Pico De Loro

After the historic first full climb at Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas earlier this month, Pico De Loro (lit. Parrot’s Peak) at Ternate, Cavite happened to be our next destination last weekend.

I’m afraid this blog will turn into an adventure/travel one pretty soon as this perverse mountain-climbing desire is largely growing on me these past few weeks―that reverie of me wishing to go high and wishing to go high and \wishing to go high, and then I was there, and then wondering why the hell do I want to be high, literally, given that I’m afraid of heights. Irony.

Blessed with pleasing weather and sweet-disposition-ed climbmates, the hike commenced soft and safe.

Photoshoot sessions are inevitable along the way, photographing those otherworldly colors, surreally captured on those lenses. Setting hypocrisy aside, people, themselves, are their own favorite subjects. So to say, get drowned with our vanity.

After two to three hours of racing against gravity, finally, we’re there―I had no particular desire to stay any longer than necessary at the summit as my intestines were already trying to escape from my body during that moment.

The adventure didn’t end there. There was another peak we had to climb, which was a matter of life and death to me. I had to scramble up that slightly polished lump using my both hands gripping those few growing weeds along it, that if I slip, no, I wouldn’t want to. Feel sorry for me because the clamber I was talking about was a stroll-in-a-park for others on the team.

On top, finally. While we're there, I might as well got in to some good moments with beaming hypoxic smile. Though the wind was hardly blowing, I still managed to do some sight-seeing, overlooking the grandiose top view of a yet another wondrous gift of nature. I was there, and right in front of my very eyes are what seemed to be a caricature of a ferocious nature. That moment, the great outdoors are no more foreign to me.

The end of lunchtime signalled the start for descent. We drove our way back to Los Banos and wrapped the day with a long, good sleep. 

Credits: Some of the photos are owned by Lara Batalon & Erik Fruto

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