Relief Operations at Power Up Tandang Sora

Relief Efforts for Yolanda Victims by the Outdoor Community

I had a lot of stories lined up for the blog. But when Supertyphoon Yolanda slammed into the country, writing about biking, running, climbing and other activities I enjoyed just didn’t seem appropriate. Amid the destruction and suffering wrought by this horrifying force of nature, it just didn’t seem right to post anything that suggested […]

Barefoot Trail Runner in Daraitan in Nature's Trail Discovery Run 2013 (Leg 1)

Trail Running in Daraitan

Race Report: Nature’s Trail Discovery Run 2013 (Leg 1) Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal is legendary for Manila mountain bikers who have a serious craving for pain. I’ve heard bikers compare Daraitan with Sta. Ines—that other brutal biking route in Tanay, with some saying that Daraitan was probably the more difficult of the two. I had […]

Music for Faster Runs and Rides

A wise man once said: What is life without music? Let me qualify that, as whoever this erudite hombre is, he obviously never lived in a place where wannabe crooners occasionally inflict their alcohol-addled versions of Pusong Bato on their hapless neighbors. What the existential hallmark card writer should have said is: What is life without good […]

Minimalist Running

Minimalist Running

There’s a militant movement that’s slowly taking over the world of running. Its committed acolytes, nearly all of whom radiate an aura of electrified righteous anger, are calling on runners to shed their high-tech thick-soled shoes and return to the purer embrace of barely-there foot gloves. The most puritanical of them even call for the complete abandonment of any artificial protection and go full […]

Uphill Run to Caliraya Lake

The road to Caliraya Lake is a bikers’ playground. The twisty, moderately ascending pavement is perfect for motocyclists who want to improve their skills with the twisties. Cyclists meanwhile are sure to get a better workout here than on Antipolo’s traffic-choked Sumulong highway. But for runners, the 3-4 kilometer climb to Caliraya Lake will count […]