Hiking matters #66: A prayer while stuck in SLEX

SOUTH EXPRESSWAY – I’m stuck here right now; I’m supposed to be on my way to PGH to take up my post in the Emergency Room but things did not go as planned. Good thing I decided to stop by Caltex and store up on food and drinks. And thankfully my laptop has battery so I keep myself abreast of the situation. The unprecedented flooding in NCR due to Typhoon Ondoy is truly a calamity and it is when the floods have subsided that we will be able to assess what happened.

Meanwhile, I pray for safety for mountaineers who are climbing this weekend. Weather was still good yesterday and the amount of rainfall today was not predictable. Hopefully, wherever they are they will find shelter, security, and a safe way home. And to all Filipino mountaineers, I hope and pray that you and your families are in good hands tonight. If there’s anything we can do to help, let us know. Meanwhile, mahaba-haba pa ang byahe ko. Ingat tayong lahat!

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7 Comments on "Hiking matters #66: A prayer while stuck in SLEX"


Guest
10 years 4 months ago

Hi Bart,

Although some climbers do it, its not advisable to climb alone. In case something happens to you, no one can ask for help. From my experience climbing should always be in three. In an event one of the team encounters an accident, the second member can ask for help while the third one can accompany the member with an injury/problem until help arrives. No matter how small the mountains is problems may arise when elemements are present.
Nevertheless you made a good decision of going down before more rain arrived and thank you for sharing you experience.
We are all happy here that you made it back safely.

regards
Naldy a.k.a. Bachwitz

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Anonymous
10 years 4 months ago

sir gid!
thank God at safe ako!
galing ako sa mt.talamitam. mag isa lang akong nag-climb nung friday sept.25. first time ko sa talamitam. medyo maayos naman ang weather that time. nag-check pa muna ako sa accuweather kung ok ang panahon. may mga ilang pag-ulan lang daw. sabi rin ng pagasa sa news ng thursday night ay malayo pa ang bagyo. dulot lang ng habagat ang mga ulan na darating. mga 3pm ako nagsimula umakyat, 5pm ako nakarating sa campsite. medyo matagal ang climb dahil naligaw pa ako ng konti dahil first time ko nga. nag pitch kagad ako ng tent at nagprepare ng dinner dahil uulan ng 7pm as expected. umulan nga ng wala pang 7pm. inaasahan kong 1hour lang ang itatagal ng ulan based on accuweather pero nagtuloy-tuloy na hang umaga. hindi nako nakatulog ng maayos dahil baka tangayin ang tent ko or bahain ang loob ng tent ko. salamat naman at walang anumang nangyari. maliwanag na ay naulan pa rin. maintain ang lakas ng ulan. by 7am ng saturday nagdecide na akong bumaba. naisip ko na baka mas worst pa ang mangyari kung magtatagal ako sa taas. medyo naligaw pa uli ako sa aking pagbaba. salamat naman at nakarating ako sa jum-off ng safe. marami-rami na rin akong naakyat na bundok at twice na ko naakyat ng mag-isa pero after this climb, hinding hindi ko na gagawin uli ang umakyat mag-isa. i've learned my lesson. maraming salamat kay nanay iming ng ccbm at sa anak nya na nagbigay sa kin ng 2 tasa ng kape maging sa apo nya na naghatid sa kin ng payong sa sakayan. nag-offer pa si nanay iming na dun nako maglunch sa kanila pero nahiya na ako. 12pm nakasakay ako ng bus pa-manila at by 11pm ay nakauwi na ko dito sa bahay namin. maraming salamat talaga kay God at safe ako. maraming salamat din sa mga prayers nyo!
mabuhay lahat ng mountaineers!

-BART

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Anonymous
10 years 4 months ago

S'Gid,

'Hope you have reached home safe (and dry). I would like to know if we can accout for the different climbs and groups that were supposed to climb this past weekend and if they canceled or not (guys, please post if you had a change of plans here as well). This was one bad typhoon. I hope everyone is safe.

Please advise us S' Gid as well as we have any initiatives we mountaineers can be of assistance.

R1
CMS/HOT

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Anonymous
10 years 4 months ago

be safe and come home alive all filipino mountaineers.. now we see what is the real score of what we are and what we want to strive as a mountaineer:from czack

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buddy
10 years 4 months ago

hi gid, stranded din kami ng wife ko dyan sa nlex naman due to flood na lagpas tao particularly in san miguel bulacan.11pm last night di na kami bumiyahe and as 3am today ska lang kami nkaalis.only buses and trucks ang nakakadaan.yung karaniwang jeep at kotse stranded pa din.galing kaming tabuk, kalinga to visit a friend near mt mabungtot.grabe ang pinsala ng bagyo dun.nakakatakot ang landslide na naexperience namin.malalaking bato ang gumugulong sa harapan ng sinasakyan namin.yung apat na oras na byahe namin,mga 20 na landslide ang nadaanan namin pero apat dun ang nakakatakot.double dead kami kung inabot ng landslide kasi ilog ang babagsakan namin.. walang bagyo ng umalis kami ng maynila,locals na lang dun ang nagsabi sa amin.salamat sa diyos at maayos naman kaming nakauwi..sana sa mga kasamahan at kaibigan nating mga umakyat naway mapayapa silang makauwi sa kani kanilang pamilya, at syempre ganun din sayo sir..

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