the climb that i've been waiting for the last three months, the highest peak in luzon and the third highest in the philippines.
Mt. Pulag as describe by waypoints.ph:
...is considered the 2nd highest mountain in the Philippines, next to Mt. Apo of Mindanao with only a few meters difference. It is considered as one of the most beautiful National Parks in the Cordillera Area. Mt. Pulag is typically different from the rainforest mountains in the Philippines because of its open area (no trees mountain). It also has its distinct characteristics of changing color on different occasions and season. During the dry season, Mt. Pulag is brown similar to the chocolate Hills of Bohol. During the Rainy Monsoon season, it will vary from light green to rich dark green rolling plains, almost similar to a well maintained golf course. Local People believed that is was, and is a play ground of the gods.
well, officially, pulag is the 3rd highest with an elevation of 9,610 ft, next to Mt. Apo (9,689 ft) and Mt. Dulang-Dulang (9,637 ft). whether its the 2nd or the 3rd, not really my concern this time, basta, aakyatin namin sya. :)
we'll be leaving tomorrow night for Baguio, then to Kabayan, Benguet, to Ambuklao dam, to DENR and then to Akiki jump off point. we will be traversing the Akiki-Ambangeg trails (the killer trail, so they say, so help us God). hopefully we will be on the saddle November 3 at around 3 pm where we are going to set our camp and enjoy the frost! we'll go down the next day, november 4, so good luck to us. :)
(photo borrowed from yapak mountaineers)
hah! i am excited and nervous, also a bit worried about the freezing temperature up there (will four pairs of camera batteries be enough to last the entire climb?) and hopefully there wouldn't be any rain.
heard from abaniko that about a hundred more will be joining a fun climb organized by the kabayan tourism office and aside from the other mountaineering groups who'll be doing their own climb, fiesta ito!!! so this weekend, Mt. Pulag is the place to be!