We woke up at around 5 AM to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately, we did not see it because it was still cloudy. After a round of hot chocolate to warm us up, we started preparing for breakfast. By 8 AM, we were already breaking camp. After breakfast, we went to the summit. The scenery was more beautiful. It was a complete view of the earth and sky. It was still windy. We saw the movements of the wind in the nearby grassland. One particular movement that amazed us was like that of the ripple effect in the water. For me, it was witnessing one of nature’s magic. In between breakfast, break camp and before descend, we had our photo ops of our dare devil stints hehe.

By 8:30 AM, we were already on our way down. Since it was steep going down, tendency would be for us to use our butts for added support hehe. By 9:45 AM, we were already at the Papaya River. Swimming, rest, lunch and duyan time! We stayed here until 12:30 PM. When we were about to leave, dumating sina pogi. Wala lang hehehe.

So as not to prolong the agony of feeling the pain of our tired muscles, we tried to walk faster and even jog/run in some of the easier trails. We dropped by Nanay’s place and treated ourselves to Buko Juice. While resting, we were discussing about work wehehe. Nasa bundok pa rin, work na ang topic? Huwell.

By 3:30 PM, we were back at Brgy. Alas-asin. Wash-up time. We also dropped by the same carenderia where we ate the day before for an early dinner and post climb meeting. By 5:30 PM, we were already on board the bus bound for Manila. In the bus, we had the chance to get to know R better. Nakuwentuhan nya kasi kaming kanyang work experience with matching personal details on the side hehe. By 8:30 PM, we’re back to reality.

Overall, it was a wonderful climb. Though there were only 5 of us, we still had fun fun fun! It was easier to manage. Maybe, this is the reason why we were able to follow most of what’s in our itinerary.

Command of the day: Move it! Move it!