A Hike at Pico de Loro

August 4, 2013

Oooops, I skipped yesterdays blog. I arrived late and dead tired yesterday so here it is. What happened yesterday? Well, the August’s rush kicks in.

Me, Janine and ate Mitch we’re all dorm (you know i mean home, its supposed to be we’re home but its not our home, its our dorm, thats why) since we all have our own whereabouts yesterday and its a waste to go home in our provinces, we became tambays whole day of Sunday.

Kuya Oli called Ate Mitch asking if we have any plan since we’re complete. We said none. Then we started thinking of what to do, to make our Sunday fruitful. We cited different places, plans like dinner at Tagaytay and the likes. Some i didnt even hear, lost track of the conversation and found myself agreeing with climbing Pico de Loro.

So here we are, on our way to Batangas!
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We took some pictures along the way like we all have the time in the world.
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Since we left Makati around 12 in the afternoon, we decided to buy our lunch and have it at Camp1 where we met Mang Rey (who owns ahouse and store at camp1), which i always mistakenly say as Mang Rudy. Janine keeps on reminding me its Mang Rey, te.
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We resume our trek around 3:30pm and the rain starts to pour. It didnt took long to stop and there we decided to have our first rest stop at Alibangbang.
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Sharing with you some of the beautiful sites along the trail that catches my attention.
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Photos below taken by Janine
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After another two hours of trekking, we finally reach the summit. But before sharing with you the photos, i kept it in mind to have it noted here what happened to me and Janine as we approach the summit.

We were chased by dogs! Since we are leading the pack and both of us havent been in Pico, we are not aware that there are dogs at the campsite. As we struggle the way up to the summit, we heard barks from all the corners of the big camp. It is surrounded with slender and tall bamboos I cant tell where they are coming from. Basing from the barks, i know they’re in troop. So i shouted run! We run back to the trail and back and back ’til we cant hear the dogs. We are both screaming while running the slippery, muddy and rocky trail back down the narrow trail. Thinking to myself what the f*** dogs you wasted our effort of going up!

So we decided to wait for Ate Mitch and Kuya Oli. So like the saying goes, patience is a virtue, there, finally the summit.

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We waited for the sunset and J didnt fail to amuse us once again with his creation. We were like kids chasing the clouds, breathing in and out hard, feeling the air and eating the clouds like cotton candies. We can see the clouds approaching us and we have that big smile on our faces as we welcome it in our arms.
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We end our trek exactly 9pm. We met two mountaineers from Baguio at the DENR wash up area. Unfortunately, they missed the last trip of tricycle going to the bus station. Kuya Oli offered them a hitch. In return, they offered us (their supposedly bfast) some coffee, rice and a can of sardines. Who would say no to a blessing. Just in time we only have pancit canton for dinner.

I can clasiffy the mountain as easy technical trail. It didn’t give me much loosing-my-breath moments. A fun climb indeed!

I consider this as my first birthday climb since i became a mountaineer. And speaking of first, i had a lot of first in this climb. It’s my first day hike climb. My first time to trek without any backpack, just a liter of water and an apple with me. First time to night trek without head lamp and most especially, my first time to trek without any plan and IT.

Now that’s August Rush!

Bygones.

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