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"Double the trouble, twice the fun!"
I made my first major climb over 2 of the Philippine's highest mountains about 2 weeks ago. With just two mountain climbing experiences and barely 2 months of cardio workout, I thought I would do well. We summitted Mt Kitanglad in Bukidnon, country's 4th highest peak at 2,899MASL after a half day steady-paced trek on our 1st day. Thanks to the well-established trails the climb was easy as 1-2-3. At the summit, we were rewarded with Kitanglad's magnificent view of endless blankets of clouds. On our 2nd day, we headed on to our major goal which was to conquer the country's 2nd highest peak, Mt Dulang-dulang a.k.a. Mt D2 at 2938MASL, which was still part of Kitanglad's mountain range. We trekked the unforgiving, demanding Kitanglad-Dulang2x (KD2) traverse trail which was a series of descents and ascents that went on like forever. The worst part came when we had to climb over a perfect vertical muddy slope without ropes!I was thankful for the whole team for there was always someone behind me to hold my feet steady and there was always someone ahead of me to offer a hand. Finally, we reached D2's summit just before sundown! And there! we feasted our eyes on the endless breathtaking view. We also got to witness the phenomenal perfect conical shadow of Mt D2 over the Kitanglad range. We headed then to our campsite, Manny's Garden, where our jaws dropped upon reaching the place. It was the most magical place I've been to. It was like anytime you'd be seeing unicorns, fairies, human-sized tarantulas about to attack but then got saved by Legolas! hahahaha! Here, every trees were covered with moss making them looked like "fluffy trees", and they were so soft i even managed to lie down to rest my tired body but then the cold made it so uncomfortable to stay longer so went on inside our tent and drifted away to dreamland. The following day was spent going back to Malaybalay City when my knees finally gave up. I was in excruciating pain, I couldn't even move them. Fortunately, it was a few kilometers already from the main road so our guide ran ahead of us to get me a habal-habal (motorcycle). At end of that day, i went straight to work for my 12hr night duty. Up to now, i still got the scratches, bruises and the gradually dying toenails I sustained from the climb, but looking at them reminds me that the best memories in my life were nothing but beautiful views and good company. It's that simple!
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11 June - 15 June 2014
Wet. Damp. Slippery. Cold. Four words that would best describe my first multi-day hike and first time to climb mountains outside of Luzon.
Gradual ascent. It was raining en route to Manny's Garden, our campsite for the night. Went up to the summit of Mt. Dulang-dulang (2983 MASL) in the morning and much to our dismay, we didn't get any clearing. We can't stay any longer as we have to reach the bunker at the summit of Mt. Kitanglad before dark. The descent is a different story altogether. Steep descent with rappel portion. I had to stretch my body just so I can reach a root to hold on to or a rock to step on.
We did a traverse to Kitanglad. Review is part 1 of 2.
Photo at the summit of Mt. Dulang-dulang.
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