I reached the campsite at exactly 5 PM. So happy happy happy! 🙂 I was the first one to reach it teehee. I was so excited when our guides told us that it’s already near so I ran the last part of the trail with backpack and all hehehe. Now, it’s starting to rain. We are being blessed! Time to set up tents!
Guess where I am right now. At Mt. Pulag Akiki first camp. Hihihi! Yes, finally, I’m on my way to the summit of the second highest mountain in the country located in my very own province, Benguet.
A little flashback though.
The group met at Victory Cubao last night. Due to the lack of seats for the 11 PM trip, one group had to take the 10 PM trip. The 11 PM batch arrived in Baguio at 4:45 AM. After repacking and regrouping, we already boarded the jeep that would bring us to Mt. Pulag jump off. We were also met by Sir Bong, our guide. By 5:40 AM, we were already on our way. The route is via Ambuklao. This is new info to me (shame on me hihihi). At 7:25 AM, we stopped by Jang jang Eatery (Bangao, Ambuklao Bokod Benguet) for a quick breakfast. Some of us also bought our packed lunch here. After an hour, we resumed our trip. By 8:45, we were already at DENR. We had to drop by here for registration, a video presentation about the do’s and don’ts in the mountain and some orientation. Some of us also shopped for shirts (they don’t have my size so I did not buy any sniff). By 10:30 AM, we resumed our trip so that by 12 noon, we were already at the Akiki jump off. Here, we were met by our porters. We lack I guess 1 or 2 porters so some of the groups had to redistribute their loads. Our group only had 2 porters, 1 of which to be shared by the 4 of us, the other by our 2 group members. After all the registration, repacking, lunch break and a little stretching, it’s now time to hit the trail.
Our group was the sweeper so we should be the last in the trail. While others left a little after 1, our group started at 1:55 PM. The trail was not hard actually. It’s a combination of steep and rolling hills. It was not as challenging as Mt. Tarak. Along the way, our group disbanded since some of us had faster pacing. By 3:50 PM, I and another group mate reached Edette River (along with other groups). After approximately 30 minutes, we were all in the campsite. It was time to set up our tents and prepare for dinner. It was a challenge for our group to organize what foods to bring so prior to this climb, the group just decided that each one bring his/her own food and we’ll just share. It worked for us. I’m so glad. And Goldilocks is our savior hihihi!
By 7:30 PM, I’m already getting ready to sleep hehehe. Early? Hey, it says in our IT that it’s lights out by 8 PM and it’s for strict compliance so I’m just following rules teehee. Besides, I’m worn out more because of the long trip from Manila rather than the 2 hour trek.
I just can’t stop myself from documenting this early so here it is. Tomorrow is a long day so good night world! And good luck to us all. I’m praying for a safe journey until we’re back in our own little worlds.
Lapit na! Am so excited! Hihihi! 🙂
Mt. Pulag Climb
October 17- 20, 2008
DAY 1 – OCT 17, 2008 Friday
2200 – Assembly Victory Terminal
2300 – ETD Cubao to Baguio City
DAY 2 – Oct 18, 2008 Saturday
0500 – ETA Baguio City (Breakfast)
0600 – Departure Baguio to Akiki trail via hired Jeep
1200 – Akiki Jump Off
1300 – ETA (Briefing and Registration/guide/porter)
1330 – Resume trek. Steep trail.
1630 – ETA Edette River. Set up Camp and cook dinner. First and last water source.
1700 – Early dinner
1800 – Prepare/cook breakfast and pack lunch for the ff day (optional)
2000 – Lights Out (for strict compliance)
DAY 3 Oct 19, 2008 Sunday
0400 – Wake up call. Prepare breakfast.
0430 – Breakfast.
0530 – Break camp.
0630 – Start trek.
0900 – Cow Country.
1100 – Marlboro country. Helipad. Take early packed lunch.
1300 – Mossy forest.
1430 – End of forest line (2600 MASL); Reach Grassland.
1600 – Saddle campsite. Set up camp. Prepare dinner.
1730 – Assault to summit. Sunset. (Optional)
DAY 4 – Oct 20, 2008 Monday
0400 – Wake up call. Assault to summit.
0430 – ETA Summit / Graduation
0600 – Descend from Summit
0700 – Breakfast
0800 – Break camp
0900 – Start trek to Ambangeg Ranger Station Via Summit or Camp 2.
1000 – Camp 2. Water Source.
1100 – Ranger station. Take early lunch.
1200 – Resume trek. 10K trek.
1300 – ETA At DENR-PAO; tidy up and log out.
1400 – ETD Amangueg to Baguio City
1700 – ETA Baguio City. Buy return tickets. Dinner.
1900 – Head back to Manila