During my 30-day journey, I experienced a few health scares. The worst one happened when I was in Vang Vieng, Laos. After a 30-minute bike ride, I arrived at a very steep, unpaved road and had to push my bicycle up to get to the very top. Minutes later, I felt like fainting. Though I was able to recover after taking a 2-hour nap, I still questioned my physical condition.
The truth is, I always question my condition. Most of the time, I feel that I’m not healthy or fit enough to conquer a physical challenge. I am a hypochondriac, and my present heart problem is not helping at all.
So when my good college friend, whom I haven’t seen for years, contacted me earlier this year to accompany her on a trip to Mt. Pinatubo, one of the famous active volcanoes in the country, I hesitated for a moment because I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to conquer it.
But I remembered the greatest lines in movie history for the backpacking nomad:
…never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar…Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it...
So I didn’t say no.
On January 26, I, along with 2 of my good friends conquered Mt. Pinatubo with less than 2 hours of sleep:
Total km covered = 14
# of hiking hours= 4.5
With my condition, I really thought I wouldn’t make it but I did. And when I reached the crater, I just felt SO ALIVE.
The spirit is always stronger. And I know that I have to constantly remind myself of this.
Till the next trek!
PS: I would like to give a shout-out to TRIPINAS for an awesome, well-organized trek. You may check their website for details.
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