It was my very first Mountain Climb. Mt. Hibok Hibok is an active stratovolcano in the island of Camiguin, Philippines. It stands an elevation of 1,300 meters above sea level. We traveled from Cagayan de Oro City at dawn 5am, we rode a shuttle for 45 mins that took us to Balingoan Port. From there, we took the barge going to Camiguin. The barge was super slow, it took us an hour to get there even though it's really close by.
We literally began the climb at 8:30 am, had a brief warm up and off we go to the mountains. It was my first climb mind you, and I was really having a hard time catching my breath. I felt like my lungs were going to explode. Thank God we had a pit stop after every two hours. It was really a challenge since my bag was so heavy and it's not really the right bag for mountaineering. Plus, I was carrying 2 liters of water on my back. Boy was that hard.
I guess one thing you will learn in mountaineering is to persevere and have the stamina to finish the climb no matter how hard it may take. Just like in life.
We reached our campsite at around 4 pm. Pitched our tent and started to cook sinigang for dinner. Real food and I thought we were going to eat canned foods like evacuees. Our campsite was right at the mouth of the crater which exploded years ago. The crater was covered in grass now and some guava trees. Even though there are no signs that the volcano will erupt anytime soon, it's still really creepy to think that there are some lavas deep beneath the earth that you're sleeping.
We climbed the two summits the morning after and then we headed down the foot of the mountain. Going down was just as hard as going up. My toes and knees hurt so much that I can't feel it anymore. I woke up the next day with sore legs and had trouble walking. It was a really fun and challenging experience, not having to take a bath for 36 hours. You have no choice but to accept it and just enjoy the whole experience. My girl scouts skills were really put to use. Wlang arte. Chill lang.