Take the road less traveled and see the beauty lies beyond the skyscrapers and urban life.
It has been a month since we haven’t had any over the weekend adventure. Buddy and I were buzzin for some adrenaline kick which a hike, a dive, even a little spice over our weekend aside from sweeping the floor and painting our flat could give.
2 July, just the right start for mid-year assessment, in work, in our plans for the year and a kick off for our 2nd semester series of #outofthebox and #extremeadventure, we decided to hike Mt. Balagbag in Rizal.
An almost 2 hours ride from Manila, and more or less 2 hours of hike to reach the summit and you’ll be able to see series of mountains challenging you to take the plunge and hike them out! On the North West was the Mt. Arayat in Pampanga (already hiked in 2014), Mt. Pamitinan and a lot more to discover!
It was a usual hike for buddy and I, but we were surprised with what life has to offer- a group of students walked with and literally hiked with us as they did their case study for their documentary. It was a nice Saturday morning and in amazement, they’ve got surprised to know that buddy and I were no longer uni students, instead working for the public.
From the usual hike to a search for possible subject of a university documentary we ended up listening to the interview and IR skills were in hype to asked for answers to taboo issues (e.g. child labor, human trafficking, UN SDG, prostitution and etc.) We gave them the not so usual advice-seek the reality world with questions for you to find the real answers.
The adventure did not stop with the almost 2 hour hike, instead, we opt to take the adventure to a higher level, despite the gloomy weather and high chance of rain, we chose to do waterfalls chasing. The initial plan was to have it at Mt.Maranat which was a bit easier and way to descend, but we chose the hard way,together with buddy, 3 students, 2 individuals we’ve just met,and with our guide, we decided to go to Odiong Falls. As instructed, it was a four hours hike (RT) and see a crystal clear water before you. However, on the onset and in search of real adventure, we were descending in a jungle like ambiance as the heavy rain poured as if it has no plan to stop, we kept walking. We heard the usual first time hike jitters of leg pain , but continued to walk.
Unfortunately, since the rain did not stop, the river turned into mud-like river. As if we were trapped in a secluded area (like the ones you see in Indiana Jones movie), the adrenaline just started to set in. Our guide has been a great help when we were about to go home (3pm). He assisted each and everyone of us to hike the steep and muddy part of the mountain since we were no longer able to cross the river. Some went dehydrated, others got hypoglycemic but we had to move.
After a couple of hours, we reached the registration area (starting point) and just as any other hiking adventure we had, muddy, sweaty and dehydrated body welcomed the city. But such wont be a reason not to take the road less traveled – again. Perhaps it was a call to be on the road away from the demands of urban life and let ourselves soaked in the rain.
8am: Depart San Jose, Rodriguez Rizal
9am: Reached Brgy. Licao Licao
10am: start trek
12nn: reached summit
1pm: descended, off to Odiong Falls
2:30pm: reached odiong falls (river, wasn’t able to reached the falls due to heavy rain)
3pm: start trek (going home)
4:30pm: reached registration (starting point)