LAGUNA DE BAY VIEW FROM MT. SEMBRANO
After a major climb at Mt. Pulag, Mt. Sembrano in Rizal is the next mountain I able to conquer. This is a CLIMB FOR A CAUSE, aiming to plant trees some point in the summit. Together with my sister and my new-found “BIG BROTHERS” leaded by Sir Roger of TEAM PAHINGA, we experienced the 1 night 2 days of wettest-windiest and grassy hike ever. LOL🙂
WITH MY SISTER AND OUR “BIG BROTHERS”
Normally, in a fair or sunny day, trail to summit is not that hard from what I’ve read from blogs and reviews for Mt. Sembrano. Unfortunately, our group scheduled this freaking-so-wet hike 2 days before typhoon “HABAGAT” land in Philippines area of responsibility. It’s been a continuous heavy rains and windy air for the whole hike turning trail a muddy-chocolate cake ground. Really, a zero visibility moment until the morning we started to descend.
TAKING TIME TO CATCH OUR BREATH FOR THE NEXT “PIT STOP”
Unlike Mt. Pulag (using Ambangeg Trail), there is no plain trail in Mt. Sembrano. Steeper and muddy because of rain, thus making it much harder for us to reach the summit. Wild grass that cuts our face, neck and palms each time we tried to get a hold whenever we struggle not to slip and fall on the ground. To top it all, reaching a summit with no view anywhere, is a disappointing moment to any hiker after a hard climb right? Though we expected it to be that way, still we just can feel sorry for ourselves.
“WEEDS & SMOKE”? BUT WE’RE NOT ADDICTS! SWEAR!!!
ONE LAST LOOK BEFORE WE HEAD DOWN TO FIRST CAMP SITE😦
Though the hike is not that fulfilling with almost a no-glimpse of anything around us, making new friends and being close to nature again like this is a moment to treasure. Heading back to first camp site, I decided to go back in here sometime anticipating a great view from the summit. Good thing that we’re also scheduled to do some rappelling when we reach the camp site also known there as “MANGGAHAN”. Our spirit is high again that no one able to stop us to rappel down the waterfalls though heavy rains started to fall again.
NOTE: Below this rappel point is a waterfall. It’s just that heavy-darn rain unable us to actually visit it. I will surely explore and dip on it when I go back in Mt. Sembrano! “Mark my word! Itaga mo pa yan sa bato!”