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Two days ago, I was sent by Dispatch Media to attend a press conference for Mountain Hardware athlete, Mike Libecki. My mind went black and I was like, "Sino si Mike?" (Mike who?).
But I am familiar with Mountain Hardware (MH), I am a fan of the brand myself and can attest to the delight of using their apparel and equipment. It's light and trust-worthy. Back when almost every Filipino mountaineer got obsessed with The North Face, I was one of the few who found fascination in using Mountain Hardware and up until this day, I smile at the sight of their logo. When placed on prints, it looks very simple, almost unnoticeable. I wish I can afford to buy a few more apparel & equipment from them though, as MH is quite pricey. Oh well, someday. :)
The conference was at Abe restaurant in Trinoma Mall which I haven't tried before so that made me excited. Haha!
Mike Libecki came in with the gang from the Primer Group, the conglomerate that distributes Mountain Hardware in the Philippines. He is a multi-awarded climber and a recipient of several grants that is given to climbers in pursuit of remarkably challenging ascents with minimal impact to the environment and has appeared in films/interviews with National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel, Outside TV, etc.. Despite all these big accomplishments, he claims that his favorite award is winning father of the year - which he won on numerous occasions. Sweet! :) Below's the video that was shared to us by Mike. Woooow, he's really living it up!
Around The World With Mike Libecki from Red Frog Interactive on Vimeo.
As I write this, Mike and several local mountaineers is in a documented expedition to Mt. Amuyao, one of the most beautiful trails in the Philippines found in the Cordillera region. The long, challenging hike also comes with a noble purpose as their team will also be distributing portable solar lamps to the community in Pat-yay, Ifugao.
Though I am way past my teen years, I couldn't help but tell myself, "When I grow up, I want to be like Mike." - to be able to hike, test my favorite brand/s, travel around the world, exploring dense trails (something less technical though, I don't enjoy using harnesses). :P
As the conference came to a close, he shared something that reminded me of why I love the mountains. Click on the video below. :)
Have an enjoyable life everyone! :)
Mountain Hardwear is exclusively distributed by The Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.