Once in my life I thought I could be a mountain climber. The only problem is my mother won’t allow me to join the group of people who are mountain climbers here in my place. A dear friend of mine, Ate Leah is the President and organizer of the group called GALI – Green Advocates for Life. Without hesitation I still joined the group without my mother’s knowledge. And because she won’t allow me to climb mountains, I don’t climb mountains.
One good reason is that I am so thin that my mom is scared that I cannot survive the long walks, bringing big backpacks with lots of stuffs and the scorching heat during the day and the chilly air during the night. Another reason is that we have no medical air evacuation readily available here in our place if there are any emergencies and problems during the climb.
So when our group organized a mountain climb event in Mount Kalatungan here in our town, I didn’t mountain climb with the group but I am one of the people who help in getting the permission for the climb, find the vehicles that could be used by the team to travel from the main town to the foot of the mountain and of course I am the head of the secretariat. So even though I cannot climb mountains, I am glad that I am still a part of the group who do the mountain climbing.