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
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2. Bunkers were off limit
3. Camp sites
4. Open campsite near the entrance to the forest going to summit
- Near the summit
- Quite since it can only accommodate 4 - 5 tents
We had to recharge ourselves so we slept for about 12hours and forgot to prepare dinner and by 10pm rain came pouring and as expected the temperature was so low, freezing cold.
The weather became cooperative the next day, around 2.00am we had a clear sky above, stars above the sky ceiling. By 5.00am we were off to Summit to witness the sunrise.
PhotOps and chatted with few hikers then decent for breakfast. At our campsite, we had some "meet and greet" with other hikers. We just learned that a group of 49 hikers we already on its way to the summit.
We had some wonderful shots though while descending, it was scouring hot and had to eat our lunch at water station 1.
Tough, rough and rugged Tapulao hike for 2 days... it was another awesome adventure with new found friends.
I guess one day I'll visit this mountain again via traverse to Tarlac or Bagsit River... hoping