I was supposed to be in Leyte and Samar, so the climb was not planned in the first place. The late night I was packing my baggage I was not so prepared for the tedious trek. I'm climbing a major mountain tomorrow was all I knew. With very little sleep, I woke up early and traveled for 3 hours from my workplace in Malaybalay City to my hometown Pangantucan. After securing my climb permit, I took a habal-habal to Mandum, Mendis for the jump-off.
I looked for a guide. Good thing I convinced a young man, though not yet seasoned to guide. We started the trek at 10 am which I knew was already very late.
We arrived at the Camp1 by 11:30 and did waterloading. The rain poured down mercilessly so we stayed at a home nearby. I never wanted to soak in the rain with only 1/8 of the trek completed. I cooked, took our lunch and stayed for very long until the rain halted.
It was 1 pm when we resumed the trek. The air was still uncomfortably misty, the grass wet and the soil muddy.
We reached at the Bukobuko sa Anay by 2:30 pm. To my disappointment, Muleta Falls which would stun every climber's eyes was nowhere in view. I trod the supposedly wonderful site with all-white view and a guide so distant that I seldom see. The rain abundantly blessed (pestered) me while panting my way up.
We arrived at the Sako Camp by 4:30 pm and took a short rest under the rain. The cold enveloped my system, weakened me and made me shiver. We were 2hours away from the peak.
We continued the trek and decided to camp at the diversion to the peak and the bamboo camp. The heavens cast an abundant shower almost the whole night.
The morning started calm. The sun shed his rays inside the cool and fresh forest.
We headed to the summit by 8:00 am. In less than an hour, there we were. I took advantage of the view which I knew would hide right away. I saw other high mountains of the country--- Mt. Apo and Mt. Pianggayungan.
|Mt. Pianggayungan of Lanao del Sur, the 7th highest peak of the country.|
|Mt. Apo, the country's highest, floats above the clouds.|
True, a heavy raincloud chased the little sunshine until the sun finally went off-duty again.
Back to our camp, I decided not to traverse to Mt. Lumpanag for my energy would surely be worthless. I was disheartened to climb another mountain when all I see is white.
We left the camp by 10:00 am and trailed our way back.
We reached the viewing spot of Muleta Falls at Bukobuko sa Anay by 11:30 am. I decided to wait for the clouds to clear to view the falls. The rain poured again but never scared me. I took my rain cover and we sat by there to prove I am tougher than the rain. And it halted after an hour --- 12:30 pm.
We hastily took our lunch. And gradually, I felt the sun starting to hit my skin. The clouds were starting to fly away.
Yes! The view got clearer. Muleta Falls showed! I chased every bit of that view. The outgoing and upcoming clouds added to the wonderful sight. Clouds came and went while I waited...
AND IT NEVER LASTED LONG...
After barely 10 minutes, gigantic clouds again covered my surroundings. So I just enjoyed the moments above the clouds.
Barely past 1:00 pm, the rain poured again so we trekked down, all soaked and cold. I was back at the jump-off by 4:00 pm.
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