It was a Sunday, July 15, 2012. I woke up 5:30 am, took a bath, boarded my motorcycle and sped off to Cuenca, Batangas.
From Tanauan City, it took me 40 minutes before I reached the town of Cuenca at an average speed of 80-90 kms per hour. From Manila, it will take you almost 2 hours before reaching the town (but right now they have the AC-TEX and it's a lot faster). The bus station is in Buendia-Taft and the fare is around P200.00 airconditioned.
In trekking/mountaineering, the grading system for the type of activity for trekking is easy, moderate and strenuous.
Whatever the category of the mountain is, I was not prepared to trek that day. In fact, I have an terrible hangover (my brothers and I usually have a drinking spree on Saturday night and the previous night's spree was one of those days when I consumed more than I could handle).
Not having trekked for quite some time and carrying an awful hangover, we started our trek.
I was gasping for air! Catching my breath!
I had to make a lot of stops in my ascent.
The trail featured numerous obstacles from elongated vines, fallen logs, and a steep ascent. I even had to change my shirt because I was perspiring a lot.
The climb was good for two hours but we were able to finish it ahead of time.
Before reaching the top, we passed areas only covered with grass or bare of any vegetation.
And then, we passed the camping site of the mountaineers.
The problem I usually encounter when I do trekking or spelunking is the when I use my left hand. I had a shoulder injury way back my teenage days due to a basketball injury. I was afraid that my left shoulder would be dislocated anew at any point in time and as a result I would lose my grip and fall. This is the reason why I never tried bungee jumping, skydiving, plunge or zorb ball. There was this incident in wakeboarding wherein my left shoulder was twice dislocated and I had to be very careful that day not to aggravate my injury.
Anyway, I combined all my might and energy and I was able to hurdle myself upwards and grab the next rock for my ascent and again grab the next rock to reach the top.
I have crossed my Rubicon!
After staying for an hour or more, I decided to descent. The descent was a bit faster than I thought. Gravity now was on my side.
However, nearing the end of the trail, I suffered mild cramps due to fatigue and my hangover! I rested for a while and after catching my breath. I paid my guide and proceeded to Mt. Makiling.
Reaching UPLB campus, I went to the Registration Area.
I did not hike! Why should I? I am already exhausted! And how did I do it?
I climbed Mt. Makiling using my motorcycle and surveyed the area.
It took me almost thirty minutes before reaching the community area. I looked and found myself a guide for our trekking and birdwatching.
The guide’s name is Mang Magno (contact number – 09205124050) and went down afterwards. I cruised back to Tanauan, Batangas.
By the way, we chose Mt. Makiling for safety reasons.
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