She arrived. She positioned her backpack beside her. It was almost as tall as her and perhaps as heavy. This would be our second climb together, and somehow, I expected her bag would be as interesting as the one she brought to Kan-Irag. About 30 meters from the jump-off, her nostrils flared from exhaustion. We all panted, but her huffs were more audible. Always, the start is the most arduous. “Pwede mag-weight distribution ta? (Can we have a weight distribution?),” I suggested. There were six of us: two of us were women, three men, and one young capable guide. Obliged […]
They arrived, Nikkita and Pawlito, but their arrival was not as definite as the sudden death of my first professional camera, Pawlita, a Canon 1100D. Sammy, a Samsung ES10 | Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet, Philippines The earliest images that graced Backpacking with a Book were captured by Sammy, a Samsung ES10, a secondhand camera. I bought it from a “Kawat Store” for P4, 500. A college friend called it such since, according to her, it is the pawnshop where snatchers and burglars sell their loot. It is across from Metro Colon, along Colonade Mall.