The trail to Mt. Apo via the old Sibulan, Sta. Cruz trail stretches a longer trekking time as compared to the shortcut trail using sitio Baruring as the jump off point via the Kapatagan diversion route. From Barangay Sibulan, there are two tracks that climbers need to endure before reaching Baruring; these are the Cabarisan to HEDCOR Plant A at Lower Tibolo featuring a small Sibulan river trekking and a tough assault to sitio Tudaya using the killer trail of Tingting.
The road from the top of Tingting-Tudaya is wide, although very few single motorcycles are passing because of the hostile road condition. Aside from single motorcycles, other vehicles passing the Tingting-Tudaya-Baruring road are big dump trucks of HEDCOR plant. This route has been a major hardship for mountaineers considering that an open-road trekking amidst the heat of the sun is quite grueling.
Lately, my group is fortunate to have known Jepoy, a resident of Tudaya who owns a multicab, perhaps the only small cab transporting perishable agricultural crops from Tudaya to Kapatagan centro. For only 80 pesos per person, Jepoy will accommodate services of ferrying mountain climbers from Tingting to Baruring and vice versa. His vehicle can contain 10-12 persons (with backpack) in a single trip. Jepoy also ferries climbers from Baruring to centro Kapatagan at 60 pesos per head.
According to one of my club mates Darwin, Jepoy’s power cab is the first of its kind in the place. The physical built might be slender but the performance is terrific.