|clouded and eerie|
...well, that's no longer the case when I returned to this mountain 4 months later...
I did not let the year end without me having a second take on Pico de Loro. Just few days before Christmas day, I organized a quick redemption climb on this mountain.
With me was a team of 10, a mix of experienced and starting mountaineers. Also, my original hiking buddies (the group who introduced mountaineering to me) joined the climb. Syempre sobra akong natutuwa, it's been almost a year na mula nung huli kaming umakyat ng bundok.
Following the same itinerary as before, we reached the jump-off at around 07:30 AM, started the trek at 8AM, then reached the campsite at lunchtime.
|along our way to the campsite, we met our old friend. The ever loyal dog guide of Pico de Loro.|
|the Parrot's Beak as viewed from the saddle.|
|just for comparison, Take 1: Parrot's beak succumbed to thick clouds; Take 2: It's a very clear day beybeh!|
At 01:20 PM, after having our lunch, the whole team except for one (she had enough hiking for the day) ascended to the summit, still the same tiring assault to the summit. Then when we got there, I was so surprised and gladdened by the view I never saw during my first visit.
|you would still encounter this, PDL's most controversial work of art, on your assault to the summit. medyo shocking talaga yan lalo na sa mga first time aakyat sa Pico de Loro.|
|group shot at the summit|
|and here are the mountains I saw from the summit|
|on my way there|
|the rope is back at the foot of the monolith. Climbing made easier but still, nakakapanginig pa rin ng tuhod.|
cloudy and eerie no more!
|here's what you'll see atop the monolith.|
click on the photo to enlarge.
Experiencing Pico de Loro completely on a very clear day is certainly priceless and memorable. Really glad that our redemption climb was a great success, woohoo! Big thanks to everyone who joined this climb.
Please check out my first Pico de Loro Climb in this link: Pico de Loro First Time