How to prevent sun burn?

 

Summer time is when you can feel the sun in it’s full blast everyday. It is the time of the year where everyone love to hit the beach. Weather you choose to go to the beach to mountains it is very important that you protect yourself, protect your skin from getting burned by the sun. Here are some tips on how to prevent from getting sun burn.

  1. COVER UP
    – Wear clothing or outdoor gear specially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The higher the number, the better. Dark colors offer more protection, as do fabrics treated with UV- absorbing chemicals.
    – Aside from your skin you also have to protect you head and eyes. Choose sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection, so your eyes are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Use cap , visor or preferably wide-brimmed hat.
  2. USE SUNSCREEN FREQUENTLY AND GENEROUSLY
    – Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. If you plan to spend more time under sun exposure I recommend SPF 30 and above. I you have a more sensitive skin SPF 50 and up is highly recommended.
    – Choose a sunscreen that has UVA and UVB ray protection . Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  3. AVOID PEAK HOURS
    – If it possible avoid the sun during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m since this is when the UV rays are stronger.
  4. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    – Keep your skin hydrated.
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Cawag Pentalogy Day Hike Challenge Accepted!

I have recently joined the Cawag Pentalogy day Hike Challenged that was organized by Live More Adventures. The goal of this challenge is to conquer five mountains in an average of 16 hours. There were total of 23 participants who took the challenge.
Cawag is located in Subic, Zambales Philippines. There are five mountains that mountaineers climb in Cawag, They normally do trilogy (Three)  and Quadrilogy (Four) Trek and the most challenging is Pentalogy(Five). The five mountains were Mt. Balingkilat (MASL 1,100), Mt. Bira Bira (MASL 450, Mt. Naulaw, Mt. Dayungan (MASL 935), and Mt. Cinco Picos (MASL 881) 
Pentalogy is definitely  not for beginners. Trekking for 16 hours is not a joke. It takes a lot of endurance, perseverance and patient in reaching every summit. Each mountains has its own characteristics and has its own challenges.

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Our itenerary is listed below.

Day 0

19:00 meet up.@ KFC shopwise
20:00 ETD cawag zambales

Day 1

01:00 ETA brgy.cawag (registration, secured guides)
01:30 start trek
04:00 1st water source @ kawayanan
06:00 mt.Balingkilat summit
07:00 ETD mt.Bira2x
09:00 mt.Bira2x summit
09:30 ETD mt.Naulaw
10:00 mt.Naulaw summit
10:30 ETD mt.Dayungan
11:30 2nd water source @ dayungan trail
Lunch while.on trail
14:00 mt.Dayunangan summit
14:30 ETD mt.Cinco Picos
16:30 mt.Cinco Picos summit
17:00 ETD jump off
19:00 jump off brgy.cawag
20:00  ETD manila

I did accepted the challenge unfortunate I wasn’t able to complete all five of them. We made it up to the fourth mountain (Mt. Dayungan) but not able to get to the summit. Because of so much exhaustion plus the fact that I am not a veteran mountaineer. Out of the 23 participants only 4 folks conquered all five. Congratulations to these four folks who took the challenge and accomplished it.
Most of us just made it to the  Mt. Dayungan then decided not to Mt. Cinco Pico. I may not conquered these five mountains today but I still consider it as an accomplishment. Not everyone can go  through what we have been through. Pentalogy challenge encouraged me to become more fit and be more active. Then I’m  gonna aim again to once more get to challenge and hopefully will make it by that time.
This truly is an experience of once in a lifetime. I have learned a lot. Not just about hiking but more about myself. I have learned what I’m capable off and I know with the right preparation I can do more.
I also love the people that I’m with they have help me to enjoy this experience. Special thanks to Tito Ayi our sweeper for helping us and keep on pushing us.
Cawag Pentalogy, I will see you again!
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Mt. Balingkilat, the “Mountain of Thunder”


Mt. Balingkilat, literally the “Mountain of Thunder” an 1100 MASL and one of the highest peaks in the Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area. An emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic towns. 



Balingkilat is rocky, grassy, and windy. There is little tree cover. There are steep parts in the final legs of the trail which give additional challenge to the hikers. But all your hard word will all worth it once you get to the top. The views ais totally  refreshing. you will see the Subic Bay coastline and the neighboring mountains such as Mt. Cinco Picos.

How to get to Mt. balingkinitan

  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.

REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)

 

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa) is located in Sitio Cawag, San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

It has grassy trails with minimal elevation along the way to the summit. During the day trails are very hot because because it is exposed from the sun. Once you get to the summit you can feel the strong cool wind. From the top you will see the wonderful view of Zambales. It is important to wear proper clothes and sun protection to avoid getting your skin burned.


How to get to Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)
  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.


REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !

Travel Guide : How to Get to Mt. Batulao?

By Bus:
  1. Take a bus bound for Nasugbu – Lemery. Inform the conductor that you’ll be going to Mt. Batulao. Exit the bus when you get to Evercrest Golf Course in Lemery, Batangas. Travel time is roughly 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic.
  2. Once you get to Evercrest, you can either walk or take a tricycle going to the jump-off point which is Php 20.00 per head. In our case, since we ran out of budget, we walked from Evercrest going to the jump-off point.
 By Car:  Follow the route to Tagatay until you see Evercrest.
Things to Bring

For Day Hike

  • 1.5 to 2 L of water
  • Energy drinks (Pocari Sweat or Gatorade)
  • Hiking or trekking shoes or Sandals
  • Sun protection (hats, sun block, headgear, sunglasses)
  • Hiking gloves (optional but recommended)
  • Food (Snack and Lunch)
  • Picnic mat
Overnight
  • Tent of course
  • Cooking equipment
  • Prepare PHP 30.00 per head for the camping fee
Now there’s 4 ways to hike on Mt. Batulao
  1. The old trail (Difficult)
  2. The new trail (Medium)
  3. The new to old (Difficult)
  4. The Old to New (Medium)

Mt. Batulao Conquered!

I am not new with hiking and nature. I’ve been exposed into nature trips, hiking, camping and more as early as 6 years old. But after few years I become busy a lot of things and wasn’t able to give time with this passion. Finally after a decade I had a chance to do one of activities that I love – hiking! Through my Office mate Jann I was invited to join their climb with Trail Warriors and without any hesitate I immediately said YES! I haven’t had any hiking activity for a long time and less exercise but it didn’t stopped me from pursuing my passion for hiking. Then Nov. 5 2016 came and that passion was fulfilled again.

We went to Mount Batulao and conquer it. It was tiring and I will eventually get body pains but everything is worth it. Because more than the tired feet and body pains I brought home in my heart the peace that the nature brings. the joy for fulfilling my passion and meeting new people. the fulfillment and satisfaction for conquering my fears and I also took home the thought that there is no mountain to tall that I cannot be conquered . I have proven to myself that I can still do a lot of things even with my current situation right now.