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