Mt. Guiting-Guiting has always been that distant, intimidating dream mountain since I started climbing. I’ve always felt it was too scary and difficult, that I wouldn’t be fit enough to take on such a technical climb. I first planned on going last 2016 but eventually backed out knowing I wasn’t prepared. Another opportunity came in 2017 and this time I was determined to make it to G2.
The rice terraces up north have always been part of my bucket list. And they have been quite elusive to me. Might sound crazy that I flew all the way from Cebu for a 13-hour land trip – and fly back right after – but after two failed attempts in the past year, I was just more determined to go.
The itinerary was jampacked – in 2 days, we covered the Batad, Maligcong and Banaue rice terraces, plus Tappia falls and a sunrise hike up Mt. Kupapey.
This mountain has been in my bucket list since I started hiking, and now I’ve finally completed the highest peaks of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! 🙂 Mt. Kanlaon in Bacolod is Visayas’ highest peak and the country’s largest active (!!) volcano.
It still feels surreal to say that I stood at the summit of the Philippines’ highest mountain. Three days later, my thigh muscles are still sore; the summit, trails and views are still vivid in my mind but ironically it feels like such a distant memory. The people I spent 3 days and 2 nights with were strangers to me then and now I may actually have a bad case of separation anxiety.