Holy week is fast approaching! Are you ready to walk around Camiguin? Join the yearly Panaad 2012 and test your resolve by walking the island's scenic 64K.
About a year ago, I already discussed the idea behind Camiguin's Panaad. So instead of boring you with details, I'll share some tips to surviving the walk.
The challenge is simple. Walk around the island, around 64K, at your own pace. There's no gun start, no finish line and no aid stations. It's just you and the road. You're not even required to walk, you can run, ride a bike or take the jeep. Walking is still preferred, though.
The journey is not easy. The first 20K is a walk in the park, the remaining 44 is the real challenge. The sun can be scorchingly hot and since Camiguin has tall mountains, rains during the heat of summer aren't surprising.
Here are some Panaad survival tips:
- Always have a bottle of water and some snacks.
- No jeans.
- Make sure that your phone is fully-charged.
- If you don't know anyone in the island, register for the walk at the port and ask what numbers to contact in case of emergency.
- Rest during the hottest hours of the day, 11 AM to 3 PM. You can go to the beach and take a nap. Camiguin is one of the safest places on Earth.
- During the night, you can sleep in churches, chapels and parks.
- Wear light, comfy shoes with socks. Bring an extra pair of socks
- Blisters are normal. Bring flipflops that you've worn before with you, just in case. Buying a new pair is inviting more blisters!
Oh. Before I forget, this year's holy week is from April 1 to April 7. I'll be in Camiguin this Holy Week. I won't be walking, though. See you there!