On its 10th year of collaboration with the PWD community, the latest installment to MUbility is the Amputee Climb 3 (AC3) held last April 16-17, 2016. Nine amputees from different backgrounds, together with the Brods and Sisses of the Mu Sigma Phi, and members of partner organizations, climbed to Tarak Ridge, Mariveles, Bataan.
The first part of the trail was a diverse and challenging path towards the Papaya River; it was a thrilling ascent up the sharp rocks, steep cliffs, and punishing trails that Tarak is famous for. Despite the physical challenges, the teams endured and persevered as it was ultimately no match for the participant’s will and tenacity. As the forest became covered in darkness, the group reassembled, refreshed, and recharged around the cool waters of the river.
In the wee hours of April 17, the climbers resumed the ascent through a tortuous and gruelling assault towards Tarak Ridge. Weaving through the trees, stepping on loose soil, and clinging onto roots and branches, the group finally reached the Ridge after a grand total of 12 hours of hiking. The climbers congratulated one another, took photos, and enjoyed the cool winds and scenic view of the rising sun over the Bataan Peninsula and West Philippine Sea. The participants struck a power pose – symbol of the victory of their minds and spirits over the mountain and themselves.
The Amputee Climb would not have been successful without the help of our partners, sponsors, and donors:
Co-presented by Rhinox Outdoor Gear, provider of high quality outdoor equipment
Loyola Mountaineers, PNU- MOUNTAINEERING CLUB (PNU-MC), UST Mountaineering Club, and UP Pep Squad
Major Donors: Tao Corporation, Physicians for Peace – Philippines
Minor Donor: PHAP Cares Foundation
Donors: Earth Desserts, Doctors to the Barrios Batch 32: Takda, Pines Brownies and Delicacies
Special thanks to: Clang Tejada, Ms. Gina Rosal-Duminy and Family
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