One good thing that came out of all the news about online dangers and the negative effects of screen time is the reminder that there's a whole world waiting beyond the screens. In this family's case, it's a promise of adventure up in the mountains!
A love story made in the mountains
May and Irone Boquiron met in Ateneo De Manila University and became good friends. They drifted apart after graduation until a Facebook message brought them together again.
“A high school friend invited me to an organized Mt. Pulag climb in February 2013 and told me to invite anyone else who would want to join to lessen the expenses,” Irone shares in an email interview with SmartParenting.com.ph.
The one he invited contracted chicken pox several days before the climb. Since their slots were already paid for, Irone quickly scanned his list of Facebook friends to find someone willing to replace his friend at short notice.
“I found out that May was into long-distance running, so I messaged her about the climb. She quickly said yes to my invite because she was not doing anything that weekend.”
It was Irone's first time to climb Mt. Pulag. May, on the other hand, never climbed any mountain until this point! After Mt. Pulag, they attended several mountaineering training sessions together, and Irone got accepted at ADMU’s Loyola Mountaineers. Eventually, they became a couple and got married in 2015.
Their outdoor lives were put on hold when May got pregnant in 2016. They thought it would be years before they could make an ascent again, but a few months after May gave birth to their daughter, Issa Margauxor Mags for short, they chanced upon the adventures of Wyatt Maktrav Bedural.
Wyatt had been climbing mountains since he was 3 years old and had scaled 26 mountains in the country with his parents (read Wyatt’s Smart Parenting feature here).
“We were eager to bring Mags out, but we also had our fears,” the 36-year-old father shares. “Reading about Wyatt’s story empowered us that we, too, could do what they could do with the right preparations.”
The couple wanted Mags to pick up their love for mountains at a young age. They started researching online about other mountaineers who brought their children to climbs. They read up on parents who brought their babies up mountains at only a few months old, but the two decided to wait for Mags to turn a year old before they introduced her to her first mountain climb.
To bring Mags along on hikes, the couple looked for baby carriers fit for mountain climbing. Luckily, they were able to find one from the exclusive distributor of Deuter, a popular brand of sports packs and bags. The carrier was expensive, but the couple viewed it as an investment that had all the features they needed.
“At the time, it wasn’t available in any of their stores, so we inquired directly from the distributor. Fortunately, they had one unit left — in the entire country — so we immediately reserved it for us!”