Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Leech Saga

I hurt my foot while descending the summit but I had no time to dwell on the misery. To  keep me sane, I just put on my battle self...meaning the edgy, maldita and moody me. Well, that's my definition of battle! We left the magical Nailig at around 12:30. We just entered the forest again when I realized that my glasses was missing. There was no way I'm going to leave without it so I told them I had to go back. Pong accompany me. There was a tricky cross to the campsite so Pong offered to get the glasses. I'm happy he found it...unfortunately, it was broken. I don't know who did but I'm convinced the boyfriend unknowingly broke it. :| I was pretty pissed with the broken glasses that I focused myself on the path. No pictures were taken until about an hour of walking. 

Description from right to left. That's the view of the Sulfuric River - our target destination. The pissed me. Our first longer stop. The boyfriend posed for the camera..pretty pissed too.
After about 3 hours of walking from Lake Nailig, we reached Sulfuric River. The smell was awful but the view was magnificent. The guide told us we should never take long because we were super behind our schedule.

The Sulfuric River Photo Shoot. See my attire? I was told that after the sulfuric river, the leech saga will start. I'm pretty afraid of leech so I make an ULTRA effort not to expose any of my precious skin. :P

After 15 minutes of walking, we finally reach the half of the trail - the Rancho at 4:30 PM. The first thing I did was to check if I have "alimatok" on my clothes. I was pretty paranoid. Yay! I was leech-free!  On our schedule, we were supposed to reach Rancho earlier for our lunch. While everyone settled thinking of a quick rest and lunch, the guide disrupt the peace by saying we might need to camp there. I was like..."ooooohhhh no!".

We still have an estimated 5 hours trail to conquer. It's already 4:30 PM. We didn't have our lunch yet. Given the preparation and lunch, the estimated time we could leave the Rancho is after an hour...add it to 5 hours, we  were expected to reach the city at 10:30 PM. The guide discussed the perils of night trekking especially that not all of us have headlights. The group discussed and reached a consensus...we have to stay for another night. But we have a problem...we don't have any food left. How do we survive the dinner and the breakfast the next day?!

Because it's nearing dinner already, we decided that we won't eat lunch. Our lunch will be our dinner. Then for breakfast, fortunately some of us brought extras. Yay! When the decision was finalized, the guide told us to set up our camp immediately if we want to visit Twin Falls. Everyone was quite delighted upon hearing the revelation. Finally, we can have our bath for the day.

Twin Falls. To reach twin falls, we have to brave a 15-minute steep and slippery path. But after seeing the raw beauty of the falls all of our angst turned to glory. We didn't stay long though because we don't want the dark impaired our path on the way back.

My tent mates seemed to have a consensus to sleep early that night while others we're busy playing cards right beside our tent. The noise didn't affect our dreamland time at all.

The next day, we woke up and prepare early ready for the final leg. And after continuous walk, we reached the final stop around 4 PM. =)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Summit

From Evernote:

The Summit

The summit was breathtaking. You could see the campsite, Lake Nailig and another lake. The guide told us it was Lake Danao. Unlike the other summit I've been (Osmeña Peak), Mt. Talinis summit is so cramped. There was no space where we could have our group picture so we just content ourselves in batches.

I've never been afraid of heights or anything except snakes...but I let the chance to climb the summit tree pass. Maybe, next time. Besides only a few have tried. I don't want to appear as if I was braving death by doing so. 

We gathered our pack before climbing the summit, ready for pickup after. It was an hour ultra uphill battle. The ground was wet and slippery. I can't remember the number of times I stopped to catch my breath. Each time hoping, the steep terrain would stop.But it never did. Climb...climb..and more climb!

When finally the guide announce that we're almost there, I was exhilarated. Finally!!! 

We didn't stay at the summit long. After some shots, we decided to descend. We had our group shot at the camp site at around 12:30 PM. was bye-bye Lake Nailig.

Up Next: The Leech Saga

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Climb: Next 4 Hours To Paradise

From Evernote:

The Climb: Next 4 Hours To Paradise

After the well-appreciated rest and lunch break, we were back on the trail at 15 minutes to 3 PM. This time, we were in hurried steps considering our almost 3 hours schedule lag. Despite that, the boyfriend and I still managed to document our way. 

Then we had our first major stop after an hour of continuous walking, climbing and crawling. It was definitely a leap to our previous 30-minute pace. I fondly remembered that place as the "porn site". It actually took me a while to realize what they were smiling about. Haha! See the hole in my picture above, we had to go through that to reach the porn site. 

