I found myself trekking again another mountain trail last weekend. This time, it was Mt. Kalisungan in Calauan, Laguna. To date, this is my 8th attempt to climb up a mountain, of which 6 are successful. I met up with my Sosyal Klaymer friends - Ayie, Alex, Mitch, Julius and Bheng in Jolibee Buendia. At dahil puyat ako the night before, I was the last one to arrive. Hahaha!!! Sobrang excited pa naman ako at bago ang aking bag na binili ko sa Conquer Outdoor Shop sa Robinson's Pinoneer. Hehehe!!! Mountaineer na talaga ako!!! lols!!! So, breakfast muna para may lakas sa mahabang byahe papunta ng Calauan Laguna.
At dahil ito ay Birthday Climb para kay Alex, dumaan kami ng Goldilocks para bumili ng cake... Thanks Bheng for the cake! So, kelangan mai-akyat mo yan sa summit ha? Hehehe!!!
We took the GreenStar Bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. I was just sleeping inside the bus, kasi nga puyat ako, nagising nalang ako nung nasa Calamba na kami...
Our first stop was Bay (pronounced "Ba eeh"), Laguna Public Market to buy things we need for the dinner. We also had our lunch here. Di ako masyado nag enjoy sa lunch, I only had some tortang talong and rice, walang masyadong options eh!
After having lunch, we are now bound to Victoria, Laguna. We took the jeepney and alight at the duck junction, fare is Php 10.00 each. This is one of the famous landmarks of this town, as it is known as the "Duck Capital of the Philippines". Itik Festival is being held here every second week of November to celebrate their booming Itik industry.
After some photo opportunity at the huge duck statues, we ride the tricycle going to Brgy. Lamot II. Fare is Php 60.00 for each tricycle.
According to our research, Erais Farm is the jump-off point, unfortunately it is closed. So the triclye driver brought us in a house where there is a small street beside it, but we were not allowed to enter. Hay... San ba talaga ang jump-off point? The driver told us that we go first to the Barangay Hall to register and there is one jump-off point in front of it. Yun na nga ginawa namin, nagpahatid kami dun at nag-register.
Sabi ng mga taga Brgy. Lamot, mahirap daw ang way na yun kasi nga daw maraming sanga-sangang daan. But that will not make us surrender, we will give it a try. We started to trek at exactly 1:45 PM, in a paved road leading to the foot of the mountain. After 20 minutes, we reached a kubo to rest. Nag-uumpisa na rin umulan kaya sumilong muna kami at nag water-proof ng aming mga gamit at ng aming mga sarili.
We continued our trekking kahit pa lumakas na ang ulan. Sa tulong ni Ate, itago nalang natin siya sa pangalang Ate Ely Soriano (di kasi namin nakuha ang tunay na name nya eh), itinuro nya sa amin ang "TAMANG DAAN" patungo sa summit ng bundok. Salamat Ate, sana makarating kami... Hehehe!
Until we reached this point where there is a sign na "BAWAL PUMASOK". Dahil sa kagustuhan namin na ituloy ito at alam namin na hindi kami mapipigilan ng malakas na buhos ng ulan, nagpatuloy kami kahit pa may panganib na naka-amba sa aming pagsuway sa kautusan na bawal pumasok sa lugar na yun. Bahala na! Hehehe!!!
So, tuloy tuloy lang kami hangga't may trail na malinaw paakyat. Until we reached a fork; Alex checked each way of the fork so that we won't waste time from going and then coming back if that is the wrong way. Unluckily, both ways lead to nowhere. This is the most difficult part of our climb, we need to decide whether we should proceed or not. It will be really hard for us to continue if we don't see any established trail, aside from the fact that the rain is pouring really hard. And the concensus of the group was not to push thru and just go down. But before we go down, nag picture-picture muna kami... Di kami mukhang disappointed noh? Hahaha!!!
Sabi nga ni Ayie: "Tinahak namin ang daan pabalik sa KUBO, nag hintay tumila ang ulan at habang nilalakad ang patungong kubo pabalik, sinusuluyapan ang sana'y isa pang BUNDOK na aming ma-akyat; ang BUNDOK KALISUNGAN. Picture taking pa rin sa gitna ng malakas na ULAN. Bigla ko tuloy naisip na mahalagang mahalaga ang KALIGTASAN ng bawat isa, SINUBOK namin at GINAWA ang LAHAT upang mapag tagumpayan ang bawat pag akyat. Totoo nga rin pala na hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon puro tagumpay, may kasama rin itong KABIGUAN, ngunit ang bawat KABIGUAN ay magsisilbing GABAY sa bawat isa sa amin upang sa PAGBABALIK namin sa Bundok Kalisungan, isang matamis na TAGUMPAY ang aming AANIHIN".
Hindi kami uuwing luhaan ng Maynila noh! We went back sa kubo at doon na-meeting para mapag-desisyunan kung saan kami pupunta. Salamat sa dalang Map of Laguna ni Mitch at duon kami naghanap ng mapupuntahan. Nagcarlan, Liliw, Magdalena, Pagsanjan, Majayjay... San ba? Masyadong malaki ang Laguna at maraming mapupuntahan. I tried calling a friend who lives in Laguna to ask where we could go and spend a weekend, But she was not answering my calls. Until we have decided to stay in one of the resorts nearby.
But before we started to go down, may dumating na ilan pang mountaineers. They encouranged us to join them and continue our climb, but we have decided not to push thru. So nag picture-picture nalang kami with them. After that, bumaba na kami.
We may not have conquered Mt. Kalisungan in our first attempt, but we promised to come back. Magbabalik kami upang ikaw ay akyatin. Hintayin mo ang aming pagbabalik!!!
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