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