When I first rode a bike, it was on training wheels. My parents thought it was the way to learn and it’s the safer choice. I do not blame them. Many parents think that way. It’s true that having those extra set of wheels will let you ride without having to balance. But that’s the […]
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Climbing and Running: Should it be one or the other?
There are two main disciplines of rock climbing: bouldering and sports climbing. Think of bouldering as a 100-meter dash. It involves a handful of difficult sequences at 10-15 high. On the other hand, rock climbing can either be a 21k or a full-distance marathon, depending on the route. Climbing has a steep learning curve, which […]
Into the Land of Quiet Mountains
I’m in Bukidnon for the summer, away from that time when diving and beaching does not make sense in Cebu. This time of the year, the whole of Cebu is crowded with people trying to take selfies on that blue-and-white backdrop. Bukidnon is a special place for me, having spent most of my childhood years […]
The Rise of Enduro Machines
Four years ago when I just started cycling, I only knew two types of mountain bikes: cross country and downhill bikes. But now enduro bicycles are on the rise. I’d like to think of enduro as a full-contact sport. Because often when you ride trails, you get to hit the ground, the end of […]
Run Liloan: 5 of the Best Routes
Running is often about breaking mental barriers. Training can get you past that 42k, 100k, or even that ridiculous 100mi mark. That’s what I would want myself to believe. But being innately de-motivated, I rarely run. I only run because running is the only real life-saving athletic discipline. Running and swimming (in some cases). As […]
A Breath Away: A Newbie’s Thoughts on Freediving
Breathe in deep, hold your breath, go underwater. Now you have free dived. Why do people dive? For female Japanese divers called “Ama,” they do it to collect pearls from 20 meters deep. They have been doing so for the past 2,000 years. Our native divers in Samal Island do it for the same reason […]
You Should Boulder, Too!
Related Stories: * Lust For Lime: Annual Cantabaco Friendship Climb * Climb after Climb Last week, Vertigo Climbing Center held a bouldering competition called Psyche Up Vol. 2. The event aimed to gather funds for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. This post will soon be updated to include the names of the winners. What […]