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    Top hiking pics Miss Katie!

    I am down with this whole phils hiking thing but I am not sure about the spandex gear. My hiking stuff is more of the casual loose cotton in understated khaki colours with big pockets stylee. This crotch-hugging spandex is OK on women but it is a tad suspect on the fellas. Especially the fluoro-pink.

    I am also OK with the wading bit as far as those pics go since the water level only goes half way up the thigh. But if there is any suggestion of getting the crown jewels wet I am doing a u-turn!


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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @headworx - at least I wasn't wearing elephant pants!
    Thankfully no. But that Goatee beard is the next problem we need to talk about

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    Have you been hiking on Palawan, Katie ?

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    @headworx - I had to check which goatee you were referring to, lol. It wasn't a goatee, that was the sleeve of my shirt!

    @LD - No, I haven't been to the island of Palawan, but have been to the island of Coron, which belongs to Palawan province. (See my Coron thread if interested.) So far, I've only hiked in the islands of Luzon, Marinduque, Panay and a small island near Camarines Sur that I forgot the name of. Many more islands to go - there are now 7,641 islands (latest official count).

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    @loopy dahling - the reason why most of us (guys & gals) wear spandex leggings or arm sleeves is because some of these mountains have limatiks (small leeches) that can crawl on your exposed skin. So the spandex is a form of PPE. If there are river crossings (like the most recent hike), I wear leggings & hiking sandals. If it's gonna be a dry hike, I usually wear my trek pants & (rubber) trek shoes. I usually read up about the mountain and/or ask the coordinator if it'll be a dry or wet hike.

    Re: wearing cargo shorts, they're ok too. As for getting your crown jewels wet, maybe the water level will just reach your knees since I think you're much taller than me. Just be careful not to slip on the rocks!

    As I've mentioned before, on the return trek, I slipped and landed on my bum. I got wet until waist level. Haha. But then we waded/swam in the river later (below the wire bridge), so we got totally wet anyway. I always bring a change of clothes for these hikes. The extra clothes are left in my bigger backpack, which is left at the jump off point. I bring a smaller, foldable day pack for the hikes.

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    ^I have just googled 'limatik'...

    OMFG!! What the fook are those things. We have leeches in 'straya but they do not try to crawl inside your eyeball before chowing down.

    Those things as are malicious, sick and evil!

    It is like something from an Alien movie except worse. Even the Alien movies don't have things that try to suck blood out of you through your eye-balls!

    Still if it was a choice between me crown jewels and me eyeballs...





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    This bloke spends 7 minutes trying to get one out of his left eyeball and trying not to panic in the process.

    So distracted is he that he does not notice the second one hooping its way slowly up his right cheek towards the other eyeball...


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    ^Go with Spandex when you're there Looper, you might look like a poof but can you even begin to imagine getting one of those leeches in your japs-eye?.

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    ^Oh fook yes!

    I will be going with the double thickness spandex with the bungee cord wrapped twice round the leg bottoms while wading in that misleadingly serene and pleasant looking river in Miss K's pics.

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    @loopy dahling - not all mountains here have limatiks, but some are famous/ notorious for having them, like my home mountain, Mt. Makiling (~1,000 MASL). Don't worry, I won't bring you to the limatik-filled ones. AFAIK, those latest mountains (Mt Gola & Mt Manalmon in Bulacan province) do not have limatiks. But there were 3 river crossings, the highest river is the one in the pic.

    Still about limatiks, during my last hike to Mt Makiling in late May of this year, I experienced THREE of them. Fortunately I was able to see and remove them before they bit & started sucking my blood. They just fell from the trees. One fell on my hand and was inching its way up (I wore arm sleeves as well), one fell on my cheek and was inching its way to my eye when I removed it. I felt it crawling on my cheek - they aim for the eyes because they like moist places. Those 2 were during the ascent. The last one was during the descent. It fell inside my shirt and landed on my boob! Bad limatik! It's good I was able to remove that as well.

