Monday, June 25, 2018

Mt. Ikmo and Nagpatong Rock Formation - The Joys of Difficult Climb with Doraymond The Adventure


Mt. Ikmo and Nagpatong Rock Formation in Tanay, Rizal scream of danger: they are not suitable for beginners, especially during rainy season! The sharp-edged rocks covered by mud warn every foot that steps on them while the trees along the trail whisper their well wishes to the hikers as they rise to the peak of the mountain that stands 620 meters above sea level.


Nagpatong Rock Formation
At the iconic Nagpatong Rock Formation


Last June 24, 2018, I, with my friends Herbert and Ryan, were among the hikers who braved the perils of Mt. Ikmo. Organized by Doraymond The Adventure, this climb was one of the most difficult ones I've had (with Mt. Ugo, still, being at the top of the list).

We met at McDo Quezon Avenue at 2am, left the place around 3am, and arrived at the jump off at 5am. We started the hike at 530am. We had to be extra-careful as we traversed  because some of us were just beginners (case in point: Ryan!)



Mt. Ikmo
Start of the trek


Mt. Ikmo
How are you, Ryan?!


Mt. Ikmo
Yes, we had to go through these caves!


After 2 hours of walking, with 5-to-10-minute rests in between, we were able to get to the summit at 730am. And to our surprise, we were greeted by a sea of clouds, perfect for picture-taking! As they say, “the best view comes after the hardest climb”.


Mt. Ikmo
Because we have to be reminded that Mt. Ikmo is 620 meters above sea level


Mt. Ikmo
At the peak of Mt. Ikmo, with the sea of clouds as my background


It's Ryan's first summit...
Mt. Ikmo
...and Herbert's second!





Mt. Ikmo
It's all worth it!

Another 45-minute hike led us to Nagpatong Rock Formation which offered the best location for an Instagram-worthy photo! Some say that it was the location of the JoshLia film “Love You To The Stars And Back” – I have to see the film then!



Nagpatong Rock Formation
This ascent was a challenge!





Nagpatong Rock Formation
The other side of the Nagpatong Rock Formation

Nagpatong Rock Formation
While we rest atop the rock formation

Again, achieving “that” photo would require a high-degree of strength, balance, and flexibility! For someone who’s vertically challenged, I had to “fully” stretch my arms and legs to the farthest they could reach, and to literally “kiss the wall” to safely ascend and descend from the summit.


Nagpatong Rock Formation
The mandatory group shot!


According to Ryan, being a first-timer, this was an experience that he would never forget.  Mt. Ikmo was his “mother mountain”. Quoting William Blake, he said, “great things are done when men and mountains meet”. Truly, mountain climbing teaches us valuable lessons in life, such as selflessness. For example, during the climb, Ryan damaged his sandals along the way, and one of our organizers, Madelo, offered his sandals to him. Madelo walked barefooted just to ensure Ryan’s comfort. How selfless could one be!

I am excited to conquer more mountains and to see the world from the top. Gala pa more!

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