Partly hidden behind the clouds is the summit of Mt. Tapulao. It is also the end of the 18km-trek. It is about 8km from where I am in the photo.
The mountain is dubbed as the ‘poor man’s Pulag’ because of some similarities (pine trees, cold temperature) with the more popular mountain.
Climbing this mountain is tiring because of the long trek (36km, up and down) in loose and slippery rocks. But doing it in one day is torture. Almost 14 hours of hell for our legs and feet. We made it in 15 hours but we had rest stops and naps along the trail.
Some of you ask why we do it. Greg Child put the answer this way:
“Somewhere between the bottom of the mountain (the jumpoff) and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”
You will never understand that mystery until you try it. The mountains are there for you to climb, not just appreciate. It doesn’t hurt to know the difference between the views when you are at the foot of the mountain and when you are at the summit. 😊
Personally, the long trek is where I clear my head and rethink my priorities and the summit is where I feel closer to Him and pray for my greatest dreams and wishes and for guidance for the decisions I made during the long trek. 😃
[photo taken last Nov 23, 2013, by @porsheekat]