Its been a while since the last time that I went to rock climbing, I always wanted to go there again but my time is always limited plus my friends’ schedules are always hectic aswell. But I didn’t expect that one of my instructors in military training ( sir Arnel Taac Taac ) contacted me and invited to go with them to rock climb. It was unplanned but I was really excited to go. I supposed to have a 5k run that time with my classmates but I had to canceled it because rock climbing is more interesting and fun than running.
So we agreed to meet there at the crag at 8:00 am and I contacted one of my friends (cha-cha) also to go with me since she always wanted to climb again .I left from my house around 7:30 am and took a bus going to the crag which is in Poog Lutupan Toledo City. I meet cha-cha there and we rode motorbike going up to the crag. We arrived ahead than sir Arnel and his team (Baso Mountaineers) and our guide sir Enie Yonson. Few minutes later, they arrived. Sir Arnel introduced us to his brother and to some of his co mountaineers. Later, sir Enie and his guest from Australia, arrived and he introduced us to them too. While they’re setting up the rope and their gears, I started warming up myself by doing a free climbing. I climbed without the gears with me but only in the bottom part of the rock about 2 meters high.
The rope was set and we started climbing one by one. Sir Arnel thought us how to tie the rope to your harness, And I finally can remember now, i have been teaching how to do it before but I always forgot, but it since I practice it again and again, it would hard to forget now. Cha-cha wasn’t able to make it to the top because its been a year since the last time that she climb and she was not prepared for the climb. So she just lay on ground while watching us climbing.
It was almost lunch time when the rest of their team arrived and while others are climbing, we shared our foods for lunch and relax while waiting the others to finish the climb. Its very surprising that its easier for me to do it now unlike before that im having a hard time, although there are parts of the crag that is very difficult but im glad that I made to the top in every level of the climb.
It was around 4:00 pm when we started to pack away and leave the crag. We asked some locals to take us a photos as a remembrance of the climb then we headed to 7/11 near the church of Lutupan to have some refreshments. They bought some beers while I had some sandwich and hot drink.
I went ahead of these people as I still have to travel back home by a bus and same as Cha-cha.
To Baso Mountaineering team, Thank you so much for the invitation. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward for more climbs with you.
HERE’S HOW TO GET TO THE CRAG
- If you are in Cebu city, ride a bus in Cebu south bus terminal going to Toledo, tell the driver that you will go down at the corner of upper poog lutupan.
- Ride a motorbike going up the crag
- Bring your own foods and water as there is no store nearby.
- There will be some locals from there who has a log book so just register yourself and pay 10.00 pesos for the registration.
CHEERS TO MORE ADVENTURES !!!!!!!!!!