At Zero Degrees and Beyond

Have you noticed I included some more items in my To Do List? Pano naman 1st quarter palang of the year, almost half of it are done already. Since I wanted to challenge myself more, I included some items that are never planned at all.

One of these is mountain climbing. Im really not a fan. I admit Im never interested to do this. Last year I started making trips which are way out of my comfort zone - like Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Pinatubo Trek, Sagada, and DIY Calaguas. Surprisingly, these trips are the most memorable and awesome adventures I ever had. Then maybe I should also include mountain climbing in my list. Probably I will also have another awesome experience.

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To make it more exciting, I chose a place where the temperature becomes ZERO DEGREES. Oh yeah, freezing level coldness. Interesting, may ganyan kalamig na lugar sa Pinas! The mountain's name is Mt.Pulag. It's in Benguet.

Mt.Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. The highest
peak in Luzon. Acdg to http://www.pinoymountaineer.com's entry about the Philippine's highest mountains, Mt.Pulag (2922m) is only 34m short of Mt.Apo (2956m)! Had I known these facts earlier, I would choose a not so high mountain for my first ever climb. Ü

This blog always promotes Do It Yourself trips, ayoko ng package.
Those are only for people who dont have time to plan and research. Planning and researching are part of the travel, just so you know. But when I found out that it is way cheaper if you travel with a group, then it's time to join a group. Yes, I availed a tour package provided by Tripinas. They charge P3500 for an all in package but I think it's still expensive. But anyway since wala namang akong camping equipments, hmpf gola na!

Our group met in cubao and after we're introduced to each other we headed to the bus station. We arrived in Baguio at 5am. Kung dati "ngatog" ang mararamdaman mo, ngayon keri lang walang jacket. Mainit na talaga kahit saan. The rented jeep awaits us. This will take us to Benguet.


the ride to Pulag

Climbers must register and be briefed first at DENR station. We attended a short orientation here.


ready ka na ba?
andami palang mountaineering groups

After that, roadtrip ulit. Zigzag roads are fine, what I dont like is the rocky and dusty road. Jeepney windows are closed too kaya ang init. It's diffucult to breath and at the same time I felt like Im eating all the dust (artsy mode).

Finally after many stopover, we reached the ranger station. This is the drop off point for the Ambangeg trail. This is the easiest trail. Ambisyosa naman ako if I take Akiki "the Killer" trail.

ranger station with many climbers

After eating lunch provided by Tripinas, I changed my outfit for trekking and put some SPF70 sunblock provided by Ms.Joy. Sosyalin mga kasama ko. They are classmates in Spanish class. Sir Cheeks had a watch with a built in temperature and altitude reader. Sowsyal (social) climbing it is! Ü


Btw, porters are available for only P250 per way. Yes I availed it kahit magaan yung bag ko. I dont want my back to suffer after this weekend.


meet the lady porters

Gulat ka no? Yes, babae ang mga na-assigned saming porters. Kakaawa na sila magbibitbit ng bags namin pero at least I helped them earn money that day.


trek to Mt.Pulag is 7.5kms

Sounds easy but bare in mind this is not a flat surface. This is uphill climb. Inferness, for the last 3 weekends, I did some biking and running for preparation. Tara let's trek!


The view is gloomy. Forest fires are everywhere. The mountains are brown not green. The rivers are dry. Effect talaga ng El Nino. Sadness.

gloomy weather and gloomy view

Along the way, the local guide picked some blackberries. Ang alam ko lang na blackberry ay yung high end na phone. Ü

ms.Pam and the blackberries

Tuloy lang ang lakad. There are times nahihingal ako so I stopped. I had a trekking pole but I dont find it useful. Seriously. So tinapon ko.

signages along the way

reminds me that HIS burdens are light

After an hour, we reached Camp 1. Pahinga + harutan time with Jacq, Rina, and Bj.

few more steps to camp 1

the missing C

ahem, what's the hand sign for Gordon?

