Prince Henry: "You swim alone, climb rocks, rescue servants,
is there anything you don't do?"
Yes, I'm channeling Drew Barrymore's character in one of my all-time favorite chick flicks, Ever After. I don't know when it started but, ever since, I've always had this thirst for adventure and inkling to always try out new things. Currently, I scuba dive and I've revived my interest in surfing. Years back, I've done spelunking, wall climbing, and wakeboarding. Generally, activities that I like involve the beach (Isn't it obvious? :p) So this time around, I decided to try something new: MOUNTAIN CLIMBING.
Considering that this is a far cry from my usual lounging-in-the-beach-and-getting-a-tan hobby, I knew I was in for a new challenge. While I had a dozen bikinis stored in my closet, I had zero climbing gear and clothes!
But, I thought, what the heck?! I should try this now while I still have the stamina.
So, in a very un-Koryn fashion, I, along with my sister, brother-in-law, and our friend Fritz, signed up for travelfactor.org's Mount Pulag expedition. Mount Pulag is the second highest peak in the country. Ambitious for a beginner, right? I was actually nervous days before the climb. More because I have extremely low tolerance for cold and I've been told by friends who've been there that Mount Pulag is freezing especially in the early morning. I went on panic buying mode and visited my doctor the last minute to make sure I'm in tip-top shape.
Then after days of nervous anticipation, we were finally off to a new adventure.
And adventure it was!
We left Manila around 11:30 p.m. and arrived in Baguio City around 6:00a.m. There were 30 of us in the group. After a quick breakfast, it was a one hour ride to Ambuklao dam where we stopped for a short photo op.
And after that, it was another two-hour ride to the DENR office where we were to undergo a brief orientation. It was a bumpy ride but sleep-deprived me was snoring the whole time (even during the orientation haha).
After the orientation (which I told was hilarious because the DENR lady was really quirky!), it was another one hour ride to the Ranger Station--our final stop before we make our ascent.