Here's a promotional video/ teaser by the DOT Region XI (Davao) of what to expect if you're joining the 2nd International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge. This was taken during last year's competition.
This extreme sports adventure will entail four disciplines: mountain biking, trekking, white water tubing, and road running. The race is open to 35 teams with three members (2 racers and 1 logistics crew) each.
Imagine this: For less than 24 hours (which is usually taken in 3 days), one should traverse the trail from the shores of Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur to the peak of Mt. Apo, standing almost 10,000 feet above sea level, the highest peak in the Philippines. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
22 hours, 51 minutes, and 42 seconds. This is the record time to beat by Police Officer 1 Pido and his team, from last year's Bolder Face Challenge. He said that they had 8 days of preparation, doing some biking, road running, and swimming alternately, to get themselves ready and fit for the 1st International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge.
He said one must have the discipline and endurance, and above all self determination, to be able to complete the extreme adventure and eventually win the competition. The hardest part of the challenge is really when you reach the peak, during the boulders, he explains, because at that time you're already tired, and the smell of sulfur will add to the difficulty of reaching the top.
After the press conference which was held at the R.O.X., The Fort, I chanced upon Stoked Inc.'s advertisement on their window. They used the DOT's latest campaign, It's more fun in the Philippines on their promotions. It reads, "Board Meetings. It's more fun in the Philippines." Nice one! :)