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Mt. Apo: Pluto Trail- Jump Off to Camp 1

The road to Pluto.
The road to Pluto.

Pluto trail was accessed via municipality of Bansalan, Davao del Sur for two hours from Davao City. When we were there, we took another hour of a motorcycle ride, then a long hike on the road. This was the first time that I brought my younger sister Prescilla with me. I used to take Moondays with me, the other younger sister of mine. We were all eight on this journey.  Leo also came with Sir Denz, his boss. As we were hiking, I enjoyed watching over those field of healthy green peas and green onions.  Some peas were getting out on the road that I really wanted to snatched one of them. 🙂 At the end of the road we met Sir Denz’s porter named Blah’. I really like this guy, he’s full of energy and stories, one of the best porter I’ve known.

Vertical Farm

We spent half of the day trekking in an open trail of hills and farms. The heat was exhausting.

That's Blah' over there telling us that we should go over that watery cliff.
That’s Blah’ over there telling us that we should go over that watery cliff.
The carrot crunchers

Another field of carrots was on our sight and the generous farmer gave us plenty of his nice carrots, I think I added two kilo of it in my pack. Ha ha!. Yeah, I know that the extra weight will drag me down but I couldn’t say no to it and we were really enjoying munching those carrots while hiking over the hills 🙂

Carrot break
Carrot break

Moving on, we journeyed through a seemingly like an unending open trail of hills, from scorching heat of the sun to the foggy and grassy slope. This is Pluto trail, one of the entry point of the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo.

At around two o’ clock in the afternoon, we almost set an emergency camp in the hills, my sister was fainting and perspiring cold sweats . We stopped and after a long rest, her body regains strength and good to go. We pushed through because the hill was not a good site to camp.

There’s no water for cooking, it was very open and exposed to cold wind.

Some more carrots..

Moving forward, we passed the forest line and hit the first camp before dark. The sleep was uncomfortable because of the sun burnt neck, it hurts.

The next morning, I still had plenty of carrots. hehe. Even I and my sister had already eaten a lot of these carrots along the way, there’s still more left.

Camp 1
Camp 1

Everybody’s preparing to leave the camp and go for the summit.

Biodiversity expedition in Maharlika, Buda

A group of ten student researchers led by Dr. Milton Medina with the help of Dr. Ann Cabras, conducted a biodiversity expedition in Maharlika, one of the forested areas in Buda, Mindanao region of the Philippines. The exploration took place  on the month of May, just this year. Manobo tribe lives in the area near  the road access. The research team aimed to record bats, lichens and mosses, ferns, Odonata, and ant biodiversity of the said forest. The team was also hoping to uncover new species and that may this study will help in the conservation and protection of these species. Each researchers had their respective assignments. The team had to trek for five hours before reaching the field camp.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

Training challenge at Epol
Training challenge at Epol

Cooking Over the River

This photo was taken a long time ago during our training course in mountaineering in the midst of Epol forest.  This was one of the training challenge where we had to set up fire for cooking rice with a twist.  We had to cooked it over the river and using resources that’s available only in the site. When it’s done, the training master will test the food. The rice should be perfectly cooked.  We passed this challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

mt. Apo
Mt. Apo

On Top of the Mountain

Getting yourself on top of the mountain is like cleansing yourself from all the stress in life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Mt. Apo

Hello Sunny Boy!

Before the sun came up, we forced ourselves to get out from the comfort of our sleeping bag and tent, put on our head lamp, sip on some hot coffee,  and made a quick ascend (at about 15 to 20 minutes) to the summit of the mountain. it’s still dark when we reached the top. we sat down into the ground and silently waiting for the sun to rise.

So that’s it. Sunny boy came up, and we greeted him happily. I usually said my prayers during this wonderful moment and time.

After devouring ourselves with the Lord’s wonderful creation, we went back down to the campsite.

Rocks or Leeches?

Rocks or Leeches
Tamayong

It’s either making your way by climbing over the steep side of the rocks and might fall eventually with the chance of hitting your head against the rock or by jumping into the water with leeches on it.

We tried the rocks but duh… I doubted if I’ll ever make it. There’s a part over there wherein I can’t get a stable  grip when I tried to make a turning leap  except entrusting my fate in the hands of my buddy( that will be Leo Adorado)  but I don’t think  he’ll managed to pull me over the edge considering that I am way heavier now. I’ve done this before but I don’t usually go halfheartedly, so I stepped back. I guess things really changes over time. We can never do things over and over same way as before. But with perseverance, for sure we’ll be able to catch our goal but on the other way around, taste a new experience and learn something different, defying fear (because  I’m really scared with leeches to death).

Then I chose leeches. 😉