Mt. Tapulao – the Slippery, Wet and Wild experience

FAIR WARNING: THERE WILL BE CURSING IN THIS BLOG, and by cursing I mean PUTANG INA ANG SAKIT NG BINTI KO TORTURE YANG HAYOP NA BUNDOK NA YAN. *in duterte’s voice* “Giba-en ketang bondok ka!”

Okay! let’s start off with this! Hi! I’m Miah, and this is my first time trekking! Some of you might be surprised – “oi major hike yan ah! bakit yan agad inaakyat mo?” Not that I’m bragging… psh (LOL! I AM! TANGINA INAKYAT KO YAN!) I like challenge, boi! hahaha nah, it just so happened that I wanted to join the hike and this was the plan my officemates originally set up.

Supposedly we’re 9, but unfortunately the others didn’t push through because of other errands/events that they’ll attend to (mga traydor! dapat dinanas nyo din hirap namen huhu 😥 hahaha joke lang!). So it’s just Me, Daddy Jesh, Kuya Dale and Kuya Nate.

The Kuya Nate and me had a shift that night and we went on VTO at around 3AM to meet up with Kuya Daleh who waited for us outside of the office. I actually went out at around 3:30 AM because I had things to do that wasn’t done yet, not to mention that my asthma is what caused me more delay (not to worry though, asthma only gets triggered when I’m stressed, not when I’m physically tired – weird right?). I went outside and got us 3 a Grabcar. Daddy Jesh was already waiting for us at the Victory Liner Pasay (nalito nga ako kung bakit dumaan sa edsa, yung sa pasay pala hindi sa buendia hahahaha may mga sakayan din kasi ng bus dun diba?! not my frickin fault!)

Waiting for bus going to Zambales

 

 

Party Drugs = Diatabs

 

 

Unfortunately, there were no buses going to Iba, Zambales that time – so what we did was we rode a bus going to Olongapo and then at that terminal, we rode a bus going to Iba. We arrived at Victory Liner Iba, Zambales and infront of that terminal was a karinderya where we ate Sisig and Binagoongan for lunch. MAN, THEIR SISIG WAS GOOD! But just to be safe we drank this party drug trekkers take called “Diatabs” for us not to shit ourselves during the climb. Also that karinderya had pretty cats too! During the time we were eating, this one trike driver kept bothering Daddy Jesh so Dad told him off, “sasakay kami ng jeep” – edi pinanindigan yung pagsakay ng jeep hahaha! We rode a Jeep going to Baranggay Salaza and from there, rode a trike going to the jump off.

When we arrived at the registration, we signed up, waited for our guide, then went off.

Entrance to Jump Off

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you! Km 1-3 was shit! It was 1:30pm when we started walking! It was fiery HOT, the sun was not very friendly with us. We had to stop for like every 20meters because the sun had no chill! And the ROCKS ARE FUCKING EVERYWHERE! YOU CAN’T NOT STEP ON ONE! Good thing though, at km 4 – the rode was already slightly muddy, but atleast plain. It took us atleast 3 hours before we reached km 5. At km 5, or atleast almost 5 there’s a mini sari-sari store wherein you can buy snacks, drinks, smoke? And you’ll meet very friendly and licey doggos! I made a friend there, his name is Eron. (salamat sa kutsilyo mo Eron, naslice ni ate yung lemon)

Entrance to Jump Off

 

 

 

 

Faraway look by Daddy Jesh and Kuya Daleh

 

 

After mixing the freshly hand-squeezed lemon and 5 spoons of sugar, we headed on to, guess what?! MORE FUCKING WALKING! ON THE FUCKING ROAD WHERE THERE IS NOTHING BUT ROCKS AND SLIPPERY ORANGE MUD.

Km 6 is the next water source and let me tell you hun, water is not the problem here! We are very hydrated. Thing is that, our butts carry the major load since there’s a strap at the waist, climbing up was a chore. When we arrived at the water source, we rested a bit longer than usual. Our guide had to get us water so we just chilled for a bit.

We then realized that time, we can already feel the cool breeze of the mountain. We had to wear a poncho at km 7 because it was starting to pour – a bit. Km 8 to 10 passed by quickly since the sun was already setting and we’re already quite far up – temperature is no longer an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the 11th mark, we started to feel the after-effects of the hike. Hunger, sleep deprivation, tired legs, back ache and more complaints. TANG INA, I went on hype mode!dirediretso lang ako ng lakad, but I didn’t walk too far off because it was already dark, I made sure that I can still see them when I walked ahead. It was also too dark for me to take pics and videos so on my vlog km 12-16 had no footage.

