|Thanks to TNF for the continued support of this endeavor
Here below is a brief picture-story of our Kitanglad-D2 Traverse:
|First hours were ok, but beyond the 3rd hour - "nakakabaliw' na, the peak (with big towers) seems to move farther away as you get near (an illusion caused by its weird topography, or maybe tiredness).
|It took me a little more than 4hours to reach the peak. Here still-happy posing with UP Mountaineers (Kenneth, myself, Jaja, Dennis) while giving the sign of 'four' (4th highest in the Philippines).
|What's a climb without fun, here practicing my Sayo-nah-chi while giving 2 'four' hand gestures; Sayonachi is a non-fighting art of escaping from your enemy he-he :)
|Some parts of the route/terrain gave a bit of challenge. Here, wet and muddy rock climbing!
|Or, tree, root, branch, moss climbing....
|Cernan (our guide from NORMMS group) at the water source near D2 peak. I consumed 3 liters in this traverse and needed a refill.
|Avatar! Spectacular mossy forest is but typical in Dulang-Dulang mountain area...
|Clouds and rain adding to the challenge...
|2 dudes got envious with my wooden walking stick so they picked up dead sticks along the way. Here doing the 3 tired-musketeers pose at D2 peak.
|Just below the Dulang-Dulang summit to hopefully add some nice mountain background (but which was suddenly enveloped by the clouds... hmph!)
|Sayonachi Summit: "eto sayo", handing out 'something' manuever (similar to a thrust-attack on a real fighting art, but gentler)
|Early cold and wet morning at Langkayugan base where we bivouac for the night; we continued the traverse to Langkayugan and Maagnaw Peak (8th) on this day before finally riding back to Malaybalay then CDO).
|Clouds shrouding Kitanglad and Dulang-Dulang as we climb up to Langkayugan
|Finally reaching Langkayugan peak and 'saw a better world'...
|What's a trip in these mountains without a sight of Pitcher plants...
|or nice forest flowers....
|or creatures such as this snail, or 'weird'-looking insects
|(at Langkayugan). Far and away lies the 5th highest mountain in the Philippines (replacing Tabayoc, formerly 5th) - here, Kalatungan range 'floating' in the clouds.
Watch out for the next posts: Mt Kalatungan, 5 Peaks-5 Days summary report