i’ll be climbing halcon very early tomorrow morning. we leave manila tonight for batangas pier. i’ve never been more prepared for a challenge of this magnitude, and yet, i think that prayers will be in order. the passion of mountaineering is more of a mind’s game, really, than a huge physically-exacting task. it also demands a huge amount of faith. faith in your gear, and faith in God, the creator of all those beautiful things i hope to see 8,000 feet in the air. i hope to return by sunday evening. i’ll be posting pictures, promise.