Potipot Island, Zambales

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Potipot Island, ZambalesMay 16-17, 2009

Potipot Island, Zambales

UPM Talikasan
Potipot Island is my first involvement with UP Mountaineers' Talikasan event. Talikasan is the organization's way of introducing the great outdoors to those who are on the fence. And there seems many out there - people who like to take on a new adventure, but don't really have the knowhow, experience or the company to make it happen. Talikasan introduces newbies by taking care of all logistics, providing basic hand-holding to those who need it and talks about basic mountaineering. This usually costs a bundle from a private tour outfitter, but for UPM, it's cut down to the bone. It's not about making money, but spreading the advocacy.

Rumble Reggae
The Rumble Reggae batch took the helm on this one, with Vince as team leader. Groups of about 5 are formed with a UPM member as group leader. Groups plan out their meals and equipment assignment during the pre-climb. This is step one for them to work as a collective...the ensuing support for each other is what bonding is all about.

The Island
Potipot is a typical beach camping experience. A very short boat ride from the mainland is needed to get to the island. The daring can even swim it - as what Punks and Ronx did. The island itself is small. A walk around it is about 30 minutes. On the island, no water, no electricity...just nature at its best. We simply picked a shaded area, no coconut above us, flat...and we laid down our tents.

Ending Thoughts
2 things linger with my Potipot experience - it's far (about 6 hours from Manila) and it's beautiful. If you're looking for beach camping away from it all, Potipot is the destination.

--- TheLoneRider

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Reader Comments:

Dennis Manon-og
(Aug 24, 2009) That's a great way to introduce others to the outdoors - a secluded island and a very welcoming group. But is the UPM Talikasan events open to the public?

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