A World of Adventure Awaits You

Dear Applicant,

I would like to congratulate you in your first step to becoming a part of the AMCI Mountaineers.

The club is sincerely happy to welcome you to this year's Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) training. We are hopeful that in the coming months, we will be able to share with you the thrill of the outdoor life as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to make your mountaineering adventure safe and fun.

The club is also very optimistic that during your training, you will meet new friends, engage in new activities and encounter new challenges; that you will learn more about the value of safety, environment and camaradderie; that you will progress physically, emotionally and spiritually; and that you will discover more about yourself.

I sincerely hope that your training days may be as unforgettably fun and fruitful as mine was.

Good Luck!

(sgd)Ogs Cruz
Training Director (1998 BMC)
and the
Entire Training Committee

Application Requirements

  • at least 18 years old.
  • in good physical condition and can meet the physical demands of the sport.
  • submit a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE on or before the Physical Diagnostic Examinations (PDE). Failure to do so will result in the rejection of the applicant's application form.
  • submit a signed waiver form on or before the PDE.
  • pay the application form of [amount] upon receiving the application form.
  • submit the COMPLETED application form and two (2) 1"x1" color ID pictures.

Application Procedure

  • After securing an application form, pay the Application Fee of...
  • All applicants are required to attend the ORIENTATION on [date] at [place]. This is considered the first training session.
  • All trainees have to pay the training fee of [amount] on or before the PDE.

Recruitment Information

  • AMCI will only admi a maximum of [120] trainees for the [1998] BMC Training.
  • Application will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Training Schedule

  • The BMC training will start on [date].
  • Regular training sessions will be held every WEDNESDAYS and SUNDAYS.
  • Wednesday sessions start at 6:30pm.
  • Sunday sessions start at 6:30am.
*Excerpted from 1998 BMC Application Form

So you want to join AMCI?

So you want to join the AMCI Mountaineering Club? Here are a few things you should know:
(as read from UPM website)

You might miss out a few subjects in school,
but you will have an opportunity to develop your character.

You might break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend,
but you can always find another one... or join our pool of bachelors.

You might risk losing your job because of absences,
but you will get a chance to break the monotony of work...
you can always find a better job.

You might see less of your family,
but you will get a chance to bond with your "new family".

You might not pass the numerous lectures, grueling runs and the final exams,
but you can always try again... and again... and again.

It's your choice... it's either you do or wish you had.

You decide.

As you may notice, Filipino mountaineers have things in common, whether you belong to the same club or to different clubs. The important thing is: YOU BELONG.
We have a term called "Chopsuey mountaineers". They are the ones who do not belong to any club, may not have undergone Basic Mountaineering Course, and join only open climbs organized by other clubs.
The problem with this setup is, you do not have an identity. Also, as one TRIMMOC pledgee puts it, you get blamed for the trash in the mountain and its eventual destruction. Take for example Mts. Banahaw and Apo (for the devotees) and Mt. Maculot (because even a child can climb it).

Unfortunately, there is also a downside.
When a club gets famous, all eyes are on them. Every move is being criticized. Case in point: the 2002 AMCI Induction at Mt. Apo.
Oh well, just what is expected from the CRAB Mentality of Filipinos. But as they say: you can't keep a good man down.

So, if after hearing and reading about the notoriety of AMCI Mountaineering Club and you still wanna join, we hold our recruitment during May-June. Exhibits can be found at the lobby of Greenbelt 1, 2, Glorietta 3, 4. Visit this site frequently to get updates.
You can also check out the previous calendar of activities to see if your schedule fits in to the 4-month Training.
Yes. What you pay for is just the training fee (Php 2,500-3,500). Unlike some clubs where you just pay their membership fee and you immediately become a member. Depending on the Board and Training Com decisions, this fee may not be refundable. Tough.

There's only one way to know the truth. Be one of us. And you'll have the whirlwind time of your life.

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