Mt. Mariveles - Post Climb
August 11, 2000
Below is a transcript of the post-climb meeting last August 9, Wednesday.
- There was a bottleneck at the ropes going down Lumber JACS.
- The groups of Bong Lacerna (arrived 9:30 PM), Brian Villas (arrived 10:00 PM) and Bernie Calingacion (arrived 10:30 PM) did night trekking.
- Bernie Calingacion and Pedro Syquia setup a bivouac with the sweepers.
- Jay de Guzman, Rowell Regala and RJ Saison left the campsite to give assistance to the night trekkers.
- The group of Jig-jig Macaspac provided welcome food and drinks for the night trekkers.
- Some trainees and members made too much noise past the lights out.
- Late wakeup call.
- Late start and completion of assault to Tarak and EL SACO Peaks.
- Members who did not join the assault were instructed to leave early so that there wonít be too much slow down in traffic going to Papaya River.
- Trainees and some members still take a long time to finish washing up.
- Some members including the asst. team leader left for Manila early.
- The first bus left for Orion only half-full. Most of the participants were crammed in the second bus; the sweepers and some trainees rode a jeepney to Orion.
- Some trainees and members almost missed the ferryboat.
What have we learned from it all?
- Camaraderie is strengthened whenever we help one another. Offering
assistance, food and drinks to trekkers coming in late to the campsite
are morale boosters. Let us have more of this.
- Lights out doesnít mean everybody should go to sleep. It means all
activities at the campsite should be lessened so that those who are
already resting will not be disturbed. This will reduce the chance of
And if conflicts do come up, let us be calm and composed in resolving
- All members of the climb staff from the team leader down to the
sweepers have responsibilities and duties to perform. If the TL wasnít
able to sound the wakeup call, then the ATL should have done so. Even if
the ATL didnít do the wakeup call, the GLs and/or AGLs should have awakened
their respective groups at the appointed time. No member of the climb staff
should leave for Manila ahead of the others (unless it is an emergency). The
ATL should be present to assist the TL in facilitating the climb.
- There are climbs (like the 1st and 2nd training climbs) when we donít
dictate the departure time of the bus, jeepney or ferryboat. We need
to be more conscious about the time specified in the itinerary. We have to
- Wash up quickly. We only need to freshen up a bit, and change our
The 3rd training climb is a 3-day (multi-day) climb set for August 25
to 27. It will be a traverse of Mt. Ugu from Nueva Viscaya to Benguet. The TL
for this climb is Tey Walde of Batch 1994.
BMC 2000 goes back to the Artistsí Center at the Makati Park & Garden
this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The Saturday session will start at 8:00
AM. It is the extra session requested by the Makati Rescue for the basic
first aid and basic life support course. The Sunday session will start at 5:00
AM so that the 12.0 km-run can start early. Andy Arboleda will give a
lecture on high altitude climbing in the morning. Makati Rescue personnel will
facilitate the high-angle rescue and rappelling course in the
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