Major jump-off: Sitio Cawag Settment, Subic
LLA: 14° 47' N 120° 9' E, 881 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 6-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3
I got another invite from Sir Kevin, Ma'am Andrea and Ma'am Sirikit (met them sa Bakun Trio Climb) through Facebook for a weekend climb @ Mt. Cinco Picos.
I gave my "GO" signal to join the said event few hours bago ang climb dahil sa "Tent" reason. Hindi pa ako nagbili because am saving one for Coleman or TNF, since my feet were very much eager to climb I tried contacting Sir Erwin if pwede ako makahiram pero due to heavy traffic hindi na kami nagmeet, I even texted Sir Terry (Apexus) pero late na yung reply nya kaya hindi ako nakapunta sa bahay nila para bumili. Luckily, Sir Kevin (Organizer ng climb) offered to adopt me sa tent nya.
10.3o pm was our call time and everyone was already waiting sa Victory Line Bus Terminal - Pasay and at exactly 11.00 pm we left Manila (Fare: P218.00). 2:40 am, we arrived at Victory Line Bus Terminal - Olongapo, bought food para sa packed Breakfast and Lunch, wherein these will be consumed during the trek.
Our hired Jeep was already waiting outside Chowking and by 3.31am we left the terminal.
FYI: Climbing to Mt. Cinco Picos requires a Letter of Intent that will be submitted to the Brgy. Hall (secure at least 2 copies).
First stop, Brgy Hall for the letter of intent, waited for few minutes since madaling araw kami nambulabog sa office then off to the Registration Center (Sitio Cawag). Paid our dues, P40.00 per head then punta na sa Jump off point. Sa Jump off point may separate na registration na naman (P20.00), I dunno the exact reason why.... I was sleepy when the Former Chieftain explained it. :P
I used my Fivefinger Vibram Trek Sport to test its durability and how comfortable this foot wear would be. At around 5:30am we started the trek...... Cogon grasses were all over and possible 6 ft tall.... few hours palang ang nakalipas dami ko ng blade cuts. Aside from Cogon grass na kalaban mo trail, mabato din eto. Most of it were sharp-edged stones kaya double ingats pa ra hindi masugatan.
Kunti lang ang mga assault na part going to the Peaks and mostly "a walk in the park" trail lang. Walang masyadong magandang tanawin compared sa Mt. Kabunian but still Mt. Cinco Picos offers unique views. We reached the Camp Site around 10.30 am, rested for a while then nagvotation pa kung aakyat sa dalawang Peak na available for climb. Many voted na akyatin ang Peak 1 since malapit lang naman yet may naginsist na aakyat sa Peak 2 din (Ako yun!).
@ Peak 1
Out of 14 participants, 9 were able to conquered Peak 1....... then I started my hike going to Peak 2, then sumunod si Ma'am Sirikit then followed Sir Kevin.
Peak 1 to Peak 2 was just an easy trail, kunting flat then assault, about 15 mins nasa Peak 2 kana. According sa Guide namin (Mang Joseph) Peak 3 is currently closed kasi ang trail ay delikado while Peak 4 and 5 ay wala pang trail na naestablished.
background: Mt. Balingkilat
The three of us headed back sa Camp Site, took our lunch then by 12.30 or so start na kami magtraverse papuntang Silanguin Cove. Although from Camp Site palang makikita mo na ang Silanguin Cove and Green Island.
Mabato and dried Cogon grass were every where sa trail na if hindi ka maging careful... slide ang abot mo kung maapakan. What makes Mt. Cinco Picos climb exiting is the River-Crossing............ actually Rivers.
Maraming rivers and stream na madadaaan, yun nga lang sa climb na to dry ang mga rivers kaya boulders and boulders lang ang aming nadadaan at nasasaksihan. Naiimagine ko nalang kung may tubig ang mga rivers, mas mapapabagal ang lakad namin and seeing the rocks, gaano kaya kalakas ang rapids...
12 hrs in full pack............... 2 Peaks conquered in 1 day hike.
My Fivefinger Vibram Trek Sport did not fail me, indeed it was very comfortable and light kaya hindi ko nararamdaman na nacocompress ang mga toes ko compared pagnakaboots o na ka trek shoes.
Although masarap sa paa ang Fivefingers, hindi ko eto inaadvise na gamitin sa mga trail na mabatong mabato, just like Mt. Cinco Picos, dahil sa medyo manipis although may spikes naman ang Trek Sports since design to for trekking talaga.
All in all, hindi ako nagsisi na binili ko to (P5950.00) based sa performance na pinakita neto kahit na mahabang lakaran sa mabatong trail hindi eto bumigay.
Transfer na ng heavy packs sa jeepney
Last mountain to conquer........
We had our lunch sa Poblacion ulet then packed our belongings para iiwan sa hired Jeepney since eto ay traversed (Lobo - Dada Traverse).
Rest, refill ng water then we're all set to conquer the next summit.
Sa libro and postcards ko lang to nakikita noon.
Marami na din ang gusto ng umayaw sa huling akyat dahil sa sobrang pagod na but then our team lead (Sir Ace) was able to convince them including me na it will be an easy trek (compared sa first 2 mountains) plus mapuno along the way kaya hindi mainit.
All 11 participants went up, together with the 2 guides, stated the trek at around 2.30pm.
Jump Off Point : Poblacion, Bakun
Para sa iyong kaalaman:
This mountain is popularly known as the "home of the kankana-ey god, Kabunian." Parts of the breathtaking huge rocky mountainsides used to be burial grounds, hence the presence of box coffins and human bones. Its rocky peak is idyllic for the hardy rock climbers and mountain trekkers as a challenging destination and campsite.
- Source: www.benguet.gov.ph
January 14, 2011 - Day 2
Quarter to 10pm when I decided to sleep after a tiring, "wasak" climb to Mt. Tenglawan. Prior sleeping, uminom muna ako "alaxan" (Ibuprofen + Paracetamol) just in case pagising ko kinabukasan ay magkaroon ako ng muscle pains then took a bath. (Freezing cold pero pinilit ko pa rin maligo)
Woke up at around 2.30am then the team ate Pancit Canton with Itlog na pula and kamatis. (Note: Itlog na pula is maalat, very good lalo na sa pagiwas ng cramps)
3.30 am we started the trek then..... 2 Guides (isa sa unahan, isa sa huli) as mandated by the Barangay Captain.
Mahaba habang hagdanan ang aming tinahak kaya napaisip na kami kung gaano to kahirap pagnakabalik na kami since slope kung slope ang hagdan (pano pa kung akyatin to pabalik?)
Mas mabilis ang lakad namin nung umpisa since madaling araw, walang view na nakikita masyado (hindi mo mapapansin kung kaano kataas/lalim ang pinakamahaba na hanging bridge) kaya walang stop-over for Photo Ops na nagyari.
Bago ang lahat.... papasalamat muna ako kay Sir Erwin at sa Packers Mountaineering, headed by Sir Ace for inviting me sa akyat na to.
For more information about the group, visit its Facebook account (Click HERE)
November of 2011 I received the Event Invite via Facebook kaya mula noon I did some research. Read blogs about Bakun Trio, things to bring , etc. pero isa lang ang nakalimutan ko, kung gaano kahaba ang oras ng travel.
Although may itinerary naman, hindi ko na inisip ang travel time. So, travelling from Manila (Victory Bus Terminal in Cubao) - Baguio - Poblacion, Benguet total hours traveled was.... drum roll please..... 11 hrs!
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