I had the opportunity to traverse this mountain in 15hours last April 5 because of time constrain, I need to shorten everything because traveling alone going to the island consumes at least a day.
Day -1 was travel time from Manila - Batangas - Odiongan - Romblon - Sibuyan - while Day 0 was registration at DENR and brief orientation at Mang Remy's house.
After dinner, we discussed the trail using the map hanged from the wall. I showed to him the itinerary I got from Pinoy Mountaineer's site. Though that itinerary was for dayhike traverse, Mang Remy instructed me to still shorten what was on the itinerary (Mang Remy was the guide at that time when that itinerary was created by PM) to avoid night trek.
Trek started around 1:57 am at 5 masl elevation (*face palm*, I was still 2053 masl away) and our first target was to reach Olango River after 30 minutes (a usual 1 hour trek).
It was dark and good thing the trail was flat and very open, it was a good start and yes we reached the river by exactly 30 mins. Then a surprise greeted me, from Olango river to Camp 1 was indeed full assault trail. Assault trail with big gaps I need to maneuver, very bad for people who were not blessed with good heights.
Camp 1 to Camp 2 will pass through Outdoor Pilipinas Trail (landslide on the old trail). Reaching camp 2 was a less brutal, the only challenge was the decent to Outdoor Pilipinas Trail in dark. We reached Helipad around 6:00 am and took our breakfast then rested for few minutes.
RemValDEly peak was rocks all over, I remembered the trail going to Mt. Matalingajan summit from here. The sun was shining brightly that day however the wind was too cold and some parts of the range were covered with fog, we then had a quick peak of Olango Summit.
Debris found in the Crash Site
Guiting - Guiting Summit had few vegetation and by 9:00 am we reached the spot, we were late for 30 minutes based on Mang Remy's instruction. Toto and I had few talks (we seldom talk during the hike) while taking 5 at the summit,
"Noong nakuha natin ang papuntang Olango River ng 30 mins, nasabi ko matatapos natin to ng maaga pero nung nagsimula na tayo papuntang Camp 1 nawala ang momentum mo sir at medyo bumagal ka".
My reply was "Pambihirang trail naman kasi, assault na nga lalaki pa ng gap na hahakbangin... sakit sa singit."
90 Degrees wall was scary and the rocks I hold onto were "hot" this time. Now, the tricky part here is that if you keep on looking the map, G2 summit to Mayo's Peak was more like a straight trail but NO! Peak of Deception was already a deception per se but that lies after that I would call Trail of Deception.
We had our lunch at Mabel's Spring (Dead spring at that time), Toto was eating his lunch while I was taking my nap. I did not eat lunch because my throat was not accepting any food I took. Seriously, the food I chew just stayed in my mouth and I was having a hard time swallowing it.
I had few minor and one major bruise on my leg, this part of the trail were now covered with grasses that covers the trail. I bumped to a lot of rocks protruding along the trail. The Knife edge trail going to Mayo's peak was not that scary in terms of cliffs but again the rocks will get your attention very much.
Camp 2 to Camp 1 was longer, aha! impatient alert! I requested Toto to contact Mang Remy to bring a very cold Coke, it was my motivation. We rested for 5 minutes at Camp 1 then Toto mentioned that a river (Tampayan River) was just about an hour from Camp 1 so we hurried, we run all the way. It took us 30 mins and without any hesitation, I swam right away. The water was so cold and yes I got cramps but it was refreshing. It was, it really was.... the hardship, the frustration, the pain went away after that 20 mins bath I took.
We ate at the resort and drunk 2 1.5 liters of coke. Mang Remy congratulated me and said "Ayoko ng ulitin ang pagDadayhike kasi jan nadali ang aking Tuhod".
My Thanks to PM for the Itinerary and very big thanks to Mang Remy for the encouragement, to Toto for carrying my SLR (it was annoying carrying a bulking camera) and guiding me all the way, to Mang Remy's Family for adopting me.