Masturhiking: Conquering Mt. Pinatubo

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” 
― Cheryl Strayed
, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I was really determined to cross out something in my 20 before 30 buckets before this year ends; and one of which is hiking or trekking alone. I know that’s a bit audacious to some but I love it, that’s one of the things I really wanted to achieve before I turn 30. To see how far I can go, to see what lies behind the unknown, to take risks, to discover my limits and to walk slowly and enjoy my freedom. So without uncertainty, I dared to conquer Mt. Pinatubo, one of the most majestic mountains in the Philippines.

It was 1:45 in the morning when I left the house, I have no idea what will happen since it was my first time going alone in an adventure. It was 3am, when we departed from the meeting place at Mc Donalds, El Pueblo Ortigas. I took the package offered by Travel Factor – they were very organized I must say. Arriving at Capas, Tarlac tourism; seeing the 4×4 cars parked in the area, embarked and heated up my excitement – Wooh! this is it!!

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Here we go! At around 6:30am the thrilling ride started, I felt like a kid, it was like riding on a roller coaster with matching dust and mud splashing all over on a swampy, slippery, and rocky terrain.  It took 18km and an hour before we reached the drop off point.

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We had to walk at least 7km from the drop off point of the 4×4 to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. I didn’t expect that we had to cross streams; lucky enough I was prepared I brought my slippers. It was a bit tiring but fun, the weather was scorching, and that made the trek more challenging.

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Getting nearer, so we’re almost 20minutes away to the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. Like other walkers, I also took a rest to restore and replenish my body.

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Finally, all my sweats and enervation were replaced by the natured breeze and ambiance of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake. The view was fascinating and majestic as it is, so I took a lot of photos.

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