    I've read that once it starts sucking, you have no choice but to let it suck until it gets full and detaches itself. Another hiker-friend said that you can remove limatiks by pouring alcohol on it. I usually have isopropyl alcohol in my day pack/ first aid kit.

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    Since I have a bit of time, I'll post pics of another hike. It was up north, Mt. Ulap in the town of Itogon, province of Benguet. It's ~1H away froBaguio city, the "city of pines" in the north. It's 1896 meters ASL and has a 3/9 difficulty. It's an easy hike, good for beginners and can be done in 4-6H, depending on pace and number of ppl. I think we finished it in 8 hours since we were a large group (3 vans, around 45 ppl) and there were many beginners. It was Nov 30 and the start of a 3-day weekend, and the mountain was jam packed with hikers, mostly coming from Manila.

    If you're in Baguio and fancy an easy hike, you can trek this mountain. If you want a more challenging one, there's Mt. Ugo with a 5/9 difficulty, which I plan to do next year.

    It was my first time to hike in the northern highlands, and it had its positives and negatives. Positives: due to high elevation, there's always a nice breeze and temps are in the 20s. You also see pine forests and the northern mountain range (Cordillera range).

    Negatives: it was an easy trail and there were lots of ppl. It was also a 3-day weekend, so that added to the hikes density. You can't go fast even if you want to, bcos of ppl traffic. We were also a large group and there were newbies, so every so often, we had to regroup and our tour/ hike coordinator would do a head count. My group chose not to wait for our turn for pic-taking at Gungal Rock, the "iconic rock" where ppl took photos bcos it would mean ~2H waiting time for other groups to finish, while we would rather move forward and continue with the trail.

    Again, for the specs of the mountain, I got help from Pinoy Mountaineer site.

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    Start of the hike

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    thanks to anyone who will repost...
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    Pine forest
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    Some views

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    from here, you can see Baguio City in the distance
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    As for getting your crown jewels wet, maybe the water level will just reach your knees since I think you're much taller than me.
    He still needs to worry, as at his age, his crown jewels are dangling lower every year.

    Leeches have many tiny teeth and if you pull them off, some teeth break away and stay in your skin, causing infection. So the way to go is to make it let go, by itself. Alcohol, salt, and natural insect repellent are all good. A cigarette lighter also works, if used briefly.

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    Happy Holidays Katie

    Your 'Start of the hike' pics aren't showing

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    Some views


    from here, you can see Baguio City in the distance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Alcohol, salt, and natural insect repellent are all good. A cigarette lighter also works, if used briefly.
    Probably not for leeches sucking on your eyeball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    My hiking stuff is more of the casual loose cotton in understated khaki colours with big pockets stylee


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    ^haha. Made me LOL, dill!


    I shudder to think what else I'll be pointing to, in the next few days, months or weeks, here on TD. I guess I'll just be pleasantly surprised (or shocked)!

    Btw, thanks for the re-posts, dill. As usual, my net is crap.

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    Start of the hike





    [/QUOTE=katie23;3877895]Dill - be gentle on the Photoshopping pls. I'll be away for a few days with no signal, so won't be able to log here[/QUOTE]


    Ok ..... I'll try my best not to turn this into a risque titanic shop with Loo and Looper


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    @Dill - I've edited the post/ attachments. I hope they now show.

    I'll try to post pics next time. My net is again %$&.

    @Dill - be gentle on the Photoshopping pls. I'll be away for a few days with no signal, so won't be able to log here.

    If ever I'm not able to log before the new year, Happy New 2019 to everyone! Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Some views

    Great photo, smoking mountains

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    Happy New Year everyone!

    Went down/back to civilization in time for the new year celebrations. Was in the northern highlands (Bakun town, Benguet province) and did a 3-day hike. Lots of pics and stories later. It was a true test of endurance and there were lots of times that I felt like giving up, but still pushed on. I conquered my first 6/9 mountain, and walked near cliff edges, despite my fear of heights.

    Cheers to 2019!

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    Thanks to anyone who will repost...

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    Happy New Year Katie.


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