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