9 hours of sleep was good enough after a very tiring Lumot assault. A supposed-to-be 6:00am resume trek started around 7:06am due to cold temperature, everyone was too lazy to move.
What lies on the traverse side was a suprise, since no one was ever to sucessfully traversed the said mountains within the year, the connecting ridge was in complete chaos.
Big trunks blocked our way and we have to crawl most of the time. The traversed side was more mossy than Lumot's summit, this part was more exciting because the trail itself is covered with moss. We need to pass these huge, whomping willow-like covered with moss, trees. We need to crawl under its roots, which looks like trunks by the way, just to cross to the other side.
The most dangerous part of this trail is, determining whether you're stepping on a solid ground or not. Yes, the trail was marshmallow soft that most of the time I ended up trapped on holes.
Sumagaya summit is almost barren, an hour before reaching the summit, the team commence a full blown descent then a complete ascend awaits by the time we reaches the "eCamp" portion.
By t he time we reached the open space, about 10-15 minutes to summit, we had a better view of Mt. Balatukan, the highest peak in Misamis Oriental. The camp site is located at the summit (not the highest peak by the way) and can accommodate a lot of tents. We saw few bonfire traces possible made by locals or hikers. From the campsite, a complete view of Mt. Balatukan including its highest peak can be seen while on the opposite side is the Mt. Mangabon and on the far right is the Bukidnon Range.
It was a perfect weather that time, we had a complete view and yes we were so lucky to witness it. We took our lunch, took few more pictures and rested for a while.
Descent was again a complete challenge, from the summit all the way to Jumpoff (Purok 7) was a slope. Though the trails were well established , it was a knee pounding descent. The next available water source is at Camp Berni Sala, an hour away from the summit.
The complete traverse was indeed a fulfillment. I thought my last year's "Mt. Dulangdulang - Mt. Kitanglad Dayhike Traverse : Yearend climb" was remarkable, Mt. Lumot - Mt. Sumagaya Traverse was a notch higher.
Not just blessed with a perfect weather for hiking, we were also blessed with a professional Guide Radzmr Amaquin of KAPLAG Mountainer who took care of the team, who assisted me with my "from scratch itinerary" and a very strong 16 year old Porter, Binbin who stayed thru thick and thin :) with Sirikit all throughout.
Thanks to Mam Andrea Vallar and Mam Sirikit Buan for joining my 2013 year end climb.
Planning to traverse these mountains? Better start from Lumot then exit to Sumagaya, trust me it will drain you if you'll start from Sumagaya. If you tried Kitanglad, imagine removing the steel ladders then ascend in full pack.
For Guide/Fee and Inquiries about Lumot-Sumagaya (even Balatukan Climb)
Radzmr Amaquin (KAPLAG Mountaineer)
Cell Number: +639358056161
FB Account: https://www.facebook.com/radzmr.amaquin
This is my blog...
My Adventures in Words
Social Media Activities
Travel & Leisure