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.
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