I have always been amazed about nature and all its glory. Always envied mountaineers who get to climb to the summit of mountains and appreciate God’s creation.
Thankfully, my boyfriend’s older brother (Kuya) JR, is a mountaineer himself. We even tease him Java Man because he’d rather climb mountains during weekends rather than attend family gatherings. We can’t blame his addiction though, coz when we experienced it first hand, all the excruciating climb, treks and swings we did before reaching the campsite and the summit was all worth it. The view at the top of the mountain was just simply as they say “breathtaking” after the literal breath-taking climbing process before it.
We were given a chance to climb with Kuya JR and his moutaineer friends on a climb to Mt. Cristobal in Dolores, Quezon last December.
A few facts about Mt. Cristobal:
– a.k.a Devil’s Mountain since the opposite mountain is Mt. Banahaw a.k.a Holy Mountain.
– 1,470m high. I was able to check the altitude while on the summit and my watch read 1, 450m.
– takes 4-6hrs climb depending on how long/often you rest in between.
– there are two campsites: first one is near the crater. The site is kind of rocky plus you don’t want to be near the crater coz I heard one of our guides say that the mini crater lake there is kind of like a quick sand, once you step near the lake itself, you’d just fall deep. The second one is where we stayed, it is covered by tall trees and is kind of breezy and better. It’s also the nearest to the summit.
Picture of me at the summit. I don’t know if you can see it, but behind me, there’s the seven lakes of Laguna… it’s was pretty windy that’s why I have my hands on my favorite bonnet. lol
Here’s my Dad and Steve taking a break from the difficult trail.. They’re sitting on a big rock beside a cliff.
Here’s a first look on the campsite. We were the first ones to be there that’s why we got to see the real view of the empty campsite. We thought we’d have the campsite to ourselves but unfortunately, more campers came during the evening. They were quite a lot and kind of made our stay uncomfortable coz they were pretty noisy.
Our tents’ already set up so we can now take the time to rest and admire the beautiful, serene surrounding.
Here’s a picture with the group at the summit. We went into two groups where the others are left at the campsite to keep an eye on our tents and valuables since there were other campers.