Tree Climbing: I Name Her Iggy

Prusik /ˈprʌsɪk/ is a friction hitch or knot used to put a loop of cord around a rope, applied in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, caving, rope rescue, and by arborists. The term Prusik is a name for both the loops of cord and the hitch, and the verb is “to prusik“. —Wikipedia

This Tree I Named Iggy in Mindoro
This Tree I Named Iggy in Mindoro
Photo above was taken with a GoPro (not mine).
After 2-3 times of practice in an indoor gym, I finally got to try using this knot OUTSIDE! The experience is so different than anything I have done before. There was only me and the rope, no walls. Target is to reach the higher branch of Iggy next time, or maybe reach the top. Writing about it makes me excited for my next trip.
This is Tabinay Malaki, located in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. This place is a gem – there’s diving, snorkeling, climbing and hiking here.
From where I stood. Riverbed.
After a few minutes of walking from Iggy, you will reach a riverbed.
Iggy!!!! You can find her standing tall right beside a concrete road.

To get to Puerto Galera, you will need to take a bus to Batangas, get off the Batangas Port, take a boat into Muelle Port, get into Plaza Iluminada, take a tricycle into Tabinay Malaki and you’re there!

Gear used:

50 meter rope

prusik knots tied to belay device and footholds


belay device

half-dome helmet

plain ol’ sandals.


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