One year ago today, I got lost in Mt. Ugo, (between Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet). It was my third time to mountain bike in Mt. Ugo but somehow, I got derailed from the single track and away from my bike comrades. All odds were against me so I went missing for three days and two nights. I was trying to get back to the nearest barangay, and a whole community was looking for me but it took three days before I was finally found by a rescue helicopter. The whole experience was straight out a movie (so just wait for the cinematic version) and now I will just impart my thoughts and lessons I have learned from this adventure.
Lessons Learned After Being Lost In The Mountain
- Meditation is powerful. Couldn’t sleep during the rainy, cold night so I just meditated and prayed. It saved me from hypothermia and whatever element was out to get me. Mind is stronger than our body. Can’t explain it fully, but I know and felt that its true.
- Bring food and water. Candies and chocolates are also nice to bring in the mountain. Water Bladders in back packs are a must when going mountain biking. The pack would serve as a big water container, plus protection to your spine as well.
- Be prepared. Like a boy scout. think ahead of what would you need. What are the gadgets that would come in handy. Leatherman? Swiss Army Knife? Choose your tool.
- Find shelter. Out there, it is just you and your wits. You gotta protect your head. Also your body needs a place to rest. Secure a good spot.
- Believe that on the third day, something different will happen. It is the law of threes. 3, 6, 9. Focus your mind and harness your energy for that special moment on the third day.
- Never stop praying.
- Stick together team. Never wander off alone.
- Stay alive and well. Don’t do anything too daring. Injuries won’t help in your goals.
- Pack right.
- Smile and respect everything around you. If you do them good, good will happen to you. Cows saved me just because I asked them to.
- Be More observant to your environment. Sharpen your sensitivity and be more aware of the things around us. It might come in useful soon enough.
- Live a Simple Life. I realized that when I got through three days with almost nothing.