Is this for real? YES! That’s Mt. Pulag, the mountain I really, truly fell in love with. 🙂 Mt. Pulag is LOVE!
We also inducted some of the applicants here. There were I guess 5 of them. Our graduation for BMC was supposed to be on the summit too but we were not complete so we’ll just do that some other time.
Much as we wanted to stay longer in the summit, we can’t for long. By 7:30, we headed back to the camp for breakfast and break camp. By 9:35 AM, our group was ready to leave camp so we went ahead. This time, we are going back via the Ambangeg trail. It was easier. We were running in some parts of the trail thus, we were way ahead the others already. We also passed by Camp 2 (Ambangeg campsite). After more than 3 hours of walking, we reached the Ranger station. Our ride was already there waiting for us. We did not have lunch along the way. It was just all trail food. By the time we were all complete, we just loaded our things in the jeep and continued on to DENR where we will be having our much needed bath. The group just decided to have lunch/dinner along the way.
Upon reaching DENR at around 4 PM, and while waiting for the bathrooms to become available, some of us went to look for food hehehe. Don’t blame us. :p We were so hungry already. There was also a shop here where you can buy souvenir shirts. Unfortunately, they don’t have my size so I was not able to buy one. Olats.
By 6 PM, we were back in the jeep. Everybody was looking forward to dinner, wherever that is hehe. Good thing that after only an hour, we reached the restaurant. Ayos. We had to be quick though. After dinner and yosi break for others, we resumed our travel so that by 9 PM, we were already at Victory Liner terminal. We were lucky to have the 9:30 PM schedule. We were 2.5 hours late based on our itinerary hehe. Huwell.
Right now, we’re on our way back to Manila already. Thank you Father for taking care of us in this adventure. It was fun fun fun! Your creation is really amazing. 🙂
We reached the grassland at around 3:45 PM. Whew! As per itinerary, this is the last part of the leg and we are only 30 minutes away from the saddle camp! Can’t wait! It was hotter in this area because there were no trees to provide shade. It was just a steep mountain covered with grass. Good thing that it was already getting late in the afternoon so the sun was not that hot. At this point, I was beginning to feel that I was already on top of the world. 🙂
After a few more pushes, we already reached the camp! Yiffee! Unfortunately, just after a few minutes, it rained. It was not that strong but strong enough to get us drenched. We had to set up our tents quickly. Our other companions were still on the trail when it rained. Good thing everyone was able to reach the campsite safe and sound. My teammates can’t stand the cold so I just volunteered to do the cooking for dinner. I think it got to as low as 8 degrees Celsius. And since it rained and it got dark right away, we were not able to assault the summit for the sunset. Huwell.
It was mostly assault today. It was tiring but all worth it. And we were not able to follow our itinerary, yet again ahihi. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s sunrise. I hope we’ll be able to witness it. It will be another early day. So, for now, I’m signing off. Good night world!
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!
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