Exhilarating! That’s how mountain climbing is. To finish the trail to the peak of the mountain was such an achievement that I felt. Not an achievement that made me rich, rather an achievement that enriched my memory and widened my experience.
Just very close to Manila is an enchanting Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriguez, Rizal. Since we wanted to start the trekking and climbing early, we left Quezon City using a private car past 4AM. It was a smooth travel because there’s not much cars on the road yet. We reached Sitio Wawa or the Barangay where the office for DENR (Department of Environment & Natural Resources) is located around 5:30 AM. Then, we completed the individual registration.
I am not very familiar with the different places where you could get a ride to Rodriguez, Rizal but I am sure there are several ways. I did a little research and found out that one way to get there is by riding a van which signage says Cubao-Rodriguez in Farmers, Cubao near Jolibee. When you reach the terminal in Rizal, ride a tricycle to Wawa Dam. The whole ride will cost you less than one hundred pesos. There are jeepneys passing through Aurora Blvd. which can also be an option but I wouldn’t recommend if you want to reach the destination close to the desired time.
After registration, we made sure that we brought with us some protection from the sun’s heat, we had enough water and some snacks before heading to the start off point. We also bought a rubber hand gloves as it was recommended to us by the lady at the sari-sari store. It was to protect our hands and for secured grip to the stones or anything. We had to pass a hanging bridge over a river. The trekking started just about 6 AM.
I enjoyed the trails. I felt light maybe because I have not eaten well before leaving the house. It wasn’t a difficult path compared to those I have heard from other mountain climbers. What made it very challenging was, the rain! It rained and the mud was sticky and pulling us down. My shoes were getting heavy and heavier every time I step. There’s a tendency to slide or just totally knock you down on the ground.
When the rain stopped, the sun shone. Under the scorching heat of the sun, we traversed the steep trails. The rock formations are noticeably perfected through times. The edges are sharp and uneven. We had to be slow and very careful in climbing the rocks because they’re just spiky. Anyone can be wounded.
We reached the top and we experience a sea of clouds. It’s too beautiful. It’s cold. It’s like you’re near God or heaven! It was my first time so, I took my time to appreciate it, very much! Can you believe I saw some grandmoms at the summit too? They’re amazing and fun loving people in an excellent way.
I cannot provide the exact time it would take to climb the mountain because we had a few challenges along the way with some companions but considering all is fine; it would be approximately take 2-3 hours. On our way back we decided to get some refreshment from the sweaty, sticky hiking in a falls near Mt. Pamitinan. I noticed that there were locals enjoying the scenery and the free flowing water from the falls. Most of them brought some sumptuous lunch along with the family. It was enjoyable indeed. It wouldn’t cost much for them to have picnic by the falls. The view is stunning, the air is fresh and clean and the water is very inviting.