After my Mt. Balagbag escapade, I fell in love with mountains. It made me feel that it’s really nice to be on top. So right after that, I googled mountains near Metro Manila with only 3/9 difficulty. Thank you internet for giving me Mt. Pamitinan.
Bryan, my friend who accompanied me to Balagbag, wasn’t available so I tagged along William, another friend who is also fond of traveling.
We didn’t have any preparations at all. We just talked on Facebook and relied on a blog from Pinoy Mountaineer.
Come Sunday (January 8, 2017), we headed to Rodriguez, Rizal, registered at the Barangay Hall, got a guide (tour guides are required) and started trekking at 6AM.
The trail started with a steep stair and I found myself gasping for air early on. Deep inside me, I felt that this trek would not be easy and it really was!
Trails to the peak of Pamitinan can be classified from 1-4 with limestone scrambling. Indeed, being a newbie, it was a struggle especially with assaults near the summit.
It took us almost 10:30AM to reach the summit. Another factor why it took us so long was the long lines at the view decks. There were like a hundred climbers during that day. It was like a mall with beautiful and priceless views.
Upon descend, it was more difficult for me. I guess my weight caused me the hard time. Plus, we haven’t had lunch and my knees were both trembling .
Climbing along buwis-buhay assaults, it made me rethink my past mistakes of quitting because of convenience. I remember quitting judo and jiu-jitsu because it was the easiest way out.
I almost quit trekking when I faced a difficult assault. I kept telling myself, “akala ko ba minor climb?,” while thinking about going back. While I sat on the side, a number of climbers passed by me and most of have the same built as I do but they made it. I had a brief epiphany almost 300+ meters above sea level. I thought about how I quit judo, jiu-jitsu and taking care of my body. I stopped whenever I am being challenged. I always choose to stay inside my comfort zone which led me to a 200-pound, lazy and unconfident individual that I am now. For a change, I made another attempt and succeed. It was liberating. It was empowering. For so long, this is how I live my life – blinded, afraid, complacent, figuratively dead. I want change. I want my life back.
Why would I stop? This is just my first climb for 2017. More mountains to conquer. I just have to lose weight!
Anyways, it was supposed to be a twin hike with Mt. Binacayan but we opted to just rest and go home. We’ll be back with a vengeance, that’s for sure.
Here’s how we got to Mt. Pamitinan:
- 300AM – Meet up in Farmers Cubao
- 330AM – Breakfast
- 400AM – Rode a van going to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal (Fare is P50)
- 515AM – ETA Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal. From here, we took a tricycle to Wawa (Fare is P60)
- 530AM – ETA Wawa (From here, we went to the Barangay Hall to register. Registration costs P50. Guides are required so we got one. Standard ratio of guide and climber is 1:5).
- 600AM – Start trek
- 1030AM – ETA Pamitinan Summit (Technically, summit can be reached from 1-3 hours but has several stops and rest so it took us almost 4.5 hours).
- 11AM – Start descend.
- 230PM – Back to Wawa ( Going down was more difficult. Again, we had several stops because it was so exhausting).
- 300PM – Back to Manila.
Here are the photos from our trek to Mt. Pamitinan: