Hi guys! With all the hustle and bustle of the season, plus a new job (yay, me!), I had to keep pushing writing this post aside so I apologize for the wait… Anyhow, this is the first half of a 2-part blog on my first climb. Happy reading!
Dec. 21, 2013
Our designated meeting place was McDonald’s Buendia right next to Jac Terminal. We got there just before the others so we had extra time to get breakfast. L arrived later. Seeing that no one remembered to bring a first aid kit, I urged BF to buy one at the nearest Mercury Drug Store (it’s better to have one than be sorry!). N arrived shortly after BF got back. We then boarded a bus heading to Batangas Grand Terminal.
After a couple of hours, we finally reached the terminal. There, we found a jeep that would take us to Philpan Resort, which is the jump-off point and registration area. We had to pay P30 per person, and then went on to meet our guide, Kuya Globert.
The cemented road going to where Kuya Globert was, in my opinion, was the toughest part of this whole climb… But, don’t fret, because at the jumpoff area would be a small store which sells heavenly buko juice (coconut juice) and halo-halo.
Throughout the trail leading up to the peak are a few stopovers where one can enjoy some refreshments. One that stood out is Mountain Dew, which I learned from BF is usually available in most mountain-trail stores (usually houses with mini stores).
We found our campsite just a short distance away from the summit. The sun has already set so by the time we were able to pitch our tents, it was already getting pretty dark. And cold. I didn’t bother bringing a jacket because I didn’t think it would be THAT COLD, but yeah, I was wrong. Good thing I brought a few extra tops which helped me stay warm.
“Almost anything is delicious when you’re on top of the mountain.”
Dinner was one of the best part of the whole climb. After a couple of hours of uphill climb, plus a few minutes of trying to figure out what goes where and who does what, we have finally settled down and are ready to gobble up dinner, for which we had corned beef, rice, and pork ‘n beans. Simple as heck when you think of it, but with great company and a growling tummy, you’ll simply shut up and munch up. 😀
A View Like No Other
We found a wonderful spot for our campsite because we have an unhindered view of the city lights below. Fog was a little heavy, but there are times when it clears up enough for us to see the lights.
The night sky is breathtaking. Particularly when the clouds open up, you will then be presented with a star-filled view and a bright, round moon.
Playing with our flashlights led us to meeting the group that went ahead of us earlier that day. The group, a short distance away from us, seemed to respond to our “signal” so we kept sending each other light signals until we decided to go and see if we could meet them. We’ve already finished dinner anyway, the night was still young, and N & L were both expecting socials to be part of the climb, so the three of us “walked towards the light”. BF stayed at the campsite to guard the tents and our stuff. It was very foggy and dark, so we had to be careful so we wouldn’t trip or anything. We arrived at the area and were pleasantly surprised to find not one, but two groups. Introductions were made, a few shots were had, and a few stories were shared before we had to go back to our site. We asked them if they wanted to go to Sombrero island the next day, but no one said they would, so we just decided to go to a nearer resort.
(to be continued)