Scaling New Heights: Exploring Mount Batolusong with UP ISSI

UP ISSI peeps conquer Mt. Batolusong

In the heart of the Sierra Madre mountain range, where the emerald canopy stretches towards the heavens and the crisp mountain air sings with the whispers of ancient forests, lies Mount Batolusong—a beacon of adventure and discovery for intrepid souls seeking solace in nature’s embrace. Recently, a spirited contingent of 33 adventurers from the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI), accompanied by their cherished companions, embarked on a journey of a lifetime to conquer the formidable heights of this majestic peak.

Krystel Maisie Soria’s eyes sparkle with excitement as she reminisces about the trek, describing it as “absolutely fun, kahit na super nakakapagod!” It marked a significant milestone for her, a convergence of colleagues and families amid the rugged terrain. Against the backdrop of Mount Batolusong’s lush valleys and jagged cliffs, she found camaraderie in shared laughter, hearty meals, and mutual encouragement—a testament to the unbreakable bonds forged in the crucible of adventure.

Joshua Andrei Austria, reflecting on the climb, praises Mount Batolusong’s trails for their accessibility to beginners, tempered by the need for caution in adverse weather conditions. Despite the challenges posed by slippery rocks and enveloping fog, Joshua found himself enchanted by the mountain’s natural beauty, declaring it “a worthwhile adventure” that left an enduring mark on his soul.

Melanie Leaño, with her characteristic wit and humor, narrates her journey from apprehension to exhilaration, encapsulating the rollercoaster of emotions that defined the climb. From initial reluctance (“Bakit nga ba natin ‘to ginagawa? Sana nahiga na lang tayo sa bahay.”) to eventual triumph and gratitude (“Masakit man ang mga katawan ay masaya naman ang experience.”), Melanie’s narrative embodies the universal experience of pushing oneself beyond comfort zones and discovering hidden reservoirs of strength and resilience.

As the expedition team descends from Mount Batolusong’s summit, their spirits soar with the memories of shared triumphs and breathtaking vistas. Amidst the towering peaks and verdant valleys, minors and elders alike unite in their love for adventure and their unwavering determination to conquer new frontiers. And though their bodies may bear the “Mud of Honor” as a testament to their toil, their hearts beat as one—a tribute to the resilient spirit of exploration that knows no bounds.

In the story of UP ISSI’s adventure, the expedition to Mount Batolusong will be remembered as more than a conquest of a mountain; it will be celebrated as a journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and boundless adventure—a testament to the human spirit’s unwavering quest for new horizons and the enduring beauty of nature’s embrace.

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