Pre-climb meeting at Pioneer
"For the road"
"For the road"
I can’t wait for this event Cross Country Trek 2013 well it does not literally means you will cross another country, much better if they call it Cross Province, no matter how they call it I don’t care hahaha, this event was organized by the YABAG MOUNTAINEERS. Actually the event was seen by my buddy sir Albert also a “mountaineer and solo backpacker” and he encouraged me to join the event but something bothered me because I have a plan to have a vacation in my hometown Claveria Cagayan and to visit the other local destination that I’ve never been before. When I saw the videos and pictures on Mt. Kibungan on the internet, I change all my plan without hesitation I confirmed that I will join the event, as what they said pure bonding for 4 days and we will cross 7 mountains start in Kibungan Benguet and we will exit to La Union. This exploration will test our comradeship and to test also our limits. Sir Migs said this is not a competition that you are competing to a race instead enjoy the views, learn to adopt cultures, meet new friends on the trail and enjoy every single moment which is something more interesting for me. Since I started in hiking I’ve been in love with natures the majestic waterfalls, mysterious caves, and splendid view on the top of the mountain where you can see the dramatic sunrise and sunset. All of these change my views of life.
This would be my second time to climb in Benguet and what should I be expect to this climb are hobnob with new friends, panoramic view and locals wearing their native clothes. Wishing and hoping have a great weather, praying we are all safe and we will finish this exploration all of us who join.
Cross Country Trek
Photos credit to Migs Mapalad
(KIBUNGAN, BENGUET – SUGPON ILOCOS SUR – LA UNION)
ROUTE: Traverse via Veto – Batangan – Inasan - Tubaday
09:00 PM Meet at Victory Liner Cubao Station
10:00 PM ETD Manila to Baguio City
04:00 AM ETA Baguio City
04:30 AM ETD Baguio-Kibungan
07:00 AM Breakfast enroute
09:30 AM ETA Kibungan, log in at the Police Station, Courtesy Call
10:00 AM Start trek.
12:00 PM Lunch by.
01:30 PM Resume trek to Veto camp site
05:30 PM ETA Veto camp. Set camp. Prepare dinner
17:30 - ETA Veto camp, Light socials 1
Camp 1 - Veto Campsite at 1500 masl.
• Temp at 1830H: 17C - Below
• Water source Available
05:00 AM Wake-up call. Prepare breakfast.
07:00 AM ETD Veto to Batangan
09:00 AM Atop of Boulder, Pine Forest
10:00 AM Little New Zealand trail
12:00 PM Lunch by the river before Takadang proper.
01:00 PM Resume trek.
01:30 PM Tacadang, commence uphill trek
06:00 PM ETA Batangan, prepare dinner, set camp.
Camp 2 - Batangan Edge @ Approx 2500masl
• Temp at 17C – below
• Water source 5-10mins away from camp
05:00 AM Wake-up call.
08:00 AM ETD Batangan to Inasan, Amburayan River
- Steep by steep Wall descent
11:00 AM ETA Likungan, Regroup
12:00 PM Lunch Likungan
14:00 PM ETA Amburayan River, chillax, Swim, set camp prepare Dinner
Camp 3 – Inasan, Amburayan river camp
• Temp 20C – 15C
• Water source available
• Store available at likungan and camp
06:00 AM Wake-up call.
08:00 AM ETD Inasan to Tubaday
12:00 PM ETA Tubaday Santol La union
1:00 PM ETD Tubaday- San Juan
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