What I Found #8: Ougiyama

It was a cloudy Monday morning at a particularly isolated part of Yamanashi, Japan. I thought it was a great day to hike its less known mountains. So I went on my own to Ougiyama in Otsuki on mid-March, quite aware that I might be alone in the trail as well. When I got off the…

Mountain and Me: Mt Kinabalu

My 2017 Major Hiking Goal: 4095 masl, 9 hours total ascent, 5 hours total descent, 2000-meter elevation change in 2 days. My first time to do a rope section to the summit, and my 2nd major international hike. Mt Kinabalu is the tallest mountain I’ve climbed yet.

Mountain of Thoughts: Love Your Self

Love your self enough to take care of your self. Training is hard – all that strength and endurance building – but finding time to rest can be a lot harder. If you want to keep doing what you love doing, then clean up your machine, replace the broken parts, oil those rusty edges. So…

Mountain of Thoughts: How do you introduce yourself?

The most difficult thing I experience whenever I start something new – say a new website, a new account in a social netwoking site, or just simply meeting new people for the first time – is introducing myself. How do I introduce myself? Where do I even start? Okay, I told them my name…and then…

Mountain of Thoughts: 2017 Hiking Challenge

Last year I developed a passion for the mountains, thanks to the openness of Japanese mountains to solo travelers. I was able to explore the ones surrounding Tokyo, and then I summitted Mt Fuji right on the last day of its climbing season. When I came back to the Philippines, I made sure to never…

Mountain and Me: Mount Tsukuba

The Mountain: Sitting just nearly two hours away from Tokyo, Mount Tsukuba is a nice little dayhike offering a breathtaking view of the Kanto Plain, and the honor to summit one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan. The mountain has two peaks: Nyotai (the “female” peak) at 877 masl, and Nantai (the “male” peak)…

Mountain and Me: Mt. Jinba

The gentle giant at 857 masl near the much-boasted Mt Takao in Kanagawa serves as a cool and quiet balcony for viewing Mt Fuji on a clear day.

Mountain of Thoughts: Hiwada and Monomi

It’s strange that it’s so easy for me to get in touch with nature, attach myself to the calm rustling of trees, the coolness of rivers after a day’s hike, be at peace with the silence of the woods.. Yet I find it so difficult to get in touch with mankind. To that I start…

Mountain of Thoughts: Kobe

My sight gets blurry sometimes. When I open my eyes the haze overwhelms me. Just like that moment when I climbed a mountain to see the whole of Kobe. The picture was not too clear, not too detailed, but it was enough for me to see the big picture of it, and it was wonderful to realize how…

Yokohama Bay

I love the smell of the sea, the feel of the wind crashing through the bay, the soft touch of the sun. Here the land makes love with the water. When the waves hit the rocks it’s almost as if I could feel the warm kisses of nature – salty, painful, loud, but tender and peaceful….