Two major summits in Mindanao were instant destination of LOGSAC last Lenten season dated April 4-8, 2008.
First; Papong, Irvhin Joy and Pawiks climbed Mt. Matutum on April 5-6 via the traditional Glandang Trail in Tupi, South Cotabato. It was Papong’s fourth time in the area while first for Irvhin and Pawiks. According to Papong, the climb was fine and they used to side trip Lake Sebu’s Punta Isla Resort and Seven Falls Zip Line Adventure, completing their first South Cotabato mixed escapade.
Second, more club members have climbed Mt. Apo for the annual Holy Week Monitoring. I was accompanied by Dancel, Kiba, Raffy, Pagong, Hardy, Glenn Mark, Jonas, Darwin, Jopacs, Mulong and the reigning Mutya ng Sta. Cruz Mychelle. On the upper portion of Sta. Cruz trail was Tolits solely taking the duty in behalf of the club as he was also guiding guests from SOCSARGEN region.
Our monitoring lasted for just three days but aside from the reward of taking care of the very fragile Mt. Apo, we also used to savor larger-than-life experience. A very gratifying experience which other places couldn’t offer.
We have chosen the Tudaya route basically because we wanted our newbie (Hardy, Glenn Mark, Mychelle, Darwin) to feel the nightmare of the so-called Tingting Killer Trail. And we did just that, we succeeded in terrorizing them. Mychelle in fact suffered the altitude infection as she eventually vomited right before our very eyes.
Our second day was spent bathing at Mundo Apo hot spring almost 3 kilometers from Tupis Basecamp. We also spent the rest of the day enjoying the lunch of native chicken mixed with Tumpis vegetables chayote and carrots.
On Black Saturday, we completed the highland loop as we trekked back to Cabarisan using the Lower Tibolo route and secured our intent to co-celebrate Easter Sunday with our fellow Catholics.
P.S.. We have plenty of old and new challenges in conducting Holy Week monitoring. As usual, we apprehended unregistered climbers and exit climbers from other trails.