What it was like to walk for a thousand miles with no reason? Does it satisfy your desire for an adventure or simply because you want to go out of your way and do extraordinary things aside from what we currently know about life and nature? Climbing a mountain once in a while is one of the many things that Budz and I is delighted to do, though it requires good stamina and power to succeed we never fail ourselves to accomplish what we started.
Selfie at Monolith 🙂
To start up our year, I invited random friends to climb Mt. Pico De Loro. Budz and I targeted 4 mountains in a year. I guess that’s enough and we conquered our 1st mountain . 🙂
#BudzforLife with #TeamMalakas
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We have 6 joiners who happened to be first timers. I loved first timers not because I can bully them but I know in myself that I do not have to put extra effort to catch up with them. You know the leveling?! Hahaha. :p
So when we arrived to the jump off point, there were a lot of people who I think will also climb Pico De Loro. :)At this moment, you have to pay 25PHP for the registration. We were undecided if we are going to hire a guide or not. One of us suggested that we do it alone so it will be more challenging then we agreed because I have read a lot of blogs that it is an easy trail to follow. 🙂
When all were set to go we started first with a prayer of guidance on the activity that we were about to do.
We were like walk, stop, rest and click camera. I don’t know if it was only us or it was really a long journey to the peak. Hahaha. It was a 3 hour trekked to the camp site only. There were a lot of rocks at the middle of the trek and it was not easy for us to go up and down but at least it was not as steep as other mountains.
Rest for a while. 🙂
While climbing, we were making fun of the OOTD climb of our group. Hahaha. We have our “bakasyunistas”, “zumba goers”, “like a pro outfit” and “not so approriate” for a climb.
We were already hungry but were not yet there and we’re already asking those who were descending from above if it was already near. Of course, all mountaineers will motivates you and definitely will answer back “Yes, malapit na, 5 minutes” but they really mean “No, still 50 minutes of walk”. Hahaha.
Though it was tagged as a mountain for beginners, never underestimate any mountain. 🙂
Almost there! 🙂
There was a confusing way going to campsite. You’ll have to choose if it is left or right, we stopped there for a while. Budz instructed left and I instructed right, I just felt that it was the right way. Hahaha. 🙂 I didn’t fail them. 🙂
A little reminder to all of us. 🙂
Finally, we can already see from below the Parrot’s beak and monolith. 🙂 Before getting to that way, we had our lunch first to return our energy. Hahaha.
I can still remember how we climbed the parrot’s beak. The wind blew so hard, if there was a term for typhoon wind I will name it that way. We had to get experienced local because we can’t do it by ourselves. The grass will help you to be in the peak, yes the grass. So you have to trust it because that’s the only way to go up in the beak. Thanks to Kuya Local who helped us. 🙂
Backview: Monolith 🙂
A full packed peak. 🙂
Those insane people at our back that I didn’t imagine in my life that I’ll be doing the exact thing, not less than an hour.
No Pain, No Gain.
Our #TeamMalakas decided to accept the challenge of Monolith. I was like, what the hell?!!!!!!!!!!!!! Allright. let’s do that! I want to experience it but I was so afraid that my body can’t make it. But let’s give it a try. We don’t want our fears conquer ourselves. 🙂
1, 2, 3 Practice practice of rappelling. 😦
Chaaaaaaaaaaaran! I’m in Monolith! 🙂 Hahaha. Let me describe the feeling, it was the most “Buwis Buhay” adventure I have done in my life and I will not do it again!!!!!!!!!! You’ll learn how not to look at your surroundings, you’ll learn how to embrace rocks, you’ll learn to calculate your move, you’ll learn how not to breath and you’ll learn how to shake your legs without an effort.
That faces though. 🙂
Achievement Smiles. 😀
Parrot’s beak at the back.
Selfie Time. 🙂
The hardship of conquering Pico De Loro did not stop there. We ended up traversing the mountain to Nasugbu. The Monolith and Traversing was not part of the plan but because we have #TeamMalakas we did it. It was a very tiring day full of challenge. 🙂 When you decided to traverse, the fare is much expensive than the usual. The trike will cost you 150PHP each because it is really far from the City. That’s it! 🙂
Victory Dinner?! 😀
Thank you for reading! 🙂 ‘Til our next #BudzforLife post! 🙂
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