The name Sky Biscocho is synonymous with exploration, and he is a legend among Filipino hikers because of his remarkable exploits and enigmatic, at times maverick personality. Hailing from Tanauan, Batangas, Sky is a member of AMCI Mountaineering Club, Inc (Batch ’92). His notable explorations include the many trails of Mariveles Range, Makiling Traverse (the ‘s’ in Melkas is named after him), Malipunyo Traverse, and the famed ‘Dragon Trail’ Traverse of no less than Mt. Halcon, among many others. Aside from his feats in hiking, Sky is also a sculptor, painter, and country music singer-songwriter.
He is about to turn 60 this December, but he is youthful, strong, and swift as ever, easily able to keep up with the pace of his younger companions. In fact, he says that he enjoys hiking with youths because their presence reinvigorates him. I personally had the privilege of hiking with Sky with our traverses in the Mariveles Range and the Malipunyo Range last year (Hiking matters #187, 188, 192), and I can truly say that he lives up to his name as a living legend. I count myself one of the people who have been inspired by his passion for mountaineering.
In this piece, we ask Sir Sky several questions, and he speaks his mind about some things:
PinoyMountaineer: What led you to start mountain climbing?
Sky Biscocho: Curiosity. Adventurous kasi talaga ako. I love to feel the changing of the weather outdoors and I love heights…to me, hiking is a form of art.
PM: What was your first climb?
SB: I grew up in Bukidnon, and during those days, I would just climb the nameless, unknown mountains around the village where I lived. I climbed with Manobos sometimes, and those adventures became a very memorable part of my childhood. Eventually, when I joined AMCI, I realized that what I had climbed were peaks of the Kalatungan Range.
PM: What are your favorite hikes?
SB: To all my followers and to those who admire my mountain trail explorations, I thank you for appreciating what I do. For those who criticize me saying that I don’t share the routes to them… I agree! Yes the mountains aren’t mine… but I also believe it is not for me to decide to go ahead and expose these places.
I did it only to inspire my artistic needs… not to expose hidden paradises to the public… As I always say… “To climb a mountain is to feed the visual needs of our living spirit”.