The invitation came into me from someone I haven't met personally but I seem to have an affinity with meeting people in weird places and situations. All of the people in the group, were people I had met for the first time in that climb. It felt awkward at first but then as hours passed by and conversations were made, we all seem to get a long so well. One of the common ground will always be the love for climbing mountains.
I had been wanting to climb Mt. Pulag since 2010. However, due to limited funds and weird work schedules, it took me four years before I could say yes to an invitation. Deep inside me, I wish I had done it with the person who taught me to love this adventure. I really should learn to stop thinking about that person. I really should. No more dramas.
Moving forward, I've known quite a lot of people who had climbed Mt. Pulag. Some were good experiences, others were very horrible that when I told them I will be climbing, I was bombarded with a lot of reminders. The not-so good stories really scared the hell out of me. I didn't say it to my parents because they may not allow me to join this trip if I say so.
5-hour trip to Baguio City via Victory Liner.
3-hour trip to Ambangeg, Benguet for Breakfast and Registration at the DENR office
1-hour trip to Babadak Ranger Station- Drop Off Point.
|The team I am with. We still look fresh and excited about the climb. We were waiting for the guides and porters to get cleared so we can start walking. Photo Credits to Mia Clarissa Alarcon|
|From the Babadak Ranger Station. Off to Camp 1. Photo Credits to Mia Clarissa Alarcon|
|Vegetation Trail. This is the view going to Camp 1. Photo Credits to Mia Clarisssa Alarcon|
|Camp 1 Selfie up in the mountains. While walking, I had took off my jacket because I am perspiring in the cold weather. Felt good though.|
|Off to Camp 2. Photo Credits to Mia Clarissa Alarcon|
The trail going to the summit are well-kept and maintained. The challenges one might encounter really is the altitude sickness, weather get colder and colder as it gets darker and unpredictable rains up in the mountains. Average walk time to Camp 2 is 2 hours. We were able to beat that at 1 hour and 40 minutes.
|This is the campsite where we will pitch our tents. Photo Credits to Mia Clarissa Alarcon|
|This is how it looks like when we arrived.|
|Then the sky started to clear.|
|Just like this. Photo Credit to Mia Clarrisa Alarcon|
|I am 2,922 masl! Feels like heaven with matching halo :)|
|More photo ops from up above while waiting for the sun to set. As the sun disappears, the temperature gets colder too.|
Of course, the sunrise is also a sight to behold.
|Sun on the rise 01.04.2015. The best spot to watch the sunrise in Mt. Pulag is at the Tower Station. Photo Credits to Joy Hernandez.|
On my way back to the jeep, I told them, that climbing Mt. Pulag was a one time deal for me, I don't think I can do it again. Then, as I keep on looking at the pictures, at the smiles and at the sunrise and sunset, I changed my mind. I want to see it again. I want to come back to Mt. Pulag. No matter how tiring, no matter how cold, as long as I get to see the bursting colors as the mighty sun rises, and the cottony texture of the clouds, I'll come back and climb you again.
2015, you started with so much hope and delight. Can we keep it that way?