It was 2 more days to go before I finally come up to the decision that "The time has come for me to experience to climb a mountain." Right then, I texted sir Jovi, the organizer of this event. Huling Hirit sa Tag-init, Beach Bumming trip at Nagsasa cove to include me in the list of the participants.
I asked my supervisor for an ad-hoc schedule, basically the reason is to prepare for tomorrow's climb. Having no idea what to bring, as it was my very first time to join a climb. Luckily I had a friend from Facebook, Michael Gorospe whom I asked to so many questions on the preparation for a climb, and advised me not to buy all mountaineering equipments in just one shot.
By 5:00 in the morning we started trekking along Brgy. Cawag, Zambales. We are all in all 60+ participants.The sun has started to rise by 8:00 am and we can almost feel its hotness. All of a sudden, a heavy rain have washed us out while having an assault to the summit.
|Start trek@ 5am|
|After the rain, Im almost dried again :D haha|
|Taking pictures while on the summit|
|Its our destination :D haha|
Nagsasa Trek Itinerary courtesy of Adventurista Camping Trip 11pm - Assembly @ MCDO EDSA Crossing 1230am- ETD Crossing to Brgy. Cawag Subic 4/5am-ETA Brgy Cawag (Register) 7am- ETA Ridge Saddle view of Nagsasa 10am-ETA Nagsasa Cove (set-up tent) 12/1pm-Lunch 6pm-Dinner 9pm-Socials Day 2 7am-Breakfast 11:30/12pm-Lunch 2pm-ETD Nagsasa cove to Pundaquit via Bangka 4pm-ETA Pundaquit (bus loading) 5pm-ETD Pundaquit to Manila 8/9pm- ETA Manila (home sweet home) Day 2 7am-Breakfast 11:30/12pm-Lunch 2pm-ETD Nagsasa cove to Pundaquit via Bangka 4pm-ETA Pundaquit (bus loading) 5pm-ETD Pundaquit to Manila 8/9pm- ETA Manila (home sweet home)
We thought that we're almost there, but when we asked Shaye and Albert, they said its not yet the summit from where they're standing. So we need to cross another mountain's summit.
To our dismayed, we kept going until we saw most of our companions taking a break, only to realized how long what we've gone through and there we can see the Nagsasa cove beach from above.
Cant imagine how long it is that we need to trek before reaching the destination. We're almost starving, thirsty and tired. The sun has dried us all. This is a test to our patience, we're all muttering nothing but TUBIG! Wala pa kameng makitang tubig! Cant wait to reach the beach, Ugh! My companions frequently asked the porter "Manong, how many more hours do we need to take the trek before reaching the beach?'' And Manong said, ''Maybe 30 minutes'' Hahaha! 30 minutes took us 2 hours until we finally reached the beach. Its a relief.
The place has no electricity and my new petzl headlamp was used by the night. We've participated in the Socials activities, many of the participants are almost drunk and you can only hear their laughter and giggles.
See, I even won a The North Face cap from raffle. And Mic had given me his neck wallet for he have one already. I had these nice stuffs for keeps and as remembrance.
Picture below :)
Picture below :)
In two days of beach bumming in Nagsasa, its truly are a break from the busy life in the city, noisy urban place. And all of the pain, struggles Ive gone through just to climb this beautiful isolated island. Only one thing came up to my mind, I'll climb more mountains, no matter how hard it is. :)