Mountain climbing is one of the trending outdoor activity nowadays. I’ve seen a lot of posts on different social media about “Buhis-Buhay Shots”, “Sea of Clouds”, “Selfie na nakatalikod para makita ang view haha!” and a lot more. Like most big challenges though, the feeling and satisfaction on reaching the peak gives a vast sense of fulfillment, achievement and success which ensures a feeling that can last a lifetime.
It was on January 18, 2016 when I first experienced being at the top of a mountain. My first climbing experience happened in Osmeña Peak (Dalaguete, Cebu). Actually, it was not part of my plan during my visit to Cebu to go to the said place but my friend named Jeff, who is currently living in Cebu invited me to try this kind of hobby in which it got my attention and made me feel ecstatic especially when I saw his photos on that mountain. Also, I’ve heard and read a lot of good feedback and as well as reviews about Osmeña Peak which also fuels up my excitement to experience the same and see how fascinating the view on the top of that place is. Starting this type of hobby is both an opportunity and challenge for me and I know there’s a lot to be learned along the way. Several questions crossed my mind before stepping into this kind of new adventure – from what to wear? What to bring? What preparation must be done in order to be qualified physically and emotionally and a lot more. They say that, you must be physically fit and must first undergo mountaineering exercises. I did some research about those question mentioned above to make sure that I have the proper attire, equipment and all. Though on that day, I didn’t have the proper equipment with me coz I don’t have enough information on the first goods to be bought and where to buy high quality mountaineering items and besides, climbing Osmeña Peak doesn’t necessarily require you to have a complete equipment not unless if you decide to camp. In our case, we did day-hike only. 🙂
There are two ways on how to get there. One is to take a motorcycle from Dalaguete Junction to the base of the peak and pay Php 200.00 for a round-trip fare. The advantage of this is that, you will be able to reach the summit from the base of the peak by a 20-30 minute trek. Another one is to walk from the Junction up to the summit which is more adventurous and more exciting. This would take around 2-3 hours but it may vary depending on the phasing. In this case, we chose the former because we arrived at the junction at around 10 am (tagal kasing nakagising, haha!) and we are in a hurry at that time for we are after the “clearing” which is said to happen around 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Clearing is the term used to denote if the scenery on the top or summit is visible with no huge clouds interfering the view, but it would really depend on the weather condition.
Tadaaaa! At the base of the peak after a 45-minute ride from Dalaguete Junction. I can’t contain the feeling of excitement to reach the summit. *fantastic baby! wohoo*. We climb for about 20 minutes to reach the summit.
Finally, We did it! I always kept saying “Wow” and was mesmerized by the view. I can’t believe that I finally reached it, having second thoughts before thinking that I can only see and witnessed these kind of views on google images, facebook, instagram, and other social networking sites but here it is, I’m at the top of the mountain! Hooray! Good thing, we were the first one who arrived at that time. The feeling of being at the top of the mountain gives you a sense of fulfillment and be amazed by how God created the world. This experience gave me the motivation and desire to climb more mountains. There’ so much in this world to be thankful for. 🙂
As you can see, you will be fascinated and stunned by how majestic our God is. As I watched and took photos in the process, I am being reminded by these verse:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – 1 Peter 4:10
Truly, we are blessed to have these creations. We are assigned to take good care and be a steward of this. Always apply LNT (Leave No Trace) principle along the way, not just here on mountains but also in our surroundings. kahit na sa kakaunting paraan or act, we are practicing how to be a responsible citizen and develop a habit of being a good one. As the saying goes, Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
As we descend from the summit, may nakita kaming spot na katulad ng “Gungal Rock” ng Mount Ulap. Without any hesitation and fear that we might fall down from the rock, we immediately went there and took a photo on it. Nanginginig pa yung mga paa namin at that time, baka mahulog kami or what, pero worth it naman yung experience! *Insert Adventure of a Lifetime song by Coldplay here* HAHA!
Overall, the feeling when you finally reach the summit was priceless. Lahat ng pagod, pawis, gastos were paid off. Another moment of a lifetime to be cherished. At dahil dito sa experience na ito, I am looking forward to continue with this kind of hobby and aim higher and more challenging mountains and its trail. I’m not saying that Osmeña Peak was an easy one, but if you are going to compare it with other mountains, yes it would be less tiresome and stressful to climb maybe due to its established trails.
Before I will end this blog, a piece of reminder for those mountaineers out there. I’m not here to pretend as professional in this field just because I am imposing something but I want this to be inculcated to all:
“TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES”
“LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS”
“KILL NOTHING BUT TIME”
“BRING NOTHING BUT MEMORIES”
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take a bus at the South Terminal traveling to Oslob or Bato. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you at the Dalaguete Junction (travel time is around 2-3 hours). There are 2 options that you can choose from:
- Trek from the junction to the peak: 3-4 hours trekking time but may vary depending on your phasing.
- Hire a motorcycle from the Junction going to the base of the peak: 45 minutes travel time going to the base and 20-30 minutes trekking time going to the summit.
Bus ticket: 280.00 PHP (ROUNDTRIP)
Habal-habal: 200.00 PHP (ROUNDTRIP)
Registration Fee: 20.00 PHP
TOTAL: 500.00 PHP
*You have the option to traverse to Kawasan falls but our purpose was just simply a day-hike only.