The guide give us about 5 minutes to rest then we continued. The path this time is covered with roots. It was too risky that the boyfriend didn't have the chance to take a picture. After 15 minutes the path ended with a beautiful tree and a scenery. Well, time for photo shoot again! :D

The 80-degree descent came after. We were told to give each other a meter distance because the path was so steep. Kuyacoy offered to take our picture. Yay! 

Kuyacoy kept the camera for the rest of the trail so the boyfriend (and I) wasn't able to take a picture along the way. After about one and a half hour, we reached Lake Nailig at around 6 PM. 

The lake was so magnificent. It took all my pains away. Upon reaching the camp grounds, I then picked a place for our tent. The others wasted no time too. Work while the sun is still up! 

Dinner was served at 8 PM, as always courtesy of the BRB guys. Because I can't cook, I volunteered to do the dish washing with Banky and the boyfriend as supports. They fetch water from the lake. I was too late to realize that the lake is mostly rain water so it's unlike ordinary water. I was puzzled why despite my efforts to scrub the utensils with detergent, they're still slippery.

After dinner, some had fun dancing to Momo's music. I was too tired to join. Then, the rain came. That was my last record. I don't know what happens to the others after.

Up Next: 
The Summit

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Climb: First 4 Hours

Our host was already at the port waiting, when we arrived at Dumaguete around 2 AM. We were told to rest until 5:30 AM. I didn't get rest though. I was so excited I dragged the time.  When the alarm sounds, I quickly gather my clothes and took a bath. As I was putting on my face powder, thunder and rain came. I was hoping not to hear from them. 

Oh well, this is it. Rain or shine, we must proceed.

While waiting...pictures2x!

While waiting for the others to get ready, I proceeded to my favorite activity - picture taking! Haha! And because I was so amazed at how my getup turn-out, I pissed the boyfriend with my annoying getup pictures again. :D

Minimal skin exposure! =D

Then the Jeepney arrived. We had breakfast at "Connies Silog Meals". I'm glad they served foods other than "-silog". I had "nilat-ang baka". 

Breakfast at Connie's!

Then we're good to go. We reached Dauin, the starting point at around 8:45 AM. It was raining. After some preparations and a prayer, we started the long journey towards our lunch stop - Lake Yagumyum. It was expected that we would reach there in 4 hours. We started our journey at around 9:00 AM.

Let the hunger games begin!

I expected a long walk not a long climb. Exhaustion weeps over me after 10 minutes of braving the muddy uphill battle. But seeing everyone struggling to move despite the heavy breathing, I kept my pace. Another 10 minutes...then another 10...and we had our first stop.

First stop!
The boyfriend had an aberration!

I can't remember how many times I stopped to catch my breath. Each time, I asked myself how on earth did I get there. What was I thinking?! And if only I could go back...I amused myself by taking pictures. I make it a point to take a picture every time we stop. I want to remember the place, the time, the number of stops we had and everything about the journey. It may be annoying to most, but it's only in pictures that I cannot forget.

2nd Stop!
Banky is still alive, awake, enthusiastic!

Just after our 2nd major stop (see picture above), Banky had muscle cramps so we had to stop at a rock on the edge of a ravine. 

Waiting for Banky Stop!

I got bored waiting so I went back some meters away from the ravine just so I could take Banky's souvenir pose. :P

Kaya mo yan, Banky!!!

When Banky was able to stand, we were back on track. Adrian (the guide) opt to carry Banky's back-up so as not to strain his injured foot. I offered to carry our cloth tent. After almost 20 minutes, we reach an amazing point - the ridge (I mispronounced it as rej). We took pictures and admire the view. Banky's foot got crampy again.


After the ridge, we had some minor stops. Found a water source and had our water bottles refilled. Then finally, we reached Lake Yagumyum! Lunch at last. =)

Nature Spring Water!

The boyfriend was super hungry that when I asked him to take a picture, he nagged. :( I wasn't able to take a picture of our lunch. Anyways, at this point in time, food is so much better than pictures so  I oblige. I just had my fill of memories after my stomach is filled.


Up Next...
The Climb: Next 4 Hours To Paradise

Yes to Mt. Talinis

In preparation for the much-anticipated Mt. Talinis Climb, last June 15-16 I was able to visit Osmeña Peak again.

My attempt to create a long post failed. Not feeling chatty today. So I'll just post my favorite Osmeña Pictures!