Conquering The Highest Peak in the Philippines- Mt. Apo






Here's the video of our whole trip captured by RS! :) Enjoy!



Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T. S. Eliot

As a newbie in mountain trekking, I never knew that I would be conquering the country's highest peak after my first climb in Luzon's roof top. I thought it was impossible, but I strongly believe that it's the passion and strong will that made me finish the trail. And yes, it was my second climb and the most successful one so far when considering the overall weather condition and the number of minor injuries incurred. This event happened last March 14-17, 2015. A 3 day hike to Mt. Apo plus a side trip to Samal Island! It was indeed an unforgettable experience! :)


Our group chose the Kapatagan-Kidapawan traverse so our entry point was in  Brgy. Mainit, Digos. 





DAY 1
 Day 1: Start Trek to Goodygoody camp
  Day 1: Start Trek to Goodygoody camp
Photo Credits to Noah Bolasoc
the gang taking groupfie! :p
Godi-Godi camp (Photo credits to Noah Bolasoc)
Godi-Godi camp (Photo credits to Noah Bolasoc)

DAY 2


Photo credits to Arric Duran

 The Boulders
The Boulders
The Boulders
The Boulders
Photo credits to Arric Duran
Photo credits to Arric Duran
Mt. Apo crater! (Photo credits to Arric Duran)
Mt. Apo crater! (Photo credits to Arric Duran)
The Mt. Apo Summit! (Photo credits to Arric Duran)
 The Mt. Apo Summit! 
 The Mt. Apo Summit! (Photo credits to Arric Duran)
The Mt. Apo Summit! 
The Mt. Apo Summit! 
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Jump shot at the summit! :)
Mt. Apo at night

DAY 3
the gang at Lake Venado
the gang at Lake Venado
the trail going to Kidapawan
the trail going to Kidapawan
River crossings
River crossings

Day 4

Side trip to Isla Reta, Samal Island!

 Our group rented boat going to Isla Reta
 All smiles! :)
 Photo credits to Arric Duran




  Photo credits to Arric Duran
  Photo credits to Arric Duran
  Photo credits to Arric Duran





OUR ITINERARY

Day 0 (March 13, 2015)
0950 At Davao Airportl, take hired jeep to Digos
1100 ETA Digos.Buy supplies
1230 ETD Digos
0400 ETA Kapatagan
0500  Registration. Meet with guide.


Day 1(March 14, 2015)

0630 Sitio Mainit Jump off 
800  Start trek to Godi-Godi camp
1615 ETA Camp 1 (
Godi-Godi  camp). Set up camp
1830 Dinner/socials

Day 2(March 15, 2015)
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0800 Commence trek to crater via Boulder trail.
1200 Arrival at crater. Lunch
1300 Arrival at Mt. Apo summit; Set up camp
1400 Explore vast summit area

Day 3(March 16, 2015)
0600 Breakfast / Break summit camp
0700 Start descent
0900 ETA Lake Venado
1200 ETA Mainit Hot Spring; start river crossing
1804 End of trek, Lake Agko
1830 Jeep to Kidapawan City
1700 ETA Kidapawan City; jeep to Davao City
2100 Back in Davao City

Day 4(March 17, 2015)
Side trip to Isla Reta, Samal Island


Here's the list of essentials for this climb:
1. First aid kit and personal medicines (those with asthma or other pulmonary conditions should consult their physicians first to ensure they're fit to climb)
- alcohol
- bandages
- cotton buds
- iodine solution
- biogesic
- pain killers (ibuprofen, etc.)
- diatabs
- bonamine
- epinephrine (for allergic reactions)
- ben gay or omega
2. Body warmers
- Thermals, muffler/scarf, bonnet, gloves, thick socks (it's freezing cold in the night)
- Sleeping bag or earth pad/inflatable pad (if you don't have one, you can bring blankets)
- Jackets, layers of clothing (up and down)
- Disposable raincoat (optional; just in case it rains or if your jackets are not water-resistant)
3. Tent
4. Back Pack - 25L to 50L
5. Hiking shoes (you can wear rubber shoes, though the grip is not as efficient)
6. Headlamps or flashlights (preferably headlamps since it's advisable to have your two arms free when you're hiking)
7. Waterproofing for your clothes and other stuff (ziplocks or big transparent plastic bags used for vegetables na mabibili sa palengke)
8. At least 2-3L of water (may mga water sources dun pero ingat lang din sa mga sensitive ang tyan).
9. Trail food
- nuts, chocolates, and raisins for energy
- jelly ace (most mountaineers have this in their packs. di kasi nakakauhaw kainin)
- energy bars/carbohydrate gels (optional)
10. Disposable spoon and fork
11. Disposable plastic plates/microwavable containers for food
12. Baby wipes and/or tissue
13. Toiletries
14. Towel (preferably aquazorb or viscose towel para lightweight)
15. Trek pole (optional)
16. Plastic bags for dirty clothes and trash
17. Masks (you can buy one in mercury drug for the sulfur vents in the boulders trail)
18. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE (fit to climb)- this is already required in Mt. Apo

HAVE A SAFE CLIMB AND ALWAYS PRACTICE LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLE! :)






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