|Chilling at the Peak Rock of Mt. Capistrano
|Registration Area at Mt. Capistrano
Before we started, our guides gave us some heads up about rules and regulations, the dos and donts, and everything we need to know about Mt. Capistrano. Headed by our tour organizer, Mr. Jelvin Agatep, we excitedly start the trek. At first, it was just an easy walk as we entered a small alley just a few meters away from the registration area. The alley led us to some sort of a cornfield. Still affected by El Nino, I didn't see any crops planted on the field, and although it was dark, I sensed that plants are dying already.
LEVEL 1: STEEP CONCRETE STAIRCASE.
It was a short fun trek, until we reached a concrete staircase. Yes my friend, you read it right. A concrete staircase in a mountain trail. Although it's concrete, it's still difficult to climb because it's too steep. It helped that we started our climb at dawn, although it's dark, the air was cold and sweating was not a problem, until it was revealed that we are about to climb 300+ steps. I personally still enjoyed the steep climb. I was still joking, and talking and laughing at this stage.
LEVEL 2: TRAIL WITH A ROPE.
|A steep trail with a rope
LEVEL 3: FOREST BATHING
Thankfully, my shenanigans with the rope was just short. With what we already experienced, I conditioned myself that there could be more challenging than the first two levels. However, I felt so relieved when the dark started to subside and I can already see my surroundings. I found myself in the middle of the forest. I love forest, the smell of the trees, the sound of the crickets and the cool ambiance, who would not love that? But I was not there to do forest bathing, relax, enjoy and have some food in the basket. I was there to conquer the trail. My balancing skill was tested because the forest trail is quite slippery. Thanks to the twigs and roots of the trees, they're my savior against slippery and wet trail.
LEVEL 4: THE ROCK
|Struggling my way to the peak
LEVEL 5: THE ROCKY PEAKS
|The breathtaking view of Bukidnon farmland from the rock peak
The weather was not in our favor, so there's no sunrise and sea of clouds for us. However, I was contented with my experience and for the record, I was one of the first few people to arrived first at the peak. I realized I maybe lame and cowardice, but I am a fast climber, ahemmm... bragging aside. I don't know if you call it fast, but I made it to the top after more or less 2 hours including rest and picture taking.
Now, I am ready for my next climb, if there's still opportunity and strength and time, I must never say never.