Mt. Pulag

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Mount Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon’s highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain's peak.

Yes! I survived the first ever mountain climb I did and it was at Mt. Pulag via the difficult Tawangan trail.

Some months ago, I saw the photo uploaded by my Flickr friend dhainel, and I commented

Pwede ba sumama sa climb mo?
kaso kayanin pa kaya ng tuhod ko?
ewan ko.. ewan ko ewan ko
hay naku dito na nga lang sa litrato

Last March 4, 2011 she sent me a flickrmail saying that if I want I can be her guest at the Metropolitan Mountaineering Society (MMS) 17th Anniversary Outreach Climb where she is a member, she said that buntso [clifford] also a flickr contact will join too. I asked permission from my wife and she allowed me. Dani told me to start jogging and so I did, instead of using elevator I used the stairs in the office. Clifford & I borrowed camping bags, tent,trek pole and other climbing gears from friends, did research on the net about the climb and asked some tips from friends who have climbed Mt. Pulag.

the MMS anniversary theme was "Ibat-ibang pinanggalingan Iisang patutunguhan" which represents the five trails that the members will trek and finally meet at the saddle camp near the summit. We were included at the Tawangan trail group a difficult one! As we ascend up to the mountain the trail was difficult, my feet was soaked in icy water in the streams we passed by so cold that triggered my legs muscles to cramped and it was difficult to walk with the heavy loads at my back. I applied pain reliever, ate snacks and rest, Sir Al our team leader told me to let our guide carry my bag and so I agreed. And the trekking continues with only the camera bag as my load, Dani and the rest was so patient and so helpful to me as I walk, rest, walk along the trail. After we had lunch at the first clearing I regained strength and didn't suffer leg cramps again. After 12 hours of trek passing by the "limatik' infested trails, winding mossy forest, seems unending grassland, almost freezing coldness we reached the saddle campsite near the summit. It was an unforgettable experience that tested my physical strength as a first time climber. The camaraderie, friendship, encouragements, funny moments shared by the people whom I just met in the climb and the amazing scenery will be cherished forever. I battled hardship in reaching the summit, but was rewarded so much of the beauty of nature and the warmth of the new friends I gained in this adventure. I survived Mt. Pulag!
Sure with constant practice and physical preparations I hope to join another climb and conquered the summit once more hoping by that time I can witness a clear sea of clouds.

To Dhaniel, Clifford, Sir Al our TL and the rest of Tawangan group and MMS Thank you very much!

17th MMS Anniversary Outreach Climb
Mt. Pulag National Park
April 6-10, 2011

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  1. george paris (busy: on/off again) 76 months ago | reply

    Amazing shots and adventure Arnel.
    Congrats on your first climb.

  2. TON70 76 months ago | reply

    nice adventure!
    nice shots!

  3. The Raindrops 76 months ago | reply

    "adventure is worthwhile itself.."....great experience!

    love trekking, too:)

  4. Lemuel Montejo 76 months ago | reply

    ganda neto sir Arnel!

  5. grazzzi11 76 months ago | reply


    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  6. Rundstedt B. Rovillos 76 months ago | reply

    aha! mountaineering ha . . . nice view ang galing ng shot! thanks for sharing po Sir Arnel! =)

  7. Arlenk. 76 months ago | reply

    ganda ng view at pati skies great ...anong temperature na dyan Arnel?

  8. Glen Espinosa Photography 76 months ago | reply

    super ganda ng napuntahan nyo sir.. guso ko rin makarating dyan someday..

  9. julesnene 76 months ago | reply

    Excellent series of shots, Arnel! Nag-enjoy rin ako sa mga pichurs mo sa FB! Magaling ka rin sumulat, Arnel! Next time sisiw na sa iyo ang Mt. Makiling! :-)

  10. Margarita Komine 76 months ago | reply

    Wow, ang ganda naman! Ang hirap but masaya.

  11. staticroof82 76 months ago | reply

    sarap sumama dyan a... nice

  12. ╰⊰✿me_tenshi✿⊱╮[busy] 76 months ago | reply

    Ang ganda ng langit. Parang ang sarap ng hangin jan.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  13. Reynald Nuñez 76 months ago | reply

    wow ... inggit mode me ... gusto ko din maakyat yan :)

  14. buntso [clifford] 76 months ago | reply

    congratulations sir..
    sa susunod ulet na climb..
    Thanks to Dani,and the MMS.

    photos portraying success/victory..
    the preparation stage must be continual..hehe:D

  15. jorgeaq 76 months ago | reply

    Congratulations for your first summit, Arnel! ( I hope this will not be the last one), I also like to climb mountains, my highest one is the Aneto, 3414 meters in the Pyrenees (Spain), it was in 1999 (too long ago!). 11 hours and a half going up and down! If you have no experience in climbing, try with a "via ferrata". Look at this link: (I didn't try this one but it looks nice!)

  16. edwin.cosalan 76 months ago | reply

    Congrats Arnel. First climb sa Pulag , Tawangan Trail pa! Next time Ambangeg route 2 1/2 hours hike lang. haha. kulang nga lang sa adventure. Sina Doc Roland at Fredots matagal ng nangarap umakyat nyan. sama nyo next time.

  17. Mengdo Digital Photography 76 months ago | reply

    Anjan ako next week via akiki - ambangeg trail

  18. Mr. FRANTaStiK 76 months ago | reply

    Yung grasses ba are naturally brown? Or sunog lang sa sobrang sun?
    Ganda talaga ng view.
    Cge, tingnan natin kung may powers ako to hike.. hehe

  19. dHaN'z 76 months ago | reply

    sir, and2 rin ako last week.. super ganda ng mt pulag.. :)

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