BOP TO THE TOP (The Pico de Loro Freedom Climb)

Foggy Summit made us all upset for not seeing the view...
The Foggy Summit of Pico de Loro

June 12, 2009. A number of takbo.ph members planned of climbing Pico de Loro. Without hesistation, I immediately signed-up for it because I knew that we are going to do it as a sign of our Patriotism to our country.  It was entitled freedom climb due to the fact that mountaineers will climb 40 mountains in the Philippines to raise the flag at peak. Pico de Loro in Maragundon Cavite was just one of the mountains.  It would be a noble act I suppose.  The group also started bearing a name which is RUNHikers; a group of people who have the same level of passion in running and climbing.

The Cast:

Cele
Cele
Cindy (The Drunken Lily)
Cindy (The Drunken Lily)
Pepsi
Pepsi
Dennis
Dennis
Pat (vVinceth)
Pat (vVinceth)
Gab (Dirty Sanchez)
Gab (Dirty Sanchez)
Joseph
Joseph
Gary
Gary
Anna
Anna
ayeen
Ayen

Argonaut: Pabida... In his Survivor Tshirt
Argonaut: Pabida… In Survivor Tshirt

It was rainy in the morning, yet God still gave us a nice weather when we started the climb.  Difficulties were always present due to the load that we carry and really got tough as we proceed.  Especially my load for I have brought an airbed with me. The reason of that insane act was because I have dreamt of what it would be like climbing up the mountain and sleeping at a comfort like as if you were at home. Had brought a blanket too and used my clothes as a pillow making myself as the vainest climber for that climb.

Campsite 1: Taken by Pepsi
Campsite 1: Taken by Pepsi

Of course, I would definitely have to pay the price of that comfort that I crave, and that’s, yeah! me carrying like a boulder  at my back for it waaaaas…. damn…. Heavy…. (Ugh! sigh…). Well, ummmh…. still happy with the outcome though!

Pepsi and Carina
Pepsi and Carina

Who said you can never had feisty meal outdoors? Well, what we had for snack in the campsite was my carbonara (thanks for those who help me out).  Dinner was Chicken Teriyaki (made by Cindy) and Pork Sinigang (By Gab). We just had a bit of difficulty in getting water from the water source because it was a little bit far from the campsite.

it still worth the effort though because of the dinner that made us all full.

The Social was also eventful. With a bunch of crazy people with me, it would be stupid not to have a great time. There were chips, and gin roaming around as we had our onversation.  Had again a couple of picture taking and even had a little bit of tutorial with Cindy in photography.There will also be a lot of thoughts in running and end up our conversation with it.

The Headlamp: My Composition
The Headlamp: My Composition

It was almost a perfect night having the air bed, the blanket and the pillow; except that there were mosquitoes on the loose that made my sleep a bit shallow. Too bad I forgot to bring a mosquito repellant lotion, yet crying over spilled milk would do me good,

So I at least tried to have a good night sleep.

It was another great morning to start with. Poj, Carina, Cele, Pepsi Dhenz and me decided to start our assault to the peak at 5Am while others decided to stay to prepare for breakfast.  It took us an hour to arrive at the summit.  It was foggy. We have tried waiting for an hour and praying to have a clear view of the summit; however, it was not granted to us.  It was funny that all of us forgot the thought of bringing a flag.

The Ladybug
The Ladybug

So we just had again a couple of picture taking with our freedom climb shirts and a little bit of the view. Tried also doing macro shots with the insects that were trying to cling to us and sang Pilipinas kong Mahal as we go down and a couple of songs too… (LOL)

We also met a more mountaineers going down and inviting us to go up once again for the flag raising; however, we already declined due to our time constraints.  Upon arriving at the campsite, we immediately had breakfast and started to break camp after.  Had our final picture taking and went down.

Our purpose in going up to the summit might have been defeated, for we were not able to had a clear view of the summit and did not even raise a flag; but we could always go back and fulfill what we had missed and once again, to bop to the top!

 

Enjoy the pictures!

Pepsi Poj and Carina while preparing stuff
Pepsi Poj and Carina while preparing stuff

 

A little bit naked part of the mountain
A little bit naked part of the mountain

 

Wonder who's on the left side sleeping? LOL!
Wonder who's on the left side sleeping? LOL!

 

Pepsi, the bandit freedom climber... LOL
Pepsi, the bandit freedom climber... LOL

Complete Cast!
Complete Cast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonautpicodeloro/

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26 thoughts on “BOP TO THE TOP (The Pico de Loro Freedom Climb)

  1. ako rin..
    sama ako next climb (inggitero.. LOL!), sana july.
    Great pix and good shots Argo, sayang lang foggy ng nasa taas na kyo.

  2. Hi Argonaut,
    Saw your link at takbo.ph, I thought I’d drop by. Nice pics!
    Do you guys hike often? Mukhang andaming activities sa takbo.ph 🙂

  3. airbed?!? susyal na mountaineer ka na ngayon! 🙂
    sayang twas foggy at the summit… but as you said, you can always go back. and pico is always worth going back to. ayluvet der! may falls din na malapit. fun din dun. 🙂

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