraverse po kasi kami dun sabi nung isang local sa amin ay may nahulog daw po na mountaineer habang bumababa ng bundok.

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