[ABRA] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO ABRA!
to Abra to finally climb this mountain bearing an excitement in my heart. According to the organizers, the mountaineering group that would attempt to do a Mount Poswey traverse (which I was a part of) was the first organized group of outsiders to leisurely climb this mountain. Well, there have been some people who climbed this mountain before but they were visitors of the LGU doing some research or ocular inspections. Some were locals. Some were foreigners but not in an organized group of mountain climbers.
From Bangued to Bucay
, Manila and Lagangilang town (in Abra). I didn't have my own sub-group. I was the only one who came from Vigan.
This is the good side of embracing a lifestyle based on outdoor activities, you have the chance to meet people with the same frequency as you. While in Bangued, though I was initially aloof, I gained my momentum and I joined the new circle of friends. In mountaineering, you need a core group. You can't afford to isolate yourself in the midst of uncertainties.
From Bangued, we were brought to the town of Bucay to have our lunch at Kubo ni Zek (a restaurant) and met some of the guides. The jeep that was arranged to bring us to the jump-off was also parked here waiting for our adventures to kick off.
[BANGUED] ► THE MOUNT BULLAGAO SOARING OVER THE FIELDS ON OUR WAY TO BUCAY
[BUCAY] ► BRUNCH AT KUBO NI ZEK
[BUCAY] ► POWER-CHARGING WITH MY VIGAN COMFORT FOOD, SINANGLAO!
[BUCAY] ► THIS WAS HOW WE TRAVELED TO BOLINEY.
[MANABO] ► RISKY LANDSLIDE IN MANABO ON OUR WAY TO BOLINEY
Boliney for the Second Time
Seeing the welcome arch of Boliney reminded me of my 2-week non-stop rainy day motorbike adventures with my friend Elric in 2013 wherein we reached Boliney under the rain so the surrounding was very green. The road was wet and our river/creek crossings were riskier because of the stronger current.
We finally reached our jump-off at Bgry Bao-yan where we were briefed about our itinerary, our trail and on what to expect. The local guides told us that the trek would be harder than usual because supertyphoon Lawin destroyed the hunter trails. Although it sounded a little worrisome for me, there's no way of turning back. It's a golden rule in mountaineering to finish what you've started. Backing out means trouble for the whole team.
[BOLINEY] ► THIS FELLOW CLIMBER WAS CHECKING THE MAP OF BRGY BAO-YAN, OUR JUMP-OFF.
[BOLINEY] ► ONE OF OUR GUIDES FOR THE CLIMB SHOWING HIS BOLO
[BOLINEY] ► MR JUN ROSALES BRIEFING THE PARTICIPANTS
[BOLINEY] ► THE PIONEER MT POSWEY TRAVERSE TEAM
I Almost Gave Up
[BOLINEY] ► THE START OF THE CLIMB
The fearful part was that the assault never stopped for the first few hours that I even considered giving up. One of the climbers noticed that I had facial flushing. I related it to my physical symptoms and it was consistent. I felt that the arteries in my head were pulsating as hard as fvck. What I was doing was like a suicide.
[BOLINEY] ► AFTER FIFTEEN MINUTES, I RESTED EXACTLY IN THIS PLACE. YES, I WAS EXHAUSTED AFTER FIFTEEN MINUTES.
[BOLINEY] ► RESTING WITH THE GANG AFTER AN HOUR
The trail was insane. It was the hardest climb I've ever done—continuous assault with flat trails in the scale of rare to none. After more than one hour of hiking, it seemed like my body was able to adapt with the situation. I felt more physically fit to do it compared with the first few minutes. I was looking for answers why my body eventually turned adaptable and the reason I found out after analyzing my condition was maybe because I had no warm-up and pre-conditioning activities so my body was stressed to handle such sudden shift from sedentary to physically demanding activity.
