@ Malaybalay Park
To end 2012, the year where I accomplished solo hikes, few traverses, major climbs and dream mountains, I chose Mt. Dulang dulang - Mt. Kitanglad traverse as my year end climb.
Scheduled during my holiday break in Cagayan de Oro, I could say this was the best Holiday vacation so far. Spent time with my family and squeezed a day for myself.
So what made me choose D2K (Dulang Dulang - Kitanglad)? I've been following a blogger who loves Bukidnon Mountains so much that she usually visits the place from time to time, Ms. Tin-tin of Nagbabasang Pinoy. She was my inspiration....
First Avenue Inn
Day 00 was a whole day stay at Malaybalay Bukidnon. My guide, Sir Ben recommended that I have to stay at Malaybalay prior the climb proper to have enough sleep which was a very good idea because the next day was knee pounding trek.
I roamed around the city for a quick tour, visited the St. Thaddeus church and stayed for an hour at the park observing the locals around. For final preparation, I went to Gaisano mall for trail food and packed lunch for the next day and then met Sir Ben for the final briefing.
Sir Benjamin "Ben" Maputi is a very busy person. His business is tied up with DENR. He co-owns a Nature Park (Mt. Kitanglad Agri-Ecological Techno Demo Center) and spearhead all projects of DENR for Kitanglad Range, all trails leading to every mountains he knows it by heart.
After the very very short briefing, he called up a hostel (First Avenue Inn) and reserved a room for me. The place was clean and the staff were accommodating, I would say a perfect place to stay for backpackers.
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