And so we were back...... Back to Masungi Rock Formation, Tanay Rizal. Sitio Tablon, Jamboree was still our jump off point since Letty's Cave is still under its jurisdiction. This cave is also known as Jamboree Cave.
To explore the said cave it requires permit and our guides were still the previous guides during our Pinagpatong and Mt. Suso ng Dalaga exploration.
The cave has a very small opening that requires one to craw to reach the wider path. From here one can stand up and stretch a little to further explore the inner portion. What lies next is crucial, another narrow path going down. Dark, slippery and muddy awaits everyone who wishes to explore the deeper portion.
One by one, we grabbed the rope and slowly and surely dragged ourselves down. Our first guide already stationed himself below to secure the rope and assist the first member to go down, unfortunately it was me..... tired and shaking shoulder's I gave up after several attempts to either hug the wall from my right going down or skid down between the single-foot platform, were I stood, to the ground (hollow space in between) or rock climb using the cracks on my left.
Mam Haydee's turn
I traced my route back then Sir Jerome took his chance and successfully landed... then Mam Charine, Mam Ruth and Mam Lauren. Challenged and without hesitation, I grabbed the rope then bravely took another chance.... after several attempts for each path, shaking hands and shoulders, tired feet I ended up skidding downwards.... good thing the gap between was hollow that I swinged back and forth and thanks to Sir Jerome for grabbing me before a mishap happened.
While waiting for the rest of the team to reach the bottom part, I tried exploring the other parts of the cave...... more crawling, more head bumping.... ahehehe.
The caves of Masungi are also one of the sources of local's livelihood. Brave locals explores the deepest part of these caves (several caves are present in the area, some are unexplored) to harvest bird's nest (Balinsasayaw (Swiftlet) Bird). Cost around P500.00 per guhit.
A Back2Back "Mt. Irid - Mt. Tukduan Banoi" turned "Masungi Rock - Mt. Suso ng Dalaga" weekend adventure happened last July 7 - 8 due to NPA-AFP activity at Mt. Irid.
As an alternate plan, Masungi Rock Formation specifically "Pinagpatong" did not failed us.
Masungi Rock Formation offers a lot specially to people who loves outdoor adventures... from Rock Climbing to Spelunking. For our itinerary, we chose "Pinagpatong", Our guide actually chose this one because according to them, these 2 stone pillars were like huge bricks piled. "Pinagpatong patong na bato" where the name Pinagpatong was derived.
First stop is to secure permit and guide for the said adventure. One has to visit Brgy. Cayumbay for the said permit and a courtesy call as well. From highway to Barangay Hall, a 30.00 per pax habal habal ride will take you there. Once secured, take another habal habal ride to Sitio Tablon, Jamboree for 50.00 pesos per pax. Sitio Tablon, Jamboree will serve as the jump off point.
Bumawi ako dito dahil the last Tree planting activity I was invited sa La Mesa Nature Reserve hindi ako nakasama sa kadahilanang late ako nagising.
I was with the same group pa din, Pinoy Volunteer Group (a Facebook Group), pero marami ang new faces sa na volunteers kaya new sets of pagkakaibigan na naman to. :)
We hired a bus kaya masaya ang trip at medyo mahaba ang byahe papuntang Malalim Communal Forest Park sa Baras, Rizal.
When we reached the jump off point, medyo marami na din mga tao na nagvolunteer din pero mas marami na ang nauna sa amin sa area kung saan maglilipat na ng seedlings.
May isang group na puro mga Police, sobrang dami nila and they were the first batch na nagtanim then another group of individuals tapos kami naman.
Bilang kami ang nahuli sa magtatanim medyo kunti nalang ang natirang seedlings kaya nakadalawa lang ako. :)
We need to climb sa medyo mataas na part since eto nalang ang natitirang area kung saan magtanim. Luckily medyo may natira pa and at least hindi nasayang ang pagpunta ng group. Maputik pero masaya ang mga oras na yun.
Bilang isang aktibong namumundok, marami na din akong naakyat na mga bundok na wala ng mga puno kaya Tree planting activity is very much important para sa akin since hindi isa o dalawang tao lang ang nakikinabang sa mga Puno, kung hindi tayong lahat na nakatira sa mundo.
We took our chance na magGroup pics after sa activity then headed to Daranak falls after lunch para magbonding sa group at magrelax.
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