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REMEMBER THIS MOUNTAINEERING DICTUM:

LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS;

            TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES;

                        KILL NOTHING BUT TIME;

                                    BRING NOTHING BUT MEMORIES.

THE LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLE

Plan Ahead and Prepare

        Know the area and what to expect.

        Repackage food to minimize waste.

        Select appropriate equipments.

        Respect other visitors desire for solitude.

        Learn about local habitats and what it takes to protect them. Respect them.

Camp and Travel on Durable surfaces

        Concentrate use in resistant areas. Avoid places where impact is just beginning.

        Camp away from existing water. Conserve water. Avoid polluting water sources.

Dispose of Waste Properly

        Bring out inorganic and organic waste, including food scraps.

        Carry out litter left by others. Dispose of human waste responsibly.

        Minimize soap and food scraps in waste water.

Leave What You Find

        Protect cultural resources, including archaeological artifacts.

        Avoid damaging live trees and plants. Leave natural objects.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

        Fires are sometimes appropriate, but firewood selection, gathering and use as well as careful campfire site selection and fire tending are critical to minimizing impact.

Respect Wildlife

        Enjoy wildlife at a distance, never feed wildlife, store food securely, minimize noise, avoid sensitive habitat, and avoid disturbing wildlife.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

        Avoid conflicts, minimize crowding, respect the private of other visitor, and let natures sounds prevail.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
 
CLOTHING

            Windbreaker or jacket, enough pair of pants(light weight), a pair of shorts, T-shirt, sweat shirts, woolen head cap, gloves, cap, raincoat.

FOOTWEAR

            Light boots or comfortable pair of rubber shoes with good traction, rubber slippers, sandals, and enough pair of thick socks.

FOOD

            Bread, rice, dried meat, canned goods (in limited number), coffee, milk, sugar, cocoa, salt, fruit juice concentrates, chocolate bars, mint candies, chorizo, dried fish, smoked fish, tocino, cooked chicken/pork adobo, marinated meat, instant soups, noodles, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and other vegetables desired.

OTHERS

            Tent, light cooking equipment, camping stove, plastic or aluminum plates, spoon and fork, cups, pocketknife, water container, tissue paper, flashlight with extra bulb and batteries, match or lighter, soap, first aid kit, sleeping bag or thick blanket, plastic sheets (ground sheets), candles, strings, whistle, sewing needles and thread, and plastic bags for garbage.

 CONSERVATION CLAUSE:

             For purposes of preserving the natural beauty of the mountain for others to enjoy and relish and in order to conserve wildlife habitat, climbers are strictly enjoined to observe the following (DOs and DONTs):

 

        Carry away with you your trash. Trails and camping grounds should keep clean and sanitary at all times.

        Do not leave marks on tree trunks, rocks, boulders or other natural structures.

        Do not molest or harm the animals in the area, or destroy flowers and other.

        Build fire for cooking or camping purposes only in designated areas and should be put off properly after use. Camp fire is discouraged and prohibited.

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