I had fun when I went on Solo Dayhike and at time I couldn't imagine how hard and tiring it would be for hikers carrying heavy loads for 2 days of adventure. Hiking enthusiasts knew how craggy and long the trek would take.
And so there I was, trekking for 8 hours just to reach the camp site. I was with fellow hikers, Sir Erwin and Sir Joel, both came from work prior the hike. Everyone was so tired by the time we reached the camp site.
While eating for lunch, few things I learned from our guide. Newly imposed policy for hikers.
1. Mandatory guide for 700.00
Yung feeling na hindi mo matangap ang isang pangyayari at gusto mong balikan para maituwid ang isang pagkakamali. Buti nalang pwede ito sa pamumudok.
A week after the failed climb, my mind was already set for another attempt and it will be Solo Dayhike. Left Manila around 8.13pm via Victory Liner - Caloocan full of positive thoughts and hoping for a nice weather.
After registration, I started my trek around 2.20am. The temperature was so cold and sometimes it drizzled. If you'll ask me if I got scared while hiking alone at early dawn? Yes. In order to divert that feeling, I intentionally brought my xMini II (very handy though) speaker and played some music from my playlist (about 90% volume). Humming, singing made the first few hours of trekking light and supernatural-free.
Well, let's talk about the trail. Every blog or write ups about Tapulao describe the trail as "Rocky". True indeed, from the trailhead at Brgy. Dampay-Salaza to Bunkers you'll be following a craggy terrain. As recorded, the ascend can be completed for about 7 - 8 hours, and that depends on your pacing (solo or as group). Descend can be cut into half, since ascend is more time consuming in terms of pacing than descend.
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