Camp 2 and Summit - next entry na yan. Ü


62 responses:

Chyng said...

home sweet home ♥

(sakit ng katawan ko after nyan)

Chyng said...

btw, sa mga nagppressure sakin magblog:

gusto nyo sakalin ko kayo?! haha

danda07 said...

go go! :) kayang kaya mo yan!

Anonymous said...

nice chyng!!! heehehhe!

MarcoPaolo said...

wow... chyng! certified traveller ka na talaga!

Ibyang said...

ang galing mo naman. that's true, traveling starts with planning and research. maaring sponstaneous ang travel ng isang tao pero kailangan pa rin ng kahit konting preparation.

nice photos. i've never imagined myself going there but learning about your experience doesn't seem too overwhelming.

kg said...

grabe ka chyng ha. inggit ako...dami mo na nagawa this year!!! :)

the only mountain i've climbed is mt. makiling. and i'm yearning to climb again! and yes, masakit talaga yan sa katawan!

pusang kalye said...

naku---parang entrada palang to---siguro dyan palang bagsak nako---di pwede yung osteoporosis ko sa mga ganyan kalalaking bag....me mountaineering bag ako dito----less the mountaineer.hehe

maka-villar sila? gogogo!!! lol

Pukaykay said...

I knew it, when its kinda taking you too long to blog, youre definitely into a new adventure.

Ang saya!

pusang kalye said...

oi---di ako kasama sa mga nang pressure ha...cge, next part, yung akyatan part na dali!!!hehe

princess_dyanie said...

haller? di kaya ako kasama sa mga nag pressure sayo. haha! :P

oh my te! parang naawa naman ako sa mga porters. eh parang malaki pa arms ko sa kanila eh.

cge, ikaw na nga ang nka bonnet na makulay haha!

o nasan na yung next? o dba hindi ako kasama sa mga nag pressure sayo? ;)

ann said...

wow, another trip for chyng! ang galing tlga... idol... mas masaya pa nga ito sa Mt. Tapusi ko... wla pa atang 1/4 ung Mt. Tapusi ko... hahaha

i went to Anda nga pla nung Holy Week... naalala ko kc sbi mo kya pumunta ko... haha nag-DIY trip din ako...

buhayprinsesa said...

uy di kita pnressure ah! slight lang..hahaha nice chyng galing mo tlaga! next time sama ako

gillboard said...

ang astig naman ng mga trip mo ngayon chyng... minsan mag-aya ka naman... hehehe

May said...

wow! I love it! Looking forward sa part 2!

caloy said...

nakakainggit naman! susmarya! gusto ko din mag-ganto! hahahaha!

nicquee said...

Nakakaloka ka, Chyng! Masarap mamundok although naka 2 lang ako kasi after that, nag-asawa ako at nagka-anak. I wish to go back though. Maybe in the future pag tapos na ako magpalaki ng mga anak ko.

Another nice trek is Pico de Loro, eto yung may beach sa baba. :)

Will wait for the sequel.

Jepoy said...

super astig! I'm so impressed galing naman. Basta kung ano man madagdag sa checklist mo iblog mo lang ng iblog... I'm a fan :-D

DRAKE said...

CONGRATS!!

Ang galing galing naman! Bakit parang naiingit ako!

Saka hangga din ako sa mga pix mo! Ang galing talaga!

Iintayin ko mga adventures mo pa!

ingat

docgelo said...

grabe ka talaga chyng! i really admire your passion for lakwatsa! haha... ang husay pang photographer! naks. =)
zero degrees? dinaig pa ang lamig sa spring sa tokyo na nadanasan ko 3 weeks ago na 2 degrees. don't you miss it? init sa manila ano? hehehe. next post, please =)

docgelo said...

btw, i've read in your to do list, mag outreach program ka.. uy invite mo bloggers, baka free ako, sama ko (invited ko na sarili ko, haha) just please define the location; baka naman sa mountain province yan o sa mulanay, hehehe.

docgelo said...

btw, i've read in your to do list, mag outreach program ka.. uy invite mo bloggers, baka free ako, sama ko (invited ko na sarili ko, haha) just please define the location; baka naman sa mountain province yan o sa mulanay, hehehe.

