Osmeña Peak Will Never Be The Same

Without the lost moments, it was still a long walk to Kawasan Falls and not an easy venture even for a somewhat seasoned trekker, much more to beginners. My heart goes out to the girls who had to endure that trail for their first adventure. 🙁 Now I am more fired up to bring them to Sirao Peak. The beauty of the trail is comparable but surely not that arduous of a journey. Still, it’s up to them to erase the bad memory and try once again. 🙂

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View of the camp from the rocky mountain.

Last last weekend’s adventure in Naupa pales in comparison with last weekend’s trek, January 30-February 1, 2015 in Osmeña Peak. It took us 6.5 hours to reached Kawasan Falls. We were lost, slipped, crawled and missed a meal yet despite that, everybody was still smiling and in high spirits. My estimate is that out of 17, there were only 7 who has prior trekking experience. Salute to them first timers!!! The boyfie and I started our hobby in Osmeña as well but without a traverse to Kawasan. I wonder if it made a difference if my first trek was a hard core. What you think?

Day 01 Camping At Osmeña Peak

7:00 Meetup At 7/11 Near USJR Main
8:30 At Mantalongon Minibus Terminal
– Travel time
12:00 Mantalongon Market Arrival
– Lunch, buy supplies
13:00 Start Trek
14:30 ETA Osmeña Peak Camp

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Keith talks, we listen! 🙂
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Warming up!!!
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The drivers begged for a picture. LOL

The first day was easy and comfortable. Meetup was at 7/11 beside USJR Main. From there we walk to the gas station where the minibus bound to Mantalongon is parked. This was my 3rd(the boyfie says it’s 4th but I don’t have posts to remember so…) climb but I never knew there was a minibus that would take us to the market directly. It was convenience and savings at Php100, and definitely better than the motorbike.

3.5 hours has elapsed and was spent sleeping on the ride. It was exactly 12 when we reach the market. Just in time for lunch. Keith instructed us to find lunch and meet back in front of Erma’s store after 45 minutes. By 1, we were in our way.

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Happy that Charm’s boyfie took a picture of us. 😀
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Oh well, the only decent group picture I have. You see, I tend to be crowd shy. Hahaha!

Because we were somewhat a large group, it was divided. Keith and 5 others went ahead while the boyfie, Liz and I went with the big group. The sun was rather cooperative. It was sunny but not too hot. Just my favorite weather. I can skip, take a picture and pose. 😛

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The boyfie looking grumpier! Haha
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A little catching up our breath stop!
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Wew! It’s maybe not the same bamboo bench from 2012 right?
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Photo bombed by the dog. LOL
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One of the changes. Cooler BRIDGE!
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It was OK to walk faster since they can see us even if we are way ahead.
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This is where I saw the log book…must be the log book house? 😀
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Just me…being me!
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Another one of the beautiful change. I couldn’t even get close to this rock before.

Despite the boyfie’s nagging for taking too much pictures when I’ve been there countless of times, I still took more pictures. LOL For me, no trek is the same even when you are in the same place.

There was some changes since I’ve been there. The way up was already paved and cleaned. The log book was new as well. We listed our names but no fees were collected. A friend tells that there was a Php10 entrance last time they were there. But maybe it was waived on that day because of the fiesta? Hmmm! Not sure. LOL

The sun was still up and shining after we set up camp so for the first time, I was able to go to the rocky mountain opposite the peak. The views were definitely cooler on that part. 🙂

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The rocky mountain in my back!
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And of course, no good view without a Migo and Miga pic. Thanks Lizzy!
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My adventurer Migo! So handsome!!!
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But of course, Lizzy and me had to take a selfie…er doufie. 😛
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Shadow of the peak. It doesn’t look that “peaky” on the rocky mountain.

Then comes sunset. It was so cold that I opt to miss it but glad I change my mind. From the peak, I was able to capture some sunset views and the entire camp. There were 8 groups on that night.

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So many campers! Wew!
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Campers on the other side for a total of 8 groups. Wowww!
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Waiting for the sun to set…
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Heart2x c/o Lizzy!
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This is life.
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Did you see Migo jump?
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Coz we can’t let a moment pass without a picture of us together 🙂

I was really planning on a single post but then it’s almost time for game night so Day 2 on the next post. See you. Let’s end this post with a somewhat prenup posts c/o of Lizzy.

migo&miga