San Clemente, Tarlac
- Dueg Resettlement, San Clemente Tarlac
Alternate Jumpoff : Brgy. Papaac, Camiling Tarlac
- 685 MASL
- Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, trail class 1-3
Gearing up for the climb, I prepared 2 packed meals (breakfast and lunch), 2 liters of water, 2 liters of Gatorade and 1 500ml of Powerade. I also bought my first Apexus Tadpole Tent, Trek Pole, 2 pairs of clothes and my climb body Chocobo.
This was my first time to participate on a climb wherein I have no idea what's instore for the 2 day activity since I did not received any itinerary.
We left Manila via Five Star Bus (Cubao Terminal) around 7.30am heading to Camiling, Tarlac. No idea about the distance, we were a bit shocked because we paid 200+ for the fare, indeed it was a long ride.... no wonder ganoon kamahal ang pamasahe.
It was a very long, bumpy and dusty ride going up to the jump off point. 25 participants took the opportunity to get to know each other while I took the chance to sleep. (kagagaling ko lang from work so basically 12 hours na ako gising noong paakyat palang kami).
The jump off area is a small settlement for locals. We took our late lunch and some orientations. By 3.30pm the hike started. If you're wondering why we started the hike late, it's because our organizers made sure that we will not get to much exposure sa araw to avoid heat stroke and the hike will take about 2 hours.
By 5.30 or so, 5 of us (Me, Sir Kevin and Rex, Mam Sirikit and Andrea) and the Organiser Sir Alvin were the first people to reached the summit.
The ground was not that flat which makes it hard to sleep at that time plus my location was cliff na ang gilid, I need to make sure na hindi ako mapunta sa left side ng tent, while sleeping, or else sa baba na ako makikita kinabukasan.
Hindi mawala ang socials sa isang climb, this is the time wherein everybody get the chance to know each other. Hindi na ako nagstay masyado ng matagal sa "socials" dahil kailangan ko din bumawi sa tulog and may kunting lagnat din ako that time at gusto ko din maaga gumising at ng masaksihan ang "Sea of Clouds".
Ok, nakadalawa na si Mt. Damas, my mind was set na sana mag enjoy ako sa Ubod Falls para makabawi naman. Wala ng breakfast pero I took a chance a kumain since maaga naman ako nagising then nagready na for descend and by 8:00am. The descend going to the falls was a bit steep and baging ang hahawakan pababa.......seems exciting, heheheh. Seriously, malaking pasasalamat ko sa trekking pole kasi laking tulong talaga eto to balance me specially sa mga steep na portions.
We spent the half day sa Ubod falls, pabalik balik ako maligo at magbabad. Sobrang refreshing kaya solve na ako sa adventure na to. 1:00pm dumating ang last group (medyo mabagal ang pacing nila kaya always nasa huli sila sa trek, later ko lang nalaman na hindi sila regular hikers at may kasamang couple na first time sa ganitong activity..."tindi").
Quarter to 3:00 came and lahat ay ready na to camp out. Boom! wicked short cut ang dinaanan namin. Seriously, the most tiring, hardest traverse so far na naencounter ko. We took a short cut to lessen the time spent sa traverse para iwas gabihin sa trail. We went up sa "Burol", assault was like 80-85 degrees, loose soil at matindi pa din ang sikat ng araw plus nakafullpack pa ako that time kaya pahirapan eto. Upon reaching the top, a minute of walk sa flat surface then boom, descend na wagas, kunting hawakan na mga damo plus may mga halaman na akala mo baging pero punong puno ng tinik..
The Climb ended with a halo halo, naka dalawa ako. A bus was waiting for us para ihatid sa terminal. Before saying our goodbyes sa ibang participants, we had a short dinner sa Chic Boy.
Tired, Cuts and Bruises all over my legs ......... another mountain conquered.
Once again, Thanks to Green Advocates for Mother Earth - Nature Explorers Society of Tarlac (GAME-NEST).