When we arrived at the camp, Kuya Nate was not aware that we were supposed to turn right. We were setting up the tent and when the tent was already prepared I IMMEDIATELY WENT IN KASI TANG INA ANLAMIG KAYA! GAGO NGATOG TUHOD KO, FEELING KO HIHIKAIN AKO SA LAMIG! Inside the tent we were all worried about kuya Nate, we had our guide look for him and when the guide didn’t come back we figured that he already helped Kuya Nate setup camp. The three of us – me, Daddy Jesh and Kuya Daleh decided that we should call it a day, we ate our dinner which is JUST LITERALLY PORK STEAK. WE CANT FUCKING COMPLAIN! SIGE TANGINA IKAW MAGLUTO NG KANIN YUNG HANGIN AT ULAN SA LABAS KALA MO NIYAYAKAP KA NI KAMATAYAN!

We agreed that we’d sleep in sardines formation. So the position was kuya dale on my right, daddy jesh on my left, we were comfortable – at first! Then I felt a cold moist at my back and when I stood up, half of my back was wet with cold rain water that made its way under the tent. After a while of contemplating whether or not it would be comfortable sleeping lying down on a cold, moist ground and the only thing separating the ground from your body is your mere shirt vs. Sitting down on a fetus position covered with a warm blanket. I decided to just be a fetus. Hahaha! Kuya Daleh woke up and found me in that position and since he was worried he kept insisting that I lay down so that my feet can rest. I did try though, ANGHIRAP BESH! GAGO YOKO MATULOG NG BASA KATAWAN KO, NANGINGINIG NA NGA AKO SA LAMIG EH, MAY PASOK PA KO BUKAS OI! YOKO MAGKASAKIT.

I did get some rest, around 3-4 hours was already good. I woke up because it smelled like Man-Fart and Man-Feet. I was trying to figure out whether it was Daddy Jesh or kuya Daleh who farted. It was Daddy Jesh. (TANGINA TL, AMOY KALAYAAN!) We started cooking breakfast and we tried to check up on kuya Nate, luckily there’s atleast 2 bars of Globe signal there so we were able to chat him up. He was up! and he asked us where were we. After a while, it was finally okay for us to go out and we took photos and videos of KM 16.

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Our guide: Kuya Richie

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Sweg

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Bakit baliktad?

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Luh baliktad parin

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(Kuya Daleh was cooking for us and watching over the tent so I don’t really have much photos with him)

At around 10:30am we decided to head back, it started pouring again which didn’t really help, especially kuya Daleh since he was the one packing up the tent. All of our stuff got heavier because of the rain water absorbed by most of our stuff.

If you think that climbing up the 16 km mark was the hard part, think again! Going down is even harder! you can feel the strain on your ankles and knees because you have to support your weight plus the one you’re carrying. Damn, it was even more hell than climbing up. I fell! 3 fucking times! 1 was caught on video!

Though going down, since it was already dark from the 12km-16 I didn’t get much footage of it and let me tell you, it’s beautiful.

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Kuya Daleh’s Photoshoot

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#RelationshipGoals

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Di pa talaga kami pagod XD

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Kuya Daleh was just ahead of me a couple meters, because daddy Jesh went berserk and just kept walking. (NAGING IDOL KO SI TL TANGINA AKO BASAG BASAG NA TUHOD KO SYA PUTAH BIGAT NG BITBIT NYA KERI PARIN EH)

When we arrived, we rested for a bit, Daddy jesh was already taking a bath and I had no idea WE WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE A BATH SO I HAD NO STUFF! HAHA! STINKY MIAH IS STINKY! (KALA KO NAMAN KASI DI KAMI MAUULANAN AND THAT THE PONCHO WAS FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY)

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Feeling Inked

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Ihaw yourselfie

They took a bath, I bought a shirt, ate ihaw ihaw, then we went on home. It was a fulfilling experience for me. This Bonding with Daddy, Kuya Daleh and Kuya Nate is something I wouldn’t forget. As for Mount Tapulao, HUMANDA KANG BUNDOK KA, BABALIKAN KITA! JUST FUCKING WAIT!

