We woke up on the cold and rainy morning in Camp 2. We still need to hiked for 2-3 hours to reached the Talomo summit. After a quick breakfast,with renewed body and spirit. We break camp under the rain and chilly weather,then continued our journey to the wilderness.
As we near the talomo summit the trail became more slippery, dangerous and mind blowing difficult. Imagined walking on it while raining. Being wet,cold and in high altitude already the hiked became more taxing. We reached the foggy Talomo Summit at 9:00am.
From the summit it would take another 8-10 hours hiked to Basinan Campsite. With a couple of another peaks to crossed, we didnt stay too long in the summit. After savoring the cold and the view to our hearts delight, this time the rain already subside, We continue walking trough the dense forest.
We thought that the worst is over,but not yet,,The trail from the summit to Basinan is the most challenging and mind puzzling part of the traverse. This time theres a lot of logs crossing and lots of ascend and descend with very slippery rocks and most. Theres a two 90 degrees descend, One is supported by makeshift bamboo ladder,that some part is loose. The other one is supported with vine.
That vine gives up while Max is holding it to descend, good thing he was not injured.
We failed to reached the Basinan campsite just before the sun sets, Our guides being knowleadgeable of the danger hiking at night. We set up camp somewhere in the jungle canopy of Mt Talomo.
Another day just passed, just one more day and for the first time I will be able to set foot on the Grandfather of the Phillipine Mountains. The formidable Mt Apo.
All photos that were used was courtesy of Maximus Tercerus
To be continued..