Climbing Mt. Maculot: Quite an Adventure for an Acrophobiac
Climbing the top of the mountain was one great adventure for a person with acrophobia and a weak heart. For a journey towards everything must begin with one step.
Life is a journey. Somewhere along the road we will meet different people; some to help us and some to block us. Reaching for success in life is not as easy as it seems. We don’t know our path yet and maybe there will come a time that we have to reach a crossroad where we’ll have to choose a way.
We may be bruised by the things that will happen along the way or may slip and fall. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop. How can we reach the top if we’re going to let a small wound turn our backs to what we call our destination.
Reaching for success is like climbing a steep mountain – you have to hold on to your dreams and goals for reaching the top. You have to maximize the use of resources like the rocks and uprooted trees along your way. Rocks in life are hindrance but that’s what makes it all challenging. Instead of trying to move a big rock why don’t we use it for useful things like making it as our tool for a beautiful landscape? What I’m trying to say is, we cannot change the way things are but we have the power to make it go our way, learn how to use it and make the best of it.
Climbing this Mt. Maculot was not as easy as I thought it would be. We barely gotten to the foot of the mountain when I was feeling so tired already. My legs were aching. Honestly, I admit I have a weak heart, but that doesn’t stop me from climbing and reaching for the top of the mountain.
Along the way, I found some beautiful scenery and all the hidden mysteries of the forest. We passed quite a lot of crossroads and I’ve noticed marks or directions on trees as we go along. For me, the climb was very hard, I have to grab anything I could – rocks, shrubs, roots of trees, branches and anything that I could hold on to. It was very slippery and my backpack was a burden! I have some stuff like water, energy drink, towel and some clothes and it sure looks so heavy!
Halfway of climbing we rest under the shades of trees for like 3 minutes then continue our journey. I have to say I really want to stay for awhile but we have to keep moving on. It’s a day hike trek only and we were avoiding being caught in the dark later on. I must say I’m lucky because there were people who helped me climbed. They extend their hands to reach for me. My arms were like trembling and my legs were badly aching. But I have to move on no matter what. I started this, I must finish it.
Reaching the top of the mountain was so wonderful! Standing there, looking at the tiny things below was a tremendous feeling for me. It was like you’ve reached something in your life. All the pains of climbing were like suddenly vanished, it was enveloped with the happiness you’ve felt. The view was perfect; the Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano was a picturesque.
Honestly, I admit I have also acrophobia, that is, the fear of heights. Even second floor heights would make me tremble. So how come I was there, standing, looking and admiring this marvellous scenery? It was because of a dream to see the beauty of the world. I always have faith and trust in myself. The will and determination makes me strong to overcome any fear I had.
As I lay on my bed that night, I kept thinking that life was a lot like climbing the mountain. It was a difficult trek but if you have the guts and trust on yourself, you will and you will reach the peak. Along the way, we can find some marks leading us to the right path, and that is your parent’s advice.
I know I’m a stubborn girl once and some of their advices I did not take heed. Maybe I got a little lost in the woods but they always find me and keep me on the right track. That’s why I’m here, I finished an engineering course, got a job that I love, and now looking forward on our investments.
But looking back on the past, I could say, it was one of a trek just to get here. I slipped and I crawled on the ground. But I’m not ashamed to anyone who saw me. This is me and I don’t have anything to be ashamed of. At least I can prove to myself that I am determined to finish what I have started.
People who really loved me, my family, true friends and my vest were always there making sure I'm still moving on. They're always just right above me, extending their hands when I needed a lift. I could also say I had maximized all the resources I've got; I used to work and doing anything I could to earn extra cash.
It’s been a tough fight getting to the top but as you can see, it was all worth it. Like what I’ve felt when I reach the top of Mt. Maculot, the happiness of reaching your dreams, looking through the endless horizons and embracing all the beauty of life.
My whole body was aching after that long trek but I don’t care. I was very happy of what I’ve accomplished.
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My Other Mountain Climbing Misadventures:
- Year-End Climb: Conquering Mt. Tagapo
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- Mt. Daguldol Adventures: Mountain + Falls + Beach
Mountain Climbing Take 2: @ Mt. Daguldol with side trip @ Naambon Falls and @ Laiya Beach. A whole weekend of adventure!