Nov. 26, 2015 8:10am, Flight 5J 598 touchdown Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City unevenfully. I heard the screech of landing gears and realized we were on the ground. it was such a relief to see Chief Mike Laagan waving to me just outside the arrival area. My new friends from Manila were all packed and ready to go, their excitement dampened a bit by the late arrival – me. Introductions were made and we head directly to SM Ecoland to buy supplies for the trek. Then we board a van bound for Digos City (fare P150).
Arriving at Digos City, we headed directly to the Tourism Office. Submitted medical clearance, paid P1000 for entry fee, issued permits; we are now allowed to climb.
Took a Van bound to kapatagan (fare P150). There is an ongoing road improvement project the entire stretch going to Kapatagan. The uphill trip sometimes covered with fog and visibility close to zero. It was 6:00pm when we finally arrived at Camp Linaw (accomodation P350). The pack will spend the night here in preparation for the long trek the following day.
Early morning we again boarded a van bound for Mainit-the jump-off point (fareP150). Another road project is ongoing in this area. Hopefully this road can be finished in 2016 and have a better and safer ride the next year after.
Prayers were offered and it’s now time to start the trek to Mt. Apo.
After an hour of trekking, the group had a brief stop-over at sitio Paradise. This is the last place you can buy additional supplies.
Around 12noon we had our lunch on trail somewhere at upper Sabwag.
By 2pm we passed by the first Water source. Water is not a problem when climbing Mt. Apo. A 1 liter water bottle (depending on individual consumption) can last until the next water source.
4pm, the group started pitching tents at Camp Godi-Godi. The place got its name from an old treasure hunter (named Godi of course) who inhabited the area some years back.
Early morning was a flurry of activities. We had to start early if we are to reach the summit to catch sunset.
..but first we have to conquer the dangerous boulders. After an hour of trek we reached the first boulders area.
By noon we were at Boracay Camp. We took our lunch and gathered enough energy for the last push. The second boulders awaiting and ready to test our endurance. This part of the trek is the most challenging.
Testament to the difficulty on our ascent of the second boulders is the absence of photos. I was focused on the safety aspect of the climb, totally forgetting to take pictures.
After 2 hours of the grueling ascent from Boracay Camp, we were rewarded with the sight of…well.. a foggy summit. Photo-ops will have to wait during sunrise the next day..
then came SUNRISE!..
Sitting at Mt. Apo, the highest point of Philippines, i can only wonder at how beautiful the creation of God perfectly arrange nature for us to enjoy. It is up to us to protect the environment and leave this beauty for the next generation.
I would not advise this to anybody, but i went to this adventure without any form of training or exercise. I made it to the top through sheer enthusiasm and will power. I did not feel at any moment that i can’t make it or could go no further; for how could i, when at every turn, surprising vistas presents itself. i can only stare in awe every step of the way.
Prayer of thanks were offered, then it was time to say goodbye to this majestic mountain.
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