Chyng said...

@danda,
xtian ikaw ba yan?

@marco,
hindi pa siguro, newbie lang ako.

@ibyang,
where are you based? add kita sa blogroll ko. Ü

@kg,
makiling? hhmm mahirap yata han eh, pass muna ko. next yr ulit. drag dyanie with you! haha

@anton,
sakalin na kita bago ka ikasal, gusto mo?

@jamie,
hi jamie! korek ka jan. hihi
ikaw din madalang magblog lately. why?

@dyanie,
true! malaki pa braso natin tapos sila magbubuhat.. hhmm san next gala natin? ayoko manood ng Babe I love you ha. please!

@ann,
where is this mt.tapusi? ah yung sa montalban?
anda, did you also go to hundred islands?

Chyng said...

@ai,
oo nga sayang. sana ininform kita.
add kita sa blogroll ko. Ü

@gilbert,
anu ba, di ba inaaya nga kita jan..
kilala mo yung sinabe ko sayong agent?

@may,
hi may! mga next week pa ha. mabagal ako magblog. Ü

@caloy,
talaga? adventures ka pala, at hey! buhay ang blog mo. kala ko dinelete mo na?

@nicquee,
really, 2 mountains? nice! and that pico de loro sounds intersting..

@jepoy,
si jepoy ay fan ko? weh! hehe ayain sana kita kaso di mo bet tong climb climb. Ü

@drake,
thank you. yung next set mas mapanget pa yugn shots ko. foggy na kasi.

@docgelo,
spring nila is 2deg? hehe amazing! actually that night hindi nagZERO kasi wala namang yelo na naform paggising namin. mga about 4-6 lang. pero kahit na, compared to 36temp in manila, 6 deg is wayyycolder na.

and yes I will invite all of you sa outreach. salamat sa pagvolunteer. Ü

ʎonqʎʇıɔ said...

omg parang masaya! kaso.. haha di ako pang ganyang outdoors. baka ma-badtrip ka lang sakin. haha

nhan said...

astig naman.. buti ka pa nakarating na sa Mt. Pulag, i have been longing to visit and climb that mountain pero wala nang time busy sa work... :(

Lawstude said...

cool. i am really amazed on how a pretty little girl like you could venture into so many adventures. you are truly living the life chyng. ang galing galing.

princess_dyanie said...

wow te! is that chu? sumasagot sa mga comments? hahahah! see, people change hahahaha!

aba, at pinapa drag mo pa ko kay kg sa makiling ah. last time i went there was yearssssssssss ago haha so baka di ko na kaya. haha.

sory te nakapanood na ko ng movie. di na kita inaya dahil alam ko naman na idedecline mo lang ako tse ka. alis tayoooooo!!!

princess_dyanie said...

wow te! is that chu? sumasagot sa mga comments? hahahah! see, people change hahahaha!

aba, at pinapa drag mo pa ko kay kg sa makiling ah. last time i went there was yearssssssssss ago haha so baka di ko na kaya. haha.

sory te nakapanood na ko ng movie. di na kita inaya dahil alam ko naman na idedecline mo lang ako tse ka. alis tayoooooo!!!

Ann said...

yup, tapusi is in montalban... ung pinag-outreachan namin...

hindi eh... out of the way kc ung hundreds.. next na uwi ko na lang. tga pangasinan naman ako eh... hahaha... pero mas tinatarget ko la union pag-uwi ko ng province... lapit din un samin...

if u need a house to stay.. sbhin mo lng pwd sa bahay ko...

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

naggagandahan kalikasan,
nag gagandahan lugar,
nag gagandahang picture,
at syempre naggagandahang traveler!
si chyng yung pinakanaggagandahan!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Glad you finally dipped your toes into trekking. Yan ang paborito ko. Next time, Mt. Apo ka na.

abenglaham said...

lupit mo tlga chyng.lagi mo kami napapa wow sa blog mo.kakainggit

Sendo said...

wow..parehos pala tayo ng naging adventure..pero lam mo..inde kami ganyan ka mountaineer looking haha.....haha...first time namin un..ipopost ko siya

wow..nice shots!!! ^^

Chyng said...

