Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mt. Pulag

this is it pansit!

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!

*excited!!!*

18 comments:

Ferdz said...

uy buti bukas na ulit sya. Last week sarado paano me mga takas na bilanggo na nagtatgo dyan. Cguro nahuli na nila. Sama ko!!! hahaha

Naku kahit balik balikan ko yang bundok na yan di ako magsasawa. Enjoy there, yan ang pinaka magandandang summit na na akyat ko kahit yung Kota Kinabalu walang binatbat sa summit dyan. Well sa opinion ko. hehe

zherwin said...

ferdz, nabalitaan nga rin naman yan, siguro nga nahuli na. :)

sana huwag umulan para lubos-lubusan ang pag-eenjoy sa taas, ngayon lang ako nagpaka-OC sa mga dadalhin ko, sa ibang climb naman hindi hehehe, excited kasi! :)

Abaniko said...

Nge. Third highest lang pala ang Mt. Pulag. Sabi ko pa naman second highest sya. Anyway, kitakits tayo doon. Sana makarating man lang ako kahit sa campsite at makababa ng walang problema. Mababaw lang ang pangarap ko eh. Hehe.

zherwin said...

abaniko, basta maki-cooperate lang ang weather walang problema yan. magkita tayo sa taas, kapag me nakita kayong nagha-halloween party sa taas kami yun hehe. :)

Jerome aka Bridget Jones said...

aba, halloween party sa tuktok ng bundok??? hmmmmm....pityur ha? never kong na-try mag-bundok-bundok so i'll just drool in envy.

anyhoo, thanks for your comment in my entry and for dropping by. bibisitahin kita lagi. ingatz!

melai said...

kelan kaya ako makaka apak dyan ano? :)

Toe said...

Good luck Zherwin! And bring back lots of amazing photos! :)

lucille said...

wow! ang swerte nyo you can have that experience. gusto ko rin magtry umakyat ng bundok pero walang time. kaya luboslubosin niyo na 'yan!
Good luck!

intsik said...

ganda naman nito! good luck bai! as usual, kuha ng maraming picture! hehehehe i thought mt. kanlaon ang 2nd highest peak sa bansa? hmmmm.....

ingatz sa pag-akyat!

vernaloo said...

hello? hello? knock knock! buhay ka pa? hehehehe

zherwin said...

jerome, salamat din sa dalaw. :)

zherwin said...

melai, pagbalik mo, pwedeng-pwede, malapit lang naman yun, walking distance :D

zherwin said...

toe, and i am back!!! later na lang the kwento

zherwin said...

lucille, we can never be young forever so habang bata at kaya ng tuhod, sige lang, akyat... :)

zherwin said...

intsik, hintayin ang post, kaso konti lang ang pictures hehehe.

zherwin said...

verns, yes, buhay pa, as in i survived!!! :D

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