Last week marked my 7th climb. There’s no better way to start climbing again after seven years of no physical activity by climbing the highest peak in Luzon (and the 3rd highest in the Philippines) with close to zero endurance training, right? Right?
We went via Ambangeg, which is the beginner’s trail but I already thought I was going to pass out less than 15 mins into the hike. This wouldn’t have been so agonizing, if I had trained beforehand. So, note to self and all that.
Also, despite the warnings, I did not think it would get this cold. And wet. And windy. It got to -7 degress C by around 6pm and there was this perpetual cloud over the campsite which left us in this mist til the next day. 5 layers of clothing is not enough.
Despite all my complaints and the fact that I’m still not sure if I enjoyed myself or not, I am very proud of myself for surviving Pulag. And particularly for surviving without a porter.
Would I climb Pulag again? Definitely. It’s stunning there. Just not anytime soon. And not without at least a month’s worth of training. And a porter, maybe. Haha!
Photos from Tata Dalumpines and Derrick Malamug.