From January 17 to 28, I went to Mindanao to celebrate my 21st year. I scaled some of the highest mountains in the country, visited an island and explored its wonders, stayed in some cities and discovered how each differs from my hometown, Manila. It was a 12-day long journey - fun, exciting and crazy.For the second phase of my Mindanao Mountain Adventure, I went to Bukidnon to experience the 2nd and 4th highest mountains. We did the traverse, famously known as D2K Traverse, on Mts. Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad. The beauty of this mountain plus the awesome people I was with in the entire 4-days makes it one of my most memorable climbs.
Summary discussed in this link: Mindanao Mountain Madness
From the 2nd highest to the 4th highest. Part two of our D2K Traverse.
Day 10 - January 26, 2013
Steep descends, slippery cliff sides, and obstructing fallen trees - these were the challenges that greeted our team as we entered the ridge that connected the summits of Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad. No one can stay too lax while dealing on these trails since almost every inch was too tough and very demanding.
|napa-sabak agad sa hirap sa simula pa lang|
|from time to time, Kitangald summit would appear in the horizon.|
notice that the summit has communication towers.
|mossy forest trail makes up the ridge that connects Dulang Dulang and Kitanglad|
|clear and straightforward|
By 12:30 PM, about 3 hours since we left the summit of Mt. Dulang Dulang, our team decided to stop for lunch. It was however a lunch under a tarpaulin since rain has started pouring again.
|lunching under a tarpaulin.|
kesa maging basang sisiw kami ulit.
Unlike the ridge trail, the ascent to Kitanglad summit was undeniably very challenging. First, we had to trek up a steep and slippery trail, laden with tall blade-like grass for like an hour or so. Not only that, it was also infested by my blood-sucking friends, limatiks. And to make matters worse, it was showering by that time - mud and limatiks were intensified. For me, it was the most difficult part in the whole D2K traverse.
|talahib trail to Kitanglad summit.|
"welcome to our world," says the limatiks
|those with phobia in heights might faint when they see this. |
It's a 20 minutes ascent on this 90° wall. At some points, my knees were shaking.
|Great joy when the towers/establishments came out from the fog.|
|tengga mode. walang magawa.|
we stayed inside a bunker that houses a troop of military men who were tasked to guard the communication towers in summit.
|as promised, I prepared something special in this climb. Pasta Putanesca!|
|before the day ended, we went outside to gaze upon the majestic colors of the sunset.|
Day 11 - January 27, 2013
It was clear sky the morning that followed. This gave us the opportunity to see and appreciate the entire geographic features surrounding Kitanglad Range. Where else should we go for sightseeing, on top of a building of course! So, like burglars, we hurriedly climbed the roof top of one of the buildings. Atop, I fed my eyes with greatness and pure beauty.
|a new day. hurrah!|
|me with the towers of Mt. Kitanglad|
|perfect spot to see amazing things.|
|Some of the top 10 highest mountains captured in one photo.|
up to this day, this photo brings smile to me.
|Fine weather as we leave the 4th highest summit|
|Mt. Kitanglad's trail was very scenic. I can't help myself not to pose for pictures.|
|The steel stair steps made the descent almost effortless. Medyo shaky nga lang yung hagdan.|
|while most of the steel stair steps were still under construction, many parts of the trail have this makeshift steps made out of wood, rocks and mud.|
|still a long way down. medyo nakakatamad dahil wala na kami sa bundok|
We traveled back to Malaybalay City as soon as we finished our D2K Traverse so that we can, again, travel to CDO right away (you know it's wise to spend our last day in Mindanao near the airport). Before we part ways, we ate lunch at Malaybalay City. I saw priceless smiles when I handed to our porters, Kuya Ayan and Kuya Garry, a printed copy of their photos during our climb which they requested.
|our porters, Kuya Ayan and Kuya Garry,wearing priceless smiles.|