SAKLANG mountaineers has memorable history.
It was summer of April 1994. My friend
Eb-eb broached the idea of climbing Mt. Talinis in Dumaguete.
Frietz, he said, why don't we try to climb Mt. Talinis? Well,
I said, why not?
I don't really know Mt. Talinis except
for Eb-eb who comes from Dumaguete. Told me has a friend,
Jopher, in Dumaguete who can accompany us to the mountain.
The idea of climbing outside Leyte
was something new personally to me and to both of us. For
nearly two years of climbing in different parts of Leyte and
Samar, we didn't give much thought of climbing outside the
region. Until Eb-eb shared the idea.
We shared the idea with some of our
friends - Glenda, Louella, Lewina, Jeffrey, and Bimboy. After
nearly a week of preparation, we went to Dumaguete. For three
days, we climbed Mt. Talinis.
When we came back to Tacloban after
the successful climb, the core
group agreed to organize a mountaineering
club in U.P Tacloban. To formally organize the mountaineering
club, a resolution was passed organizing the Saklang University
of the Philippines Tacloban College Mountaineers (SAKUP-TACOM).
By the of 1994, SAKUP-TACOM was registered
in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock,
non-profit organization. The SEC officially renamed SAKUP-TACOM
to Saklang Mountaineers Inc., 1994 (SMI).
The word Saklang is derived
from Leyte-Samar dialect which means to climb. The name basically
reflects the nature of the organization -- as a mountaineering
Saklang Mountaineers is one of the
active mountaineering groups in Leyte-Samar region. As envisioned,
Saklang Mountaineers is geared towards promoting responsible
and disciplined mountaineering.
Saklang Mountaineers has consistently
taken the lead in exploring the boundless possibilities the
region of Leyte and Samar has to offer when it comes to extreme
adventure -- potholing, canyoning and trailblazing.
After more than six years of mountaineering,
the organization has trained a core of mountaineers in jungle
survival techniques, specialized in map reading, day and night
navigation, rope techniques and search and rescue.
Saklang has pioneered some major "trailblazing"
activities in Leyte-Samar and the island of Biliran. Saklang
has successfully traversed the major backbone of Biliran island
-- the so-called Tres Marias Mountain Range from Culaba to
Naval--, Mt. Sayao in Caibiran, Alto Peak in Ormoc-Jaro mountain
range and a lot more.
Today Saklang Mountaineers continue to take the lead in exploration
climbs. It continue to get involved in major adventure racing
activities. When the Elf Authentic Adventure Race was held
in the region of Leyte and Samar, some Saklang Members acted
as guides for foreign journalists throughout the race. On
November 2000, Saklang and a member of Adventurangers bagged
La Routa Adventure Race held in the City of
Tacloban. On June 2001, Saklang joined in the 3-day
2001 Carera Habagat Adventure Race held in Siquijor
Island placing 8th out of 13 adventure racers. And it continues
to encourage its members to harness mountaineering skills
by joining in mini adventure racers and tackling "non-guided"