I had difficulty in deciding on what things to bring during my first climb, which was at Mt. Maculot (~611 masl) in Cuenca, Batangas, Philippines in January 2009. My backpack then was a Jansport bag. I brought 1 liter of water and 500 mL of sports energy drink. I still did not know how to budget my liquid supply. I almost ran out of water until the next morning. Continue reading “Five tips on how to pack lightly (for hiking newbies)”