I chose to join the group heading to Balingkilat since I was very curious about the said mountain.
The trek started around 3:00 am while rain was pouring hard. We reached the Kawayanan after an hour and got lucky the river crossing was safe.
I've read a lot of blogs describing how exhausting reaching the summit during Summer time. As seen from Cinco Picos before, Mt. Balingkilat is barren.
I would not say we got lucky at that time for the following reason.
2. The Sun was mostly covered, the steep trail was slippery.
3. Water consumption was moderate due to a very cold weather.
4. Water source at the Camp Site
5. We got no clearing, sad
We got a call from the other group and we need to meet them at Bira-Bira junction, so we need to traverse via The Hunter's Trail.
Hunter's trail is seldomly used by hikers/trekkers which makes the trail less visible. Okay, the Hunters trail is a Knife edge trail with no trees to cover you from the Sun nor a strong breeze as the wind blows. The Trail is also rocky and slippery when wet and very dangerous.
The Hunter's Trail
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One last river was crossed and we needed a rope to assist us since the current was too strong.
The Cawag Trio
I only have one wish, to reach Mt. Dayungan's Summit..... that would complete the Cawag Trio (Cinco Picos, Balingkilat and Dayungan) peaks within Zambales area.
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