Pico de Loro
When I went to Pico de Loro recently; I had three certainties.
1. I'll have trouble making to the monolith without a rope.
2. I'll end up with another traumatic experience there like the first three times.
3. There are no water source at the campsite or summit.
When I return from Pico de Loro; I have one certainty:
1. Climbing Pico de Loro is fun without the mud.
Yes, just like you, I was confused. My fourth climb in Pico de Loro was a very confusing hiking experience.
|I think I had much fun this time!|
I have been to this mountain every year since I started this endeavor in 2010. So I had my annual tradition this year on a forecasted cloudy Sunday weather.
|Before the climb|
It was indeed cloudy at the start of the day. We begin our trek few minutes after seven in the morning. Unlike the first three times; the trail had no sign of any mud as it was dry and solid to step on. Another thing relatively new to me was the yellow marks painted on the trees along the trail.
|It's like going to Oz with out the brick road but the yellow mark trees|
It took us only half an hour when reached the base camp. We registered again. I went near the house to get water when I was surprised that the water source has a faucet already and there's also a shower room established.
|Look we were having fun|
After taking some photos, we resume our trek. As far I recall, there at least four river crossing but there were none on that day. The stream was dry and no trace of water can be seen.
|It used to have water there|
Another thirty minutes have gone when we reached the fork trail to the mountain and the falls. We rested there for a bit before resuming our journey.
|Follow the Light|
From the Alibangbang station up to the campsite; we have came across with mountaineers on their way descend to the jump-off. They were so many that I lost my count. So to speak, I mentioned a lot of good morning sir and ingat a countless times during our ascend. During that span there were even old hikers that a little bit tipsy or had hangover still.
When we reached the campsite, I was surprised to what I discover there. A store in resemblance to the 7-11 store in Maculot was set-up there to sell refreshments to fellow hikers. I might say the price is reasonable there as a bottle of mountain dew cost thirty pesos while a Red Horse Grande bottle cost a hundred pesos each.
|Bili na kayo!|
|This is how you descend from the summit|
Then two mountaineers came and ruin my emo moment. Afterwards, the rest of my group arrived there. We had a blast there as we made crazy stunts for a ridiculous photo session at the top of the mountain.
|On our way home|
Meet the Survivor Six
|Phil (the Author)|
Thank you to Dada for the photos as well for organizing the climb
Thank you to sir Kicks, Kuya Tootz, Ma'am Gem and Dennis for accompanying me in this hike
See you next time Pico de Loro!
|Driving my invisible car|