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KM 0 mark

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So that’s for the experience, as for those who wants to know how much we spent/how to get there/what to bring and all dem shits~ here you go:

Things you should know about Mt. Tapulao

  1. It’s located in Palauig, Zambales
  2. It’s height is 2037 Meters Above Sea Level
  3. There are marks every 2 kms
  4. It’s 18kms to summit (we didn’t proceed to summit btw due to bad weather and blood sucking parasites along the trail going to 18 km mark)
  5. It’s a bad idea to go there on a rainy weather
  6. The place is 85% rocky and 15% slippery, either way, both of it is hell

What to bring

Since I’m a newb I mostly relied on what they told me to bring, but I was majorly underpacked. I’ll list down the things they told me to bring and the things I wish I had brought.

Things they told me to bring:

  • Backpack with straps for the chest and waist (the straps are essential because when climbing up or going down we’re trying to avoid too much swaying that can cause imbalance and since the trek consists of 85% rocky path and 15% slippery Mud, you’ll need to watch your balance)
  • Trail Shoes/Sandals (or atleast shoes that you believe in, the shoes I was wearing were my adidas running shoes, some told me they weren’t fit for mt. Tapulao, and yes I did trip and fell but I guess that’s my own fault, pero TANGINA HIRAP NYA NA LINISIN NGAYON!)
  • Scarf/Headgear (because it’s gonna be hot and direct sunlight will hit your neck and at the higher parts it’s gonna be cold af so you need something to warm your neck and ears
  • Tent (make sure that your tent can handle storms as well, fuck the time we went there it’s as if there was a fucking blizzard)
  • Trail Food (I bought jelly ace and Flat Tops, shet the chocolate was good! and also fruits! I bought Lemon for my water and Apples to pass hunger)
  • Poncho (It is a bit rainy there, it can help ease your body against the cold winds as well)
  • Comfortable Clothes (Wear your gym clothes, preferably the ones with sleeves or your rash guard)
  • Medical Kit (you should know what to put in that, the place is rocky and slippery, so accidents like hitting your head and having a bloody knee is possible, be prepared)

Things I should have brought:

  • Plastic Bags (for dirty clothes and trash and wet stuff)
  • Extra Clothes and Toiletries (dude di ako prepared, kala ko talaga matatapos yung hike ng mga umaga so kala ko uwi naming sunday morning, fahk, I got home Monday morning ng amoy taong bundok!)
  • More Money (sabi kasi nila less than 1 k lang, asa naman ako, dami nga nagbackout eh)
  • Knee support/Walking Stick (The walking stick is an investment, helps you to determine if the ground you’ll be stepping on would break, is slippery or steady. Also supports some of your weight while going down)
  • Rope (incase I wanted to just kill myself than facing the torture this fucking mountain has to offer, kidding, for extra luggage you can just tie it around the bag)
  • Cobra (Energy Drink, lol wala lang drugs ko yun eh)
  • Extra Packed Lunch with Rice or Atleast Pasta (IDK if you get hungry and shits)
  • Make-up kit (pang awra, charot hahahaha! joke lang)

That’s about everything I can think of.

And here are the expenses I spent:

Food

  • Half Kilo of Rice = P  28
  • Trail Foods (flattops and jelly ace) = P 100
  • Pancit Canton 4 pcs = P 52
  • Apples 3pcs = P 60
  • Lemon 2 pcs = P 50

Transportation

OTW to Jump Off

  • Grabcar from Magallanes to Victory Liner Pasay = P 100
  • Bus from Pasay to Olongapo = P 250
  • Bus from Olongapo to Iba = P 139
  • Jeep from Iba to Brgy. Salaza = P 20
  • Trike from Brgy. Salaza to Jump Off = P 125 (250/2)

OTW home

  • Trike from Jump Off to Iba = P 225 (450/2)
  • Bus from Iba to Olongapo = P 139
  • Bus from Olongapo to Pasay = P 250 (Last Ride is 9:00 pm)

Miscellaneous

  • Mountain Guide = P 1000
  • Porter Guide = P 1500
  • Makikiligo sa ibang bahay = P 25
  • Tshirt Souvenir = P 250/shirt
  • Bag Tag Souvenir = P 50
  • Slippers = P 75

If you have any other questions about our trip you can message me via my facebook page, link is near the profile icon or you can comment here. Thanks!

 

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