Wednesday, July 9, 2014

RTUM's 2014 Photo Exhibit


Ma'am/Sir... Sir/Ma'am JOIN RTU MOUNTAINEERS POWSZ!!! Pag-ibig po ba hanap niyo, meron po dito." Work does go easy and fun when TEAMWORK and a little bit of craziness were put together.

Another successful Photo Exhibit and recruitment of RTUM, done on the 1st week of July for 4 days. This is with the initiative, perseverance, and hard work of the newly elected Executive Board of the organization. Long and strenuous process indeed, making this year's admission of new applicants possible for both campuses, from the Election of new Officers and meticulously amending the Constitution and bylaws of the club for opening the doors of RTUM to the latter campus of RTU, the Pasig Campus. Aiming initially to make more responsible and environmentally aware student leaders as more and more youths are getting involved in taking care and preserving our Mother Nature. RTUM is committed in educating the youth to contribute dynamically in preserving the natural heritage that will make a new generation of competent outdoor leaders.

Catching 500 registrants from Boni Campus, it is quite an overwhelming number of people interested in joining the club. Everyone is thrilled to seek for an adventure, excited to what opportunities lies in their entrance to a new chapter of their college life, and to what they will achieve in joining. It is a rewarding feeling when you have achieve your goal despite of having no pay or so whatever tangible benefits in return.

At the Lobby of Old Building, RTU - Boni Campus. Sharing of joyful memories and laughs with the interested applicants. Meeting a lot of people sure is difficult, yet it's what makes this fun and being aware to other norms.

Meet the Legendary Hawser Rope of RTUM, withstanding the age of time. For nearly 12 years since the organization was establish this rope has gone through numerous expeditions and activities and now since its retirement from service this priceless piece of history is now contained and preserve as one of the artifact of RTU mountaineering's history.

The first day of exhibit. FUN! ENERGIZED! TIRESOME!

Waiting for the next wave of students at the booth.

Picture! Picture!

Introducing some of the officers, from left to right is Ma'am Carla May Claor (V.P. for Finance), Sir Emmanuel Pigtain (Executive Secretary), and Sir Kevin Tabuquilde (Committe on Training).

Thank you for the support Sir Daniel Sta. Ana (Alumni Member), Engr. Armando P. Matias (Adviser), and Sir Jayson M. Noveda (SSC President).

See you guys on Pasig Campus this 3rd week of July!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Climb High! RTUM Milestones

RTU Mountaineer's History

  • Inspired by AMASUM (AMSOC) Gean Carlo Gasim and the 3rd group of mountaineering in RTU.
  • Founded on December 15, 2002 by the support of the PUP Mountaineers for lending their constitution and by laws to be the fundamental principles as well as their Basic Mountaineering Course.
  • Ranger Marquez from Sandugo formerly known as Engkanto also showed support by lending his equipment.

  • August 13, 2003 - Revised the adapted constitution of PUP Mountaineers with 16 members.

  • Reached the summit of Mt. Apo, led by Menandro "Andy" Sausa and Dennis Cabrillas. A few months later, another expedition was led by Carlos " Caloy" Garcia Jr. together with other RTUM Alumni, Ysrael "Ysra" Satorre, Jay-r Sanvictores, Daniel Sta. Ana, Gean Carlos of AMSOC, and Ryan Paisan.

  • By the start of the Academic school year of 2013, the amendment of the constitution and the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) was initiated by Miguel "Migs" Roque and Felino "Jhun" Calderon III to cope up with the modern practices of mountaineering.
  • First organization to cross over the latter campus of the University to open its doors for the interested students and employees from RTU Pasig.

  • Peter De Guzman III an alumnus member of the organization reached the base camp of Mt. Everest.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Join RTU Mountaineers

RTU Mountaineers is now open for admission!

Do you want adventure in your college life?

Do you think you have what it takes to climb mountains and conquer yourself?

Are you the next RTU Mountaineer?

RTU Mountaineers of Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City is now open for all RTUians, RTistas, and Batang RizalTech who are currently employed or enrolled in any courses being offered by the institution either from Pasig or Boni Campus.

RTUM is a non-academic organization recognized by the institution for over 11 years straight. We promote environmental awareness and responsible mountaineering, and aside from those, RTUM build up individual growth, good leadership, and volunteerism to fellow students.

And now! RTUM is open for students and employees of RTU-Pasig Campus! which means more comrades to meet! and more hands to help our Mother Nature in preserving it in an enjoyable way.


EASY! Just follow these steps...

Step 1:

Like and Subscribe our Facebook page and Blog. ( and

Step 2:

Get a copy of Application Form and fill-out with complete requirements and submit it at Student Centre - room 201 Old Building, RTU - Boni Campus, Mandaluyong City. Office hours are between 9:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Saturday.(Only those who are bonafide or registered RTU students and employees of both Boni and Pasig Campus are eligible to apply.)

