From the top of Mt. Pulag, seeing the sun rise above a sea of clouds is truly an awesome sight to behold. But perhaps people have over-romanticized climbing the Philippines’ third highest mountain and have downplayed how hard it really is to get all the way up to the summit.
It took us 11 hours, starting from our 1 am jump-off from the Ranger station, to reach the summit and back. Here’s our story…
Mt. Pulag Hike (Photo Essay)
12:27 am: Our alarm clocks were set at 12 midnight and we were ready at half past 12.
#ootd tips for Mt. Pulag Hike: – The cold temperature at Mt. Pulag peak is brutal, so have layers of thermal wear, sweater, winter jacket, and rain coat at the ready just in case it rains. – Make sure you have bonnet, gloves, and scarf. – Have a neon color on your outfit, which is very helpful to see in the dark. – Bring a reliable headlamp for lighting. Don’t buy the cheap LED ones. – Bring tried and tested hiking shoes. We had a lot of soles that were ripped off; good thing someone brought duct tape.
12:32 am: We had a nice warm bowl of instant noodle soup to start our day.
12:57 am: We packed our own breakfast of red hotdog, Baguio longganisa, hard boiled egg, and rice.
1:00 am: Here’s my breakfast. I forgot to bring a plastic container so I had to settle for a resealable plastic.
1:07 am: It’s important to look good when you climb. Build your hiking gear over time so you can look this good. 🙂
Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines
for 12+ years, straight out of college, before finally quitting his day job to become a full-time Online Media Entrepreneur.
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