Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mt. Talamitam

I don't know why, but after climbing one mountain last year, I got so addicted to it. I was hit with a myriad of emotions, from the initial boredom of getting to the jump off point, the meditating effect of walking through a lush forest, getting over your exhaustion in the last stretch , and finally the victorious moment as you make your first step on the summit. It was such a wonderful experience, and I want it to be a part of my life for as long as I can climb mountains.

But as i figured out with Climbing Mt. Talamitam, just like wooing different lovers all of these mountains will offer different emotions and experiences (Naks kala mo naman I've had a lot). Pico de Loro was a long, up and down battle, with a short challenge in the end. But Talamitam is a little more subdued, whatever it lacked in challenging terrain, it made up in having to beat the elements. The sun was pounding on us the whole day, and dust was flying around everywhere, and if not for my ugly hat and a steady breeze, it would have been unbearable. The last stretch was no cake walk either. It was a 100 meter, 65 degree incline, and Cogon everywhere. It was easy all the way through, until it hit us with that challenge. But at that very moment, all things conspired to make it a beautiful experience. So enough with my words, this time I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Getting ready to leave for Nasugbu

Mark, Jojo and Richard excited for the day ahead

We got scared because of the fog in Tagaytay

The Fog was confined to Tagaytay and turned out to be a beautiful day

Bantay making sure we registered before we climb Talamitam

The first bridge

Make shift bridge in place of the one Peping destroyed

Walking towards the entrance of the mountain

Before the assault of Talamitam, just to put things in perspective

Me on top with my Big frumpy hat

The view was spectacular

There is nothing better than knowing you made it to the top


Last rest stop before bidding farewell to the mountain


  1. wowee! you climbed again! :) congrats!

    u blog pala. will link you up on mine, orytie? :)