10 Tips for First Time Hikers

Mountain climbing is one of my bucket list of things to do.  I didn’t realize that I can be able to fulfill it with the help of a dear friend named Tin, she is 10 years younger than me but she is very mature for her age.


Climbing the mountain for me at first I thought was easy. As I go on walking, I am starting to enjoy the activity because I am so excited and enthusiastic to see what is the feeling to be on top of the hill. Then as we elevated slowly, I can feel my knees and thighs hurting. I started to apply these 10 learnings:

1. Take one step at a time
2. Never look back
3. Don’t lose hope
4. Imagine that you are almost there
5. Don’t envy others if they are much stronger than you
6. Be patient
7. Tell yourself “I can do this” all the time especially when your body starts to hurt
8. Get up when you fall
9. Just keep walking


I had a lot of realizations after that experience. I felt God’s presence when I reached the top. The view was spectacular! All the pain was worth it. I remember the quote that was mentioned from the movie “Peaceful Warrior”…. The journey is all that matters not the destination. One of the things that I have learned from this experience, we must feel the pain in order to shape our character. In short “No pain No gain”.  I will never forget this memorable experience.  This trip contributed a lot to my personal character.  I was able to gain new friends and gained a lot of wisdom as well.  I never thought that I could be able to climb a mountain. My parents kept on telling me that I can’t do it or I must take it easy because of my brain surgery history. I became too afraid to go out from my comfort zone because of that. As years have passed, I kept on thinking what if I try to give it a shot?

Friend, if you are suffering right now, pain is only temporary…. You will make it through if you just believe in yourself that you can surpass all trials to what life can bring.  Just have faith and I promise everything is worth it…. Life is all worth it!


Kindly click on this link if you want to know how to plan your day hike going to this place.

12 thoughts on “10 Tips for First Time Hikers

  1. Mountain climbing is indeed life. You first start out climbing a small mountain. And the more you climb that particular mountain, you start developing strength and stamina. Then start planning for a higher mountain. As the saying goes, start small or start at the bottom and work your way to the next level. Then when you have reached the top of the highest mountain, take a moments’ rest and see how far you have gone. And say “Thank you Lord” for the guidance and strength that propelled me to go higher.”

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  2. Congratulations on your first blog entry,Mackiepot! Looking forward to many more years of fun together!
    You say that I talk and behave really mature for my age! Hihihi (napaisip ako) Thank you :’) Please write many many more…..

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  3. I am so blessed that I was able to go on this climb, and meet you in the process – I never would have guessed that it was your first time out! I will forever cherish the time we were all together, persevering through the arduous climb up Mt. Gola (compared to Mt. Manalmon) and being rewarded by the breathtaking vista. I pray we will have another opportunity to climb again. Until then, I’ll be cheering you on for more climbs from here.

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  4. I once sat through a talk by an ethnologist named Simon Sinek who said that one of the problems that young people have today is that they’ll stare at a mountain and think about how great it would be to be on top of that mountain but never thinking about the climb to get there. They’re thinking about maybe getting a helicopter or some other easy way to reach the top. They’re focused on the goal but don’t focus on the more beneficial path to get there on there own. A few years ago, I was in Florence, Italy. I had been there for a couple of days and felt that even though the history of that place was magnificent, I still didn’t get the beauty of it all. One of things left on my list to do before I left was to get to Piazza Michelangelo which had a view of the enitre city. It’s about a 10-minute hike up a hill, but once I got to the top, I understood the magic and truly appreciated my time in Florence. Sometimes you have to climb uphill, up a mountain to see what you’ve left behind literally and figuratively, and ultimately understand and be thankful of the big picture. Thank you for reminding me of that today. Love you.

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    1. My dear cuz, I want you to know that you inspire me. You are a blessing to me. Like what I have read in your comment now…. You have plenty of wisdom. You know what are the right words to say and that is your gift. Please pray for me, i really want to go back there. I want to share a moment with you, the last time I remember I saw you was way back 2002. If that happens can we arrange for a hike one time? I hope you can accompany me and for sure it will be so much fun! God bless you always!


  5. Dear Mackie,

    Wow! Way to go! Great article! 👍👍👍You are such an inspiration to all of us! Always keep inspiring us!

    God bless always!

    Your #1 fan,
    Coie 😃


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