MUSING ON CLIMBING
There is a relatively small population of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain climbers, outdoor lovers in Cebu, yet how unlikely it is for them to be too diverse, too disintegrated. Perhaps because they define their pursuit differently. They, or should I say, we—have varied definitions of mountain climbing. Difference always makes us unique but it is not the reason of our disintegration—it is the lack of respect, the lack of camaraderie.
For some, Mt. Lanaya was the toughest climb they ever experienced. Others thought it was a matter of strategy. Always be two steps ahead of your current. Know yourself first before knowing the fluctuating nature of mountains. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, it becomes easier to interact with them.
Trust, for a person who seldom gives it, finds it hard to use a rope handed by a fellow mountaineer, a stranger. As much as possible, I eschew using ropes. Thus, I find alternative ways in assaulting the mountain without the utility of ropes. Challenging, yes, but doable.
Trust your shoes, your feet, your body, your mind, your comrades and the mountain, and make sure they won’t betray you. But then, again, easier said than done. But with no other ways, do it. They mean no harm.
Once you’re on the top, do not forget to look sideways or backward. It is one of the rewards of the mountain, of nature.
Of course, a reward like this after hours of ascend is always, always, always welcome.
For those who participated, thanks to all of us for enduring the climb. The fun we had outweighed the little drawbacks we experienced.
Others went straight back to the city, others decided to stay longer in Alegria. We had some spare time, so we learned there is a hot spring and falls in the neighboring town of Malabuyoc, so off we went. One of the mountaineers knew someone who could lend his cottage for a night. For free. So right after mountain climbing, beachineering presented itself.
Others went drinking, I went swimming. I was surprised with Alegria’s rich marine life. I spotted colorful fish and huge corals! Too bad I don’t have an underwater camera.
Yes, Alegria, you fascinate me.
ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO ALEGRIA (written by fellow EWIT, Sir Shimi)
Entry point: Poblacion Alegria (Highway)/Brgy. Legaspi (foot)
Exit point: Brgy. Lumpan
Entry point: poblacion Alegria (highway)/Brgy. Legaspi (foot)
Exit point: Brgy. Lumpan
0400 Gather at South Bus Terminal, Cebu City
0500 wakeup call, breakfast
1000 Alegria, lunch, beachineering, side trips, etc.LLA: 9°42’N, 123°21’E (inexact), 720 MASL
Specs: Minor, Exploration, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-3