[BOLINEY] ► STOPPING FOR A MAJOR REST HERE AT BATTO, PART OF MOUNT POSWEY
[BOLINEY] ► SUPER ZOOMED: VIEW OF THE BAO-YAN VILLAGE FROM WHERE WE RESTED
[BOLINEY] ► MUSHROOM SPECIES I SPOTTED IN MOUNT POSWEY
[BOLINEY] ► FERN SPECIES I SPOTTED IN MOUNT POSWEY
[BOLINEY] ► WILD ORCHID IN MOUNT POSWEY
[BOLINEY] ► WATER SOURCE IN THE FOREST FOR DRINKING
[BOLINEY] ► NO IDEA WHAT IS THIS
[BOLINEY] ► NEGOTIATING WITH THIS, NO CHOICE BUT TO ASSAULT THIS RISKY LANDSLIDE
[BOLINEY] ► MOUNT POSWEY HAS RICH FLORA AND FAUNA
Few meters away, I was hearing the bark of dogs from above. It sounded victory for me. Confirmed, we reached the campsite safe and sound. Hurray!
[BOLINEY] ► WE SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE FOREST
[BOLINEY] ► COOKING FOR OUR DINNER
[BOLINEY] ► GRILLING SOME FOOD IN THE FOREST
[BOLINEY] ► BONFIRE, WE SERIOUSLY NEEDED SOME MORE HEAT TO FIGHT THE COLD
At the Summit
[BOLINEY] ► I WELCOMED THE SUNRISE AT THE SUMMIT! // PHOTO TAKEN BY: SAUL GINO KILLIP
[BOLINEY] ► I WELCOMED THE SUNRISE AT THE SUMMIT! // PHOTO TAKEN BY SAAB LEBAY
[BOLINEY] ► VIEW OF IKMIN RIVER FROM THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT POSWEY
Leaving Mt Poswey and Facing at Least Nine Mountains More
[BOLINEY] ► OUR FIRST MAJOR RIVER CROSSING, DAMANIL RIVER
[BOLINEY] ► DESCENDING FROM MOUNT TOMOY-OK
[BOLINEY] ► DAMANIL RIVER, BOLINEY SEGMENT
[TUBO] ► AT MOUNT LITTAKAN, NEAR THE BORDER OF BOLINEY AND TUBO
[TUBO] ► OUR TEAM AT MOUNT MAKMAK
[TUBO] ► SANDY SHORE OF DAMANIL RIVER, TUBO SEGMENT
[TUBO] ► DAMANIL RIVER, TUBO SEGMENT // PHOTO TAKEN BY SAAB LEBAY
[TUBO] ► MOUNT AGIPASPAS
[TUBO] ► MOUNT KALUNGI
[TUBO] ► STOPOVER AT DADA RIVER TO REST OUR ACHING MUSCLES
[TUBO] ► MOUNT MABWADI NIGHT TREK
[TUBO] ► FINALLY! WE REACHED THE VILLAGE IN SITIO LIKOWAN!
[TUBO] ► WELCOME FOOD FOR US, GINATAANG MAIS
Unli-trek. Where Can I Buy Energy?
That Night Ride to Sabnangan I Thought I'm Gonna Die
I thought I'll end up in the hospital with fractures and abrasions. I placed my tent on my lap so that I could use my two hands in gripping but the ride was really wild that I could no longer balance the tent on my lap. The remedy I did was to bite the handle with my teeth and left it hanging there for that 30-minute span of wild rough riding. Figuratively, it was the longest motorbike ride in my life. You know, you wanted to stop but you just couldn't. How I wanted to finish that ride and just do the hike but I had no choice but to entrust my life to the driver.
Back to Bangued
The sun has just risen when we reached the town of Bangued. Basically, our second day was a 24-hour sleepless and food-deprived adventure! What a great feeling to see the Abra Valley early in the morning and eating a hot Abra Miki for breakfast thereafter!
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Note: This post is just the summary of my Mount Poswey traverse experience and there are more stories to be told. More stories and insights are coming soon. This experience will be divided into series of posts I call as 'blogserye' so watch out for Chapter 1!
NOVEMBER 2016: MOUNT POSWEY TRAVERSE
ABRA PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
[ABRA] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO ABRA!
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC
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