Mountain routes in the Philippines are no joke. Experienced drivers will tell you that you need to keep your wits about you, as tight roads and blind corners are an easy recipe for disaster for inattentive motorists.
That danger is doubled during the rainy season, on account of slippery roads and the constant threat of landslides. You need no further proof of this than the number of times Baguio’s Kennon Road has been closed in 2019.
Just ask these professionals, doctors, and mountaineers who were recently stranded by a landslide with their Chevrolet vehicles following an outreach program in Tanudan, Kalinga. The group was headed home after delivering supplies and refurbished computers to Lubo Village when a recent landslide blocked their path.
The convoy requested for a backhoe but, unfortunately, it never came and they ended up setting up a makeshift camp by the side of the road.
“After being stranded for over 24 hours and learning that the private contractor refused to send a backhoe operator, we decided to clear a path over the landslide that blocked our way,” Juancho Calayan, who documented the group’s ordeal, said in a Facebook post.
“Using shovels and sometimes our bare hands we managed to build a trail in three hours. The trail was steep & slippery but all Chevrolets, a Trailblazer, and two Colorado High Country Storms managed to traverse it.”
Calayan said that the entire group pitched in during the effort and that the locals lent them a helping hand as well. Eventually, they were able to dig out a path for their vehicles and safely make it home.
“Thank you Mayor Jaedicke of Tanudan for providing us food and security while we were stranded, to the locals who helped in the digging and to Chevrolet Philippines for providing us these dependable vehicles that made our mission a success,” Calayan said.
You can check out a video of Calayan and his group’s experience above. What about you? What’s the most intense situation you’ve ever been faced with on a mountain road?