Monday, February 07, 2011

packing for mt. pulag

In 18 days, we're climbing and camping in one of the most challenging mountains in the Philippines - the cold and wet Mt. Pulag. Time to pack.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

FOOD - These are ready to eat meals rationed to the US military, which the boyfriend bought from his airsoft buddies. We took out some items (mostly cakes) to make them lighter. Packages come with instant food/beverage heaters - that greenish plastic bag you see.

CLOTHING - Extreme weather layering essentials:

Columbia Kaleidaslope Omni-heat insulated jacket, for the cold

Moisture-wicking shirt and arm warmers for the day hike

The niftiest waterproof Stefanel hiking pants / shorts combo:

Raincoat, wool socks

My 5-year-old, Paris-tested wool inner layer from Terranova, more wool socks for the night

Thermal tops and leggings for layering, all Europe-tested, from Marks & Spencer

Trail running shoes from New Balance


Sleeping bag for colder weather

Tent (for sharing with MSP)


Disposable emergency urinal, baby wipes, razor (you never know when you'll need the blade!), meds for diarrhea, fever, etc., the usual toiletries

I still don't have:
1. a headlamp
2. plastic bag for trash
3. tissue - lots of kitchen tissue (in place of towels)
4. maybe extra shoes (my old Nike), in case it rains so hard and my trail shoes don't dry up?

This is so unglamorous and exciting at the same time.

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Anonymous shimmy said...

can't imagine you in the wilderness.

12:25 PM  
Blogger bismuth said...

pare, just remember, everything you bring up, you must bring down. so i'm not so sure about those urinal thingies. hahahahaha!

1:01 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

shimmy - i will survive!

1:17 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

ice - the urine turns into oderless gel naman. sabi sa pack, "a civilized solution" hahaha. in case lang maihi talaga ako ng hindi na kayang pigilan.

1:17 PM  
Blogger ennui said...

it's one thing to pee, but what if you need to defecate? eewww ... :)

2:28 PM  
Anonymous shimmy said...

haha travel john for "pee-mergencies"! i've actually used the TJ Hunter brand, for camping din, very similar:

4:56 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

shimmy - thanks for the vid. at dahil dyan, nakita ko ang related video to answer ennui's question.

roland - eto:

or just hold it in! that's what i would do.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Retro Manila said...

I've never gone climbing. Di ko nga alam kung bakit, maybe just not my thing. :)

The way you've prepared for this, makes climbing somewhat glamorous. :)

9:05 PM  
Blogger ennui said...

if the experience is positive with Pulag, i'll have to put Mt. Kinabalu the next thing on my list :)

10:50 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

retro - believe me, it's far from glam.

ennui - yeah. just a few days to go! mt. kinabalu seems like a good idea. 4th tallest in the malay archipelago.

2:04 PM  
Blogger ennui said...

so il duce now that the Pulag climb is over ... what is your assessment of the stuff you brought? :)

6:45 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

i wish i brought better insulated shoes. pinasok ng lamig yung trail runner ko.

8:24 AM  
Blogger mussolini said...

in fairness, columbia omniheat worked :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger mussolini said...

and my thermal inner wear worked wonders din, in combination with the sleeping bag. i only wore a long sleeved thermal shirt and the wool shirt over it while sleeping. di na kailangan mag-jacket :)

8:26 AM  

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