Climbing Mt. Babag (RCPI Tower)
This climb is part of our preparation for Mt. Kanlaon climb. Adrenaline junkies Mark of JustMarkMyTravel, Aaron, Ryan and Darwin was with me in this feat. We started our trekking at Budlaan at almost 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning and unfortunately, our entire trekking from Budlaan to Swiss Chalet was accompanied with heavy downpours. Camping in Sirao Peak at that time was almost impossible because of the strong winds that blew from almost all directions and the thick fog the encapsulates the area. Instead of camping, we continue trekking and turned between camping inside mountain view resort (PHP100) or walk farther to Swiss Chalet which is the campsite for Mount Babag.
First thing in the morning, we refilled our water containers and fetch some for cooking. I thought it was just nearby, but we ended going down a deep ravine and that was the only source of potable water. We left Swiss Chalet at 10:00AM. The trail from Chalet to RCPI tower was just like a "walk-in-the-park," but after we passed by the tower, our calvary started. That muddy-steep down hill slope was merciless not to mention that thorny shrubs and vines that gives us all some scratches. I would say that the hardest part of the trail was passing the Babag ridge when it is muddy. Although we were "knock out" a couple of times because of the slippery terrain, but adrenaline junkies as we are...we were unstoppable and aborting this feat was not an option!
The slippery trail ended after we reached the Roble homestead where we took a short rest and lunch. The family was very accommodating they even manage offer us their "tinolang manok." We also bought some "butong" young coconut to replenish our almost empty energies. The trail from Manwel's house to Napo is still steep, but not as slippery as the trail from Babag ridge because the soil has somehow started drying up. After 1 more hour of trekking we finally reached barangay Napo and hire a habal-habal and drop off at Guadalupe Church. Note: this climb is part of our training climb for Mt. Kanlaon. For Mt. Babag itinerary and other details refer to PinoyMountainer's post.
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