In my previous post "Day 1: Mt. Apo Challenge", I shared to you the scenes behind the first day of the big challenge: I met other climbers from Surigao, my camera had some problem that caused these low quality photographs, and I experienced sleeping along the street of a public market.
Then came Day 2, 4:00 AM of April 5, 2012, the 2nd day of the big challenge. It was time for us to go to Kapatagan Camp for the official registration. This post is a picture story.
The Hitch Ride with a Delivery Truck 4:00 AM
The Arrival at Kapatagan Camp 5:00 AM
The Registration at Sitio Baras
The Releasing of Official Shirt & Mountaineering Permit
The Emergency Assistance
Resting with Bagtac Mountaineers
Meeting a Local Farmer
A Farmville Video
Entering the Forestland
Pressing Toward the Goal
Holding Tight to Survive
Mt.Apo Spring Water
3 Hours More to Go
The Rain Forest
Crawl to Survive
En route to the Promise Land (Camp Gudi-Gudi)
The Arrival at Camp Gudi-Gudi
(Permitted locals sell some bread at P15.00-P30.00)
Looking for a Tent Spot
Installing the Tent
(To rest after a long day of hike)
It's done, the day full of first times: it was my first time to hike for 8 hours carrying a heavy pack bag, touch some fresh and huge cabbages amidst the sweet kisses of fogs, talk and hike with professional mountaineers, walk into the mud (almost knee level), be in the middle of a rain forest not believing that I was even there, eat my lunch in the midst of the forest land, rappel through the roots to traverse a cliff and survive, and drink from the flowing spring water. Simply amazing!
Faces of the Fulfilled
Camp Gudi-Gudi is the resting place and the stop over of the mountaineers before heading to the boulders up to the summit. After the long day, I still can't believe that I did it. I started to have a severe leg muscle pain but everything was worth it. The hot dinner was perfect and the group talk was really fun. Before the 2nd day was over, I thanked God for the strength, protection, friendship, and the awesome nature experience. As I lay down, I closed my eyes and was excited for the next day. I fell asleep, and Day 2 was over.
So what happened on the third day of the climb? Watch out for my Boulder Face experience, the Sulfur Vent encounter, the White Sand Camp lunch break, the 87 Degree final climb challenge, The Crater, and the highest goal...The Peak! Stay tuned and discover more about my Mt. Apo Challenge 2012!