The time has come to say goodbye to 2017. It has been a wild yet fun-filled ride. Words aren’t enough how thankful I was with my journey in 2017. There has been so many downs and too little ups this year, yet here I am, thankful and blessed to have those experiences came into my life. 🙂
There’s no stopping right now. Few more days to go and it’s Christmas. Christmas vibe is really just around the corner – shining Christmas lights, Christmas carolers, frenzy Christmas shopping, among others. 2017 has been a roller coaster ride for me despite the thick and thin experiences. I feel so blessed on the achievements that I’ve done in this year and it’s been an inspiring year in so many ways. We are closer to the end of this year and 2018 is fast approaching. I just want to thank the Lord for being so gracious to me throughout the year. You are the greatest gift we could ever receive not just for this season, but for all the time.
This traverse made me realized that there are people who are way better than us. I used to climb famous multi-day hikes here in Mindanao, but Mount Kitanglad and Dulang-Dulang teaches me to humble myself and erased the notion of being a
hardcore wannabe. HAHA! Some of my companions here on this adventure are first timer and I am stunned by how they managed to have a faster pacing than me. Indeed, this mountain helped me inculcate that mountaineering is not just about the bravado of posting on social media to say “Look… I’m doing this. Amazing isn’t it?” OR having the idea of doing things that you think you’re better than others just because you have done things that other’s don’t have. It is more on being aware and sensitive of one’s environment. It also reminded me of our role as stewards in the entirety of His creation. Mountaineering gave me an eye-opening realization that we are just a speck of this universe, and that makes this world full of mysteries and puts a lot of queries in my mind. We have tons of things to learn and explore on our perspective journeys. This entry is a continuation of my adventure in Kitanglad Ranges, but this time it’s more on our experiences and struggles in Mount Dulang-Dulang. 🙂
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It’s been a long time (almost a year, I think?) since I last posted on this page. Well, to summarize the reason why I haven’t written an entry for almost a year, it is because I forgot my account’s password on WordPress (funny and foolish isn’t it?). 2017 was truly a blessed year for me because finally after a year of having an unstable job, I got hired at a government hospital. *Congrats self* HAHA! It’s really hard for me to spend time on this hobby especially when you have shifting schedule. It takes time for me to adjust on having a shifting schedule plus the workload on a government hospital is different from my previous hospital that I have been affiliated which is a private setting. Anyway, the important thing is, here I am and ready to relive and reinvigorate this page. Wohooo!
Let me start this blog by continuing my supposed to be last year’s entry. I purposely cut this entry into two parts for me to have a not-so-lengthy post. This entry entails my adventure on Mount Kitanglad traverse to Mount Dulang-dulang.
Conquering mountains is not just a hobby, past time or sports. It is an opportunity to witnessed how magnificent God is – views that few people can behold and blissfully cherish on it. Also, it teaches us on how to be positive despite of having hard time conquering the summit. In mountaineering, you will learn to appreciate and enjoy the small luxuries in life like the water we normally drink in the city or at home, when you have it at the summit, it is like you’re having the most potable water you had in your life. These are few reasons on why climbing a mountain is an
addiction. This traverse provides us with an unforgettable moments in life. In this climb, I met new friends, new learning opportunities and another lessons in life.
This famous mountain of the south is remembered as the crash site of Flight 387 of Cebu Pacific last February 1998 (Mount Lumot to be specific). Mount Sumagaya traverse Mount Lumot is located in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. After that crash incident, this has been a popular hiking destination here in Northern Mindanao aside from the famous “Kitanglad-Dulang-dulang traverse or KD2” in Bukidnon. It has an elevation of 2248+ MASL for Mount Sumagaya and 2320+ MASL for Mount Lumot making it as a 3-4 days climb. For the hardcore, it can be done by a 2-3 day climb. Some of the blogs that I’ve read would say, it would be better if we had this climb as Mount Lumot traverse Mount Sumagaya but in this case, we do the reverse to save time because Mount Sumagaya’s jump-off is much nearer to Cagayan De Oro City than Mount Lumot. The PART I of this blog entails the venture of our Mount Sumagaya climb.
Mount Talomo or Mount Kolelan (as what the locals called this mountain) has an elevation of 2,674+ MASL which is listed as top 15 highest mountain in the Philippines. Due to forest fire happened in Mount Apo last March 2016 which leads to its temporary closure, Mount Talomo is now the new hiking destination in Southern Mindanao. This mountain is mostly forested and moss. At the summit, rewarding view of Mount Apo awaits. Sometimes Mount Matutum can be visibly seen. In terms of difficulty, it is rated with a 7/9 difficulty and has a 2-4 trail class.