Step 3:

Get a schedule to be interviewed.

Last step:

Attend our orientation to be posted soon.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mt. Romelo (River trek)

4th Training Climb (River Trek)

Mt. Romelo

Siniloan, laguna
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Macatad, Upland Siniloan
Elevation: 300 MASL
Days required / hours to summit: 1-2 days, 8-10 hours
Spec: Major climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail Class 2-4
Features: Waterfalls, rain forest

Water world as we call it, the river system of Mt. Romelo is the perfect getaway for any outdoors men and adventure enthusiasts who would like to escape the heat of summer and challenge his/her capabilities of survival in the monsoon seasons. It is a quite a rough trail trekking upstream this river going up to the main falls, the Buruwisan falls.

The Great Valley. Mountaineer's stop-over.

As everyone knows, Mt. Romelo has 7 marvelous water falls which is fairly accessible by anyone via the traditional trail, namely the Lanzones falls, Buruwisan falls, Batya-batya, Old Buruwisan falls, Sampalok, Twin-falls and Sapang Labo falls.

RTU Mountaineers has been conducting its training climb for river trekking here every year and has guiding numerous successful climbs in the area.


From the Great Valley where mountaineers stop-over to shower after the trek, the first marker of the river trek is the "Grotto" which is one and a half hour away from the Great Valley, the trek from the valley is quite easy yet be wary for in summer season the current of the river tends to be so timid that green algae grows on the rocks which make it so slippery.

Green Valley 1

From the Grotto you'll be arriving at what we call "Green Valley 1" which is just 30mins. away and fairly easy to manoeuvre if you have the skills of swimming. This is where the fun starts, doing some river crossing techniques learned from BMC making a raft out of your packs, "Boat-Bag" as we call it. This is to go towards this obstacle which is estimated to be 6 feet deep or more.

Start of Green Valley 2

End part of Green Valley 2

After the easy part, the next is the Green Valley 2 which is just 20-30mins. away from Green Valley 1. This gulch is about 30-40 meters from end to end and 10 feet deep roughly. This obstacle will surely take away your energy in securing your packs fighting the strong current of the mini falls to cross over a 6 foot falls.

Emergency Campsite in front of this is the abandoned tent of local people who makes charcoals.
River gulch after the steep descent from the diverting off the Butas na Bato

After this you'll be arriving at the emergency camp which is marked by an abandoned camp of locals who makes charcoal. This campsite is quite small which can only accommodate two 4-5 person tent and one 2-3 person tent. This also marks your way out of the river temporarily to ascend the side of the gulch avoiding the "Butas na Bato" which is marked by a big boulder about 10-15 feet high trap between the gulch and a strong current mini fall under it which is way dangerous to prusik/climb because of the large volume of water coming right at you. The ascending trail which is on the right side, if you are looking towards the butas na bato from the e-camp will lead you left towards the direction of upstream river. Trekking for almost 30 mins. or less, you will come across a quite steep drop which is fairly soft soiled trail so you have better rig a rope segment on your way down.
Magnificent rock formations of White Walls.

After this descent you will see the magnificent "White walls" which is a sedimentary rock formations about 50-60 meters tall.
Heart shaped bath tub.

Then you'll come across several mini pools which one of it has a distinguishable heart shape. We call it the "Heart shape bath tub". after this just 20 mins away from the Heart shaped bath tub is the Old Buruwisan. But before the Old buruwisan is the ascend going to the camp site and the famous buruwisan falls.

Old Buruwisan.


Day 1

0300 – Assembly at Star Mall, Crossing
0330 – ETD to Raymond Transit, Legarda – Sampaloc, Manila (After Nagtahan Bridge)
0600 – 1st trip of bus bound to Infanta, Quezon
0830 - ETA Famy Junction (Stop over), last buying of provisions
0900 – ETA Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna/Register at Great Valley/Breakfast
1000 – START TREK!
1130 – ETA at Twin wall
1215 - Green valley 1
1300 - Green valley 2 (Take lunch after G.V.2)
1400 – Take lunch
1530 - Resume trek
1545 - Butas na bato
1700 – White Walls
1730 – Heart shape bath tub
1800 – Bivouac; (Opt.A Heart shaped Bath tub/Opt.B Old Buruwisan)
2000 – Dinner time! SOCIALS!
2300 – Lights off!

Day 2
0500 – Wake-up call! Prepare breakfast
0730 – Break camp!
0800 – Start trek to Buruwisan Falls
0830 – Mulawin Wall
1100 – ETA to Buruwisan Falls; Explore
1600 – Start descent
1730 – ETA at Great Valley; Shower
1900 – ETD to Manila
2130 – ETA at Manila; Post climb


Be careful for some logs that are being carried downstream by the water because of the locals who cuts and make it into charcoals.