Hikes & Treks

Salomon Speedcross 4 Review

Review: Salomon Speedcross 4 for Hiking Mt. Fuji

Posted on July 27, 2017

I love my Speedcross 3. It was reliable in Mt. Agung, and it helped me get through my first winter trek in India. But it’s time for an upgrade. It’s time to say goodbye. I’m glad Salomon introduced Speedcross 4, the improved version. I bought a pair purposely for Mt. Fuji, but before the trip, I was able to test these shoes’ performance during the following treks and tours. – Ho Chi Minh walking tour (concrete roads and flat surfaces)Read More

Hiking Mt Fuji July

Mt. Fuji Hiking Tips for First-Timers

Posted on July 27, 2017

Early in the morning of July 11th, I was at the summit of Mt. Fuji, together with hundreds of other hikers. We were all waiting for the sunrise, and as it was a beautiful day, we weren’t disappointed. Since I started hiking last March 2016, one of my goals was to hike Japan’s tallest mountain. So when the climbing season opened, I of course had to go. Hiking Mt. Fuji soon? Here are some tips. Don’t pay if you canRead More

Hiking Mt Fuji Solo

Hiking Mt. Fuji (3,776 masl) Solo

Posted on July 26, 2017

I waited months for the climbing season to start (July to early September), so when my visa was granted, I immediately booked a flight to Osaka following my one-week muay Thai session in Bangkok. To prep for the climb, I did a DIY day-hike in Mt. Rokko (931 masl) a week before. Although the trails of this much smaller mountain are different from Fuji’s, they did their part to make sure I was ready to tackle Japan’s highest peak. Here,Read More

Torii Gates Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hiking Mt. Inari (Fushimi Shrine) in a Yukata and Geta Shoes

Posted on July 20, 2017

For the second time, I met up with Sung Sik on July 7th for another tour of Kyoto. This time, he took me to Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of the most blogged-about Kyoto attractions famous for its bright red-orange torii gates. Before exploring the place (and eventually climbing to the top), I changed into my yukata and slipped into the same pair of geta shoes. My feet hurt midway through the short hike, but I kept going because obviously, IRead More

Hiking in Osaka: Mt. Rokko – Trail Report and What to Expect

Posted on July 18, 2017

In preparation for my Mt. Fuji climb on July 10th, I chose to spend a few hours exploring the trails of Mt. Rokko. Available literature says that “Rokko” doesn’t refer to a single mountain or peak. Instead, it pertains to a 56-km. range that stretches from Kobe to Takarazuka. The highest spot is 931 meters, marked by a wooden pole. In the morning of July 3rd, I left Osaka Guesthouse Sakura to tackle Rokko’s trails all the way up toRead More

Phnom Kulen Hiking

Hiking Phnom Kulen with KKO (Khmer for Khmer Organisation)

Posted on July 16, 2017

Thanks to another tourist who booked a tour on the same day as mine, my pickup service was upgraded from a motorcyle to a sedan. The motorcycle ride would have been more exciting, but that rainy morning of June 23rd made the roads slippery and dangerous. The other guy’s name was Garrett. From our very few exchanges on the way to the base of the mountain, I learned that Garrett was an American grad student returning to school in September.Read More

Two Peaks in A Day – Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Posted on June 11, 2017

In this short narrative, young hiker Lois Apolinar shares her experience tackling Mt. Hapunang Banoi (517 masl) and Mt. Pamitinan (426 masl), two peaks that comprise one of the most popular “twin hikes” in the Philippines. Both mountains are located in Rizal, a province 16 kms. east of Manila. —————- My strong longing for the mountains led me to an affordable hike hosted by a Facebook group called The Gud Travel. For only 500 PHP (10 USD), I joined 14Read More

Guiting Guiting Saw Tooth Ridge

Mt. Guiting-Guiting (G2) – Trail Report and What to Expect

Posted on May 31, 2017

You’ve been told a hundred times – mahirap ang G2 (Mt. Guiting-Guiting is one tough climb). I kid you not, the mountain is a beast. Whichever trail you choose as the starting point (Olango or Tampayan), expect the journey to be unforgiving. Obstacles include protruding roots, steep slopes, bouldery sections, dizzying ravines, and a near-vertical rock face. And let’s not forget, there are only two water sources along the trail. All these are set to challenge your physical and mentalRead More

Pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak, Dalhousie (or Nallathanniya), Sri Lanka

Posted on May 21, 2017

Adam’s Peak (or Sri Pada) is a holy mountain in Sri Lanka, revered by Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian pilgrims who ascend its well-paved path to pay homage to a sacred footprint rock formation at the summit. The Sri Pada, or “sacred footprint,” is believed to be the Buddha’s. On May 7th, I joined hundreds of pilgrims and other tourists to the peak, two days after my short DIY hike to Ella Rock. Getting There – From Ella to DalhousieRead More

View from Ella Rock

Short DIY Hike to Ella Rock, Sri Lanka – What to Expect

Posted on May 21, 2017

The hike up to Ella Rock, a famous cliff like the one in Phu Chi Fa, is a must-do if you’re in Ella. Although the last part of the trail is a tiring 20-minute ascending path, the hike overall is relaxed. From the town center and back, it can take more or less 4 hours. Getting to Ella from Colombo From the airport (CMB), I took Bus 187 (see image below) all the way to Bastian Mawatha, a bus terminalRead More

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