I was given the opportunity to join the anniversary climb of the ADDICT Mountaineers. For me, my fiance Steve and our friend Ley, this was our first traverse, our 3rd climb and our 2nd major mountain climb.
We left Manila at 10pm from Victory Cubao Bus Terminal. Arrived at Olongapo around 1am. Rode a jeepney going to the starting point which was at Pundaquit, Zambales.
We started our trek at 3:30am. It was our first time trekking without sunlight so it was really an adventure even if the trail seemed the usual rocky and grassy path.
There were several muddy encounters and two river crossings (the rivers were too shallow to be afraid of so sa’ll good!)
It took us a total of 10hrs of trek and hike. It really tested our endurance and patience. Besides the rocky and steep trails was the additional scorching heat from the sun. The unique and the most challenging path we went through was the burning leaves that looked liked a mini forest fire. It scared me a little because I thought we wouldn’t be able to pass through and would have to find a longer way to reach our campsite. Phew!
We even found out that our bangkero (boatman) is a Surfer Dude! lol
One boat captured my attention…