@nyl,
perstaymer lang din ako. actaully lahat kami.

@nhan, siguro wag mo muna ivist ngayon kasi hindi maganda yung view. brown yung bundok at puro forest fires..

@oman,
naks! thank you! Ü
and btw, you're the first one who told me im really living the life. katuwa naman yun. hope makasama ko ang isang pioneer traveler/blogger like you in the future. apir!

@dyanie,
te! pinaghandaan ko pagbabalik mo kaya nagreply ako sa comments. beh!
ansipag ko no?

@ann,
wow thanks sa offer!

@ever,
haha harot nito.. Ü

@nomadic,
kaya ko ba bag mt.apo? kapagod din maghike. taas ng tingin ko sa mga mountaineers.. di ko gets passion nila.

@abeng,
sama ka sakin minsan!

@sendo,
ah really? nagpulag ka din. lemme see!

mishi said...

hi chyng,

been waiting for this post actually haha! learned about it wen I visited claire's site. Congrats for ur 1st hike. More to come! (for sure!) Kaya lng, bitin eh hehe. Next part pls... ;)

Kat said...

When did you climb? I thought of climbing Mt. Pulag when I was in Baguio, hehehe :)

mjmenor said...

hi there! waw hanep naman Mt. Pulag talaga ang first climb. Balik ka via AKIKI nman, ul LOVE it! Im so impressed cos ur the type of person that will really pursue something that u want. Congrats! I like the way u blog. Informative at nakakaaliw.

Ako after succeeded Mt Pulag, kahit pagod feeling HIGH and inspired pa din. I cant forget the chilly feeling at the summit. Sobrang lamigggggg!!:D

lechua said...

wow quite an ambitious first climb. i'm always amazed at the lady porters. how long did it take u to get to the summit? our highest mountain Mt Kota Kinabalu in malaysia is 4095m high - never hiked it before haha..

Palito said...

Wow! I always wanted to go to Mt. Pulag, pero iniisip ko pa lang na isa sya sa highest mountains dito sa atin, nanghihina na ako.

Ingat lagi sa mga travels. =)

leizlmarie said...

astig ng adventures mo.. want to travel around Pinas din.. sana masubukan ko din yan..

Chyng said...

@mishi,
yeah nagdrop ako ng comment kay cliare. hehe

@kat,
april9-11.

@mj,
a real mountaineer in the house! woohoo! ako hindi talaga. fulfilling but i got really tired. no way for the killer trail. para lang sa inyo yun. ;)

@lechua,
4095m?! i dont think so. haha how many days will it take to reach the summit?

@palito,
madali lang pramis, kaso kapagoda after. asan na yung cdo?

@leizl,
hi there! astig ba? heheompared sa iba im just a homebody. ;)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

ibang klase ka talaga..pati pag mountain climbing sinubukan mo na..di ako magtataka kung ang pag sky diving masubukan mo rin,hehe..

caloy said...

hindi ko naman maiiwan ang first love ko eh. :) cheers!

the donG said...

kahanga hanga talaga ang mga byahe mo lately. nakalinya na rin itong pulag ko this year.

salamat sa preview. lupit ng unang quarter... ano na lang sa dadating na buwan.

the donG said...

kahanga hanga talaga ang mga byahe mo lately. nakalinya na rin itong pulag ko this year.

salamat sa preview. lupit ng unang quarter... ano na lang sa dadating na buwan.

vanny said...

kamusta?
anw, parang di ko kaya yung mt pulag. sa sobrang arte ko. ;p

Sendo said...

sige camp 2 na...andun naman ung sakin sa blog haha...amateurs kami eh haha

mjmenor said...

kc naman first hike mo major agad. hehe I am happy i saw our tarps (CCMC) in your photos. Dun sa mga mountaineering group. Ngaun ko lng napansin. :D

Khit sumakit ang katawan mo, in the future days hahanapin mo na ang pagkaka climb. that's for sure! and then u will ask urself if nandun ka na at nahihirapan (bakit ako nagpapakahirap at nagpapakagod na ganito when i can have all the comfort i want??!) mga ganun. :D Goodluck on your future adventures.

