Saturday, August 2, 2008

Conquering Mt. Pinatubo - #1 (Facing the Challenge)


After the big eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in June of 1991, it became a famous tourist attraction for mountain climbers and nature lovers.

The feat involves a two (2) hour ride on a 4x4 jeep from Clark Field in Pampanga up to the foot of the Mt. Pinatubo via Capas, Tarlac. Then another two (2) hours of trekking up to the crater of the volcano.

Last July 2006, our team leader organized a climb to commemorate our fiscal year kick-off (Our Fiscal Year cycles from June-May). Part of the objectives were to mentally prepare our team for the challenging goal that year. Another was to build the team camaraderie, especially that time, where we had a group of visiting colleagues from Vietnam that joined us.

Big goals are truly like mountains. When you are at the bottom, it would either scare you of its enormity or challenge you to go on and conquer it's summit. It would take a great deal of courage and conviction to stay the course. The accomplishment of such goal primarily relies on the decision to go. As with the Japanese Proverb that says: "The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step".

Luckily for our group, we all stood and faced the challenge. We decided to go. Along the way, our battle cry was forged as we shouted together....LET'S GET IT ON!


eastcoastlife said...

Wow! I salute all of you for your stamina and determination. I'm one of those who would look at the huge mountain before me and declare defeat. :P

Strider said...

@ ECL: I see that mountain climbing is not one of your thing. But considering life's mountain high challenges, I know you have reached a lot of summits and never afraid to climb to the top.

Great having you here ECL. Thanks!

maiylah said...

would have been great to see the sights!
thanks for sharing ...

Strider said...

@ maiylah: Yup! It's a wonderful site indeed My. Actually the trek was a not difficult because the ascent was very gradual. It was just a long and rocky travel...both ride and trek.
You should give it a try. (",)