Mt. Pinatubo is as always an active volcano located in the tripoint in Luzon, namely the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991, the massive and biggest explosion of that decade, so big that the effects of the eruption was felt almost every part of the world. Continuous ash falls and lahar devastated livelihoods, crops, and ruined natural landmarks in the area. Subsequently, after many years, the road to Mt. Pinatubo opened to tourists and visitors to see the majestic crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo – a seven kilometer one-way walk/trek from the base land to the crater view deck point.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND THINGS TO KNOW/PREPARE BEFORE YOUR MT. PINATUBO DAY TOUR
Be perfectly fit and sound before the Mt. Pinatubo Day Tour
Make sure that a day before your Mt. Pinatubo trek, that you are perfectly healthy, have enough sleep, and in shape to do this adventure. It’s not really a difficult trek but do keep in mind that health and safety must be your first priority.
Prepare meds, bottled water approximately 3 liters, sunblock, emergency health kit, power drinks, power snack bars, sandwich in case you get hungry, hat, sleeve garments, shades or sunglasses, hand/face towel, bath towel for shower after the day tour, extra and comfortable clothes like dry-fit, comfortable socks, and trekking or hiking sandals/shoes – but we prefer shoes.
Water and power snack or chocolate bars, like SNICKERS, are very helpful in this activity, especially when you plan your day tour during the summer months. Some visitors planned their trekking adventure from November to May.
The heat of the sun will be the ultimate obstacle in challenging your patience, strength, and will to go on. But if you’re able, fit, and ready, you’ll pass. Aside from the scorching heat, you may find crossing bedrocks and stones could slow you down. Just keep on going and always follow your tour guide. They know the best part to walk through.
And before we forget. Pack light.
Let’s say you’re done with the registration fee and the tour covers all the expenses from the base camp, 4×4 rides, and other fees, you still need to bring extra cash just in case you get hungry and thirsty; you need to use the restroom; you need to buy a camping/walking stick; and for shower fees.
Camping sticks are available at the base for P20 only.
Do take note that snacks and drinks are way expensive along the way to mt. Pinatubo.
Camera, GoPro, Smartphones, etc.
If you have DSLRs, you can bring it to your day tour but on our experience, it’s not necessary to bring this camera. One, it’s heavy and bulky. And second, a smartphone with a nice camera will be perfect for picture taking as you move and trek from morning to early afternoon. If you’re the adventurist type, a GoPro or any action camera, is always a part of your gear.
Please take note that there is no network signal on the way to Mt. Pinatubo. You’ll not be able to use your phone for SMS, calls, and internet access. Don’t worry, it’s only a half day smartphone inconvenience.
Photo ops, picture taking, and video documenting is allowed. Take pictures as many as you like. Record videos to document your trek until your battery lasts. Many Aeta children will be roaming along the way especially on pit stops during the 4×4 rides, they’re there to welcome visitors. You can have your pictures taken with them and as a show of courtesy, although it’s not a general rule, you may want give extra money to them in exchange for their unwavering smiles.
Personal and accident insurance
Visitors who will join the Mt. Pinatubo Day Tour will be advised to sign waivers that will signify their intent to continue with the trek and are perfectly fir for the tour. This waiver are signed at the base camp and even before you ride the 4×4 jeeps. In case of emergency, you will have to assign a contact number where the organizers can immediately inform in case mishaps happened during the day.
We advise that you get yourself a personal and accident insurance, just to make sure that if anything happens, you’re confident that you are insured. You may register to www.pioneer.com.ph and avail of the Travel Buddy Adventure pack for only P200. This is perfect for those who are more into adventures when traveling. The P200 worth Travel Buddy Adventure pack covers you for up to 30 days, regardless of how many trips you’ll take. It covers adventurous activities such as bungee jumping, white-water rafting, trekking, etc.
You’re entitled to maximum benefit of P100,000 upon successfully registering to Travel Buddy Adventure pack.
These and more (in case we forgot to mention other things that are needed for this adventure), will help you focus more on your activity with less worries. If you follow our reminders and really prepared for this trek, then we see no problem in your adventure.
LIFEMATE RUGGED RIDE
Our visit to Mt. Pinatubo last April 28, 2016 was part of the Lifemate Rugged Ride event by Power Mac Center where we were introduced to a new product, perfect for outdoor adventure, which is the Lifemate power bank and solar panel chargers.
Our call time was 2 AM at McDonald’s Mindanao Ave. branch. We had our early breakfast and after we’re all completed, we head on to our destination. It was already 6 AM when we arrived in Capas, Tarlac. Our organizer immediately handed over the waivers and assigned us to our 4×4 jeep. The 4×4 vehicle can accommodate 4 to 5 persons, excluding the guide and the driver.
We had a tough, rugged, and bumpy 4×4 ride which lasted for almost 2 1/2 hours, with two pit stops, the last one was before ascending the mountain top.
The trek was more than 2 hours before reaching the actual start-off point for the Mt. Pinatubo trek which is the final 30 minutes hike to the top view deck.
The majestic crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo can be wonderfully seen from the view deck. You may also descend to near the lake to get a most magnificent view of the place.
Visitors can spend an hour or two at the view deck to have lunch break, picture taking, and short rest.
The Lifemate power bank and solar panel charger units were demonstrated after our lunch break. These new products are recommended for outdoor adventures especially when you can’t find any power source to charge up your gadgets. It’s perfect for outdoor lifestyle.
Lifemate also saves the day with its waterproof qualities and crash and heat resistant features.
Lifemate powerbank has three models – the Power Eagle (HB-R06), Power Bear (HB-R12), and Power Lion (HB-R24). These products are reliable entries to the pool of high-capacity power banks we have in the market today. Power eagle has a capacity of 6,000mAh; Power Bear has 12,000mAh; and Power Lion has 24,000mAh,
These power banks, when combined with the Apollo line of solar panel chargers, can greatly prolong the battery life of your smart devices, giving hope to people who are often denied access to electrical outlets for days. This feature is perfect for campers who need power banks to sustain their activities in the wild and for backpackers who are in for a long trek.
We’ve proven these products especially the Apollo 1 solar panel charger which was given to us during the day tour. The Apollo 1 has 2 solar panels that can power up juices of our smartphones. It has an average power of 7W and all you have to do is leave it where the sunshine reaches for it to feed power source to charge up devices.
The Lifemate power bank and solar panel chargers are available in all Power Mac Center branches nationwide.
And that’s it. Thank you also to ETUDE, SanDisk, and RivaCase for also sponsoring the Lifemate Rugged Ride event.
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