Monday, March 4, 2013

Pulag Pre-Climb 2: Hello Kan-irag!

By trying to learn to blog non-me-ishly, I (might) have missed some juicy and unforgettable moments on the climb this weekend. So if your up for a compacted detail of my adventures, just visit "The Wanderfull Life" otherwise continue reading.

If you have forgotten what happens to last last month's climb in Mt. Lanaya, go visit it again. I might be blabbering some things related to the last climb.

Are you ready? Hope you are cause I can't wait to tell you about it. :)

Before Kan-irag

I was really excited about the climb. Been reading about Kan-irag since it was announced as official. But then things happened. By the first week of February, I was chosen as one of the candidates for our company's US training. It was tagged as ASAP so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to join the climb. I was transferred to night shift. And unfortunately, I was having a hard time adjusting to that change.

I wasn't really into the US travel thingy because I am having problems with my name. But then as the processing progresses, the chances of me getting that illusive visa became clearer. Instead of happiness, I got scared. I'll be missing a lot if I go. I was in a state of conflict...wondering how would I adjust to a new environment, taking some preventive steps on missing people and lots and lots of things. Being not good in abrupt changes, I actually made the necessary measures to prepare myself for the travel. And just when I thought I was ready...the news came out. The travel was cancelled. And...a heavy load was lifted in my shoulder. Finally!

And that's where the problem with pursuing Kan-irag climb start. I was happy the travel was cancelled but then I started to have headaches...more unwanted feelings followed. It must have been the disappointment so to get even with myself, I wanted to deprive me of something I wanted so much. Thinking it would take me back to where I once been before the US travel came. Sort of a wake up call. (Yes! Yes! I do this all the time. Punishing myself for something I'm not in control. Tsk!) I was wrong. I might not know if I'd be happier if I really cancelled it but right now...that climb was my saving grace.

Why saving grace?

Because if you remembered at Lanaya, I spoke of how I slowed the group. This time, non of those happen. I was quick and energetic. Taking each stride with the thought of reaching the peak as fast as I can. I feel limitless. I've thought of a number of reasons for that sudden burst of energy. One of those is maybe the happiness of being able to continue old bag..and the new activity - badminton TTHs. We also joined the SM 2 SM fun run so more or less, my body was in perfect shape. I hope I'll be that energetic in climbing Mt. Pulag too. Wish me luck.

And finally, Kan-irag...

Meet-up was in Jollibee at Gaisano Talamban at 8:45 AM.And because I just decided that we would continue the trip when I woke up that Saturday morning, Migo and I were in a rush. I was not feeling very well. I know I wouldn't be my usual self, so I decided to detached myself from my closest friends in the group.

Then the journey started. Little by little as the number of steps accumulated, the heavy feeling went away. I was almost back to myself when I reached the camp site. We were early by almost an hour. The sun was still up and the heat was biting. I had Migo setup camp immediately. After settling down, the cook set owners proceeded to prepare dinner while the others capture the view...and our first sunset at a camp site...EVER!

It wasn't long before dinner was ready...probably our earliest meal on the trek. Yay! The food was good. "Spam" never failed us again. And the new addition of "Campbell" soup was just amazing. It was the best meal ever! I would be looking forward to more meals like that. Haha! Adding one reason to why I climb. Ahaha!

After the meal, the group formed a circle and played games. We played 3 in all. The first game was called "King's Cup". I was so proud for not being able drink alcohol as punishment. Wish I never blurted it out. By the 2nd set, they made it their goal to punish me. Damn! I hate them for that and lost my cool. Later realized it was just a game. Ahaha! And thinking that being the last to be punished was luck enough brought me back on track. LOL The 2nd game was "Samyuko2x". It's played by clapping every 3,6 and 9s in a number series.  Ohhhh! I aced again. Haha! I forgot the name of the 3rd game. Maybe because I was very horrible at that. I hate memorization. Grrrrr! And my direction deficiency was magnified. I just can't get it right. I was happy that game didn't last long. :P And then dreamland.

The next day we woke up around 6 AM, just in time to greet the sunrise. I then tag Migo to do my favorite part of the climb...picture taking. Ahahaha! Then breakfast was served. Then off we bid Kan-irag goodbye. :)

For improvements

The climb was almost perfect except for some things:

1. Allocations.
Migo was so annoying to keep on reminding everyone that some people were not able to give the allocated 1 liter for the group. Damn! To solve that, I'll volunteer to be the checker for these things. I'll collect the food and the water...then I will also be the one to distribute the trash. The trash distribution would be...just return what was shared, this time...empty. Also, an amount for common usage like butane should be collected. Will have to ask the cook set owners how much they would need for this.

2. Tasks.
Again some roles were not followed. There was no time keeper. The only visible and working roles are the head and tail. Something should be done with this. Also, the cooker and dish washer. Despite not owning a cook set, everyone should take turns in cooking and dish washing. Will have to ask someone to facilitate this.


Will I couldn't ask for more. It was everything that I hope for...maybe even more. Weeeeeee! To end this post, go and browse the pics I have at the other blog because I will only be posting my solo pics here. Ahahaha!