It was supposed to be a simple challenge. Merrell Philippines got together people from the media (Men’s Health, FHM, Inquirer and Explore.ph) to climb Mt. Pinagbanterahan. A good way to field test the new Merrell Capra.
Mt. Pinagbanderahan is a historic site that literally means “where the flag was hoisted”, built in 1939, it was used as a cavalry detachment where American and Japanese flags where hoisted before the Philippine Flag reclaimed its proper place in 1946.
The climb from the camp to the peak takes around 1-2 hours, the trail was fairly easy, if you regularly run 5KM, the trail really shouldn’t be a problem.
The peak of Mt. Pinagbenderahan gives you a vantage point for viewing nearby mountains like Mount Banahaw, the island provinces of Marinduque or Mindoro and the major towns of Quezon like Lucena, Pagbilao, and Tayabas.
So after a few group photos and a lot of selfies the group decided to detour to a nearby cave before heading back down to the camp. This is where the “REAL” adventure began.
What was supposed to be just a 30 minutes stroll inside the cave turned out to be a totally unexpected “adventure”, we believed “after we are all safe”, that our local guide got lost inside the cave and made a wrong turn that got our entire group deep into the cave that became almost impossible to come out.
We have to climb, crawl, jump, and hang on to our lives beside cave spiders, bats and not to mention bat poop. It was a life changing experience… We’re just lucky we’re all able to come out of it safely.
Watch this short video about our trip and a preview of what happened to us inside the cave.
The good thing about that experience was, we’re now all good friends after that experience :)
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Thank you Merrell Philippines and Trail Adventours for the awesome experience and for my new set of friends. The Merrell Capra also performed above expectations specially when I need to literally jump and crawl over some rocks. Sorry for getting bat poop all over it though.
The Merrell Capra Retails for Php 5,590 and is available in Merrell stores at TriNoma, SM North EDSA Annex, Market! Market!, Festival Mall Alabang, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Harbor Point Subic, SM City Dasmariñas, Ayala Center Cebu, Gaisano Mall Davao, Abreeza Mall Davao, SM Lanang Premier and SM Ecoland Davao.
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sana magkaroon ng trail ang pinoy fitness dyan, sa tagal ko ng runner pinoyfitness lang ang swak sa fit ang finisher shirt, ganda pa ng design kakaproud isuot, good job Jeff Lo more power!!
Now ko lang narealize why it took you guys so long to get out of the cave :)