Chyng said...

@arvin,
life is short!

@caloy,
wow really?

@doms,
sana kasi sumabay kana sakin last week sa pulag. hihi

@vanny,
skip the beach, mountain climbing naman! Ü

@sendo,
pareho taong newbie!

@mj,
"bakit ako nagpapakahirap at nagpapakagod na ganito when i can have all the comfort i want??!" tumpak! hehe kanya kanyang passion talaga. cheers to yours! Ü

Ibyang said...

hi Chyng!
i'm based in Sydney. :) thanks for adding me. will add you too.

when ka namin mag-visit sa Sydney?
hehe. sana dito ka naman mag-adventure.

Allen said...

Actually ate chyng, akala ko 2nd highest peak to sa Pilipinas. So alin ang 2nd?

Had I known that you weren't aware of the height of Mt. Pulag, edi sana nasabi ko sayo. haha. When I told a friend who happened to have a mountaineer sister, she said, buti di daw ako sumama. Kasi, for a beginner, try daw muna yung mas mababa like Pico De Loro o kahit ano other than Pulag. haha. Daredevil ka talaga! :)

Nagyeyelo ba sa taas?

Chyng said...

@ibyang,
afford ko ba jan? di yata... hihi

@allen,
alam ko allen, pero alam mo naman tayo risk more, enjoy more!
sana kasama ka kasi...

Anonymous said...

hi, Chyng! lyn here. I find ur blog so entertaining, informative n helpful. I enjoyed reading ur adventures. Im inspired to see more places and do more things like mountain climbing, water rafting,camping...etc.

Btw, would like to know if its okey to climb mt. pulag even if it's my first time to do mountain climbing?...

Chyng said...

Hi Lyn!
Thank for the kind words.
Im a newbie too. Pulag is the first mountain I dared to climb. You can do it too, basta ng proper attire. Ü

Anonymous said...

Good pm!lyn here.tnx for d reply.
hope to join conquer pulag of travel factor on may 22-23, 2010.

Chyng, may idea ka ba abt potipot island?...pinagpipilian kasi namin ng mga kaopismate ko kung anawangin cove or potipot kami?...

Chyng said...

^ hey that's great. basta wag bring right outfit, kakayanin mo yung lamig sa taas.

potipot or anawangin: here's Jamie's blog:

potipot:
http://pukaykay.blogspot.com/2010/01/jimenez-goes-to-potipot.html

para fair, eto din blog entry nya sa anawagnin:
http://pukaykay.blogspot.com/2010/04/possible-ba-na-day-tour-lang-capones.html..

now decide. Ü

arze arce said...

whaaaa I miss Mt.Pulag... kelan kaya meh mapad2 dyan again... n sna yung akiki trail naman ang mah try koh...

songhye said...

nice blog...ganda! nabitin ako magbasa... thanks te Pam also.. (^o^) next post please... and more photos... \\^o^//

Chyng said...

^ hi! are you part of our group nila ms.Pam?
here's the 2nd entry:
http://riandrew.blogspot.com/2010/04/take-peak-at-mtpulag.html

Mustachio said...

Wow, you've been to Mt Pulag :-)Will get my butt there soon. Hopefully. Thanks for sharing.

Mel said...

Been reading your posts and I'm already a fan. :)

Na-alarm lang ako when you said tinapon mo yung trekking pole which I hope I'm not taking it literally kasi dapat laging practiced ang LNT (Leave No Trace) principle sa bundok. What you bring up you need to bring down. :) Been climbing for almost three years now and I get mad sa dami ng basura sa bundok na naiiwan/iniiwan. I have been to Pulag twice and I still want to go back. :)

Cheers on your adventures, keep safe!

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