December 29, 2011

Recollection: Mt. Kalatungan

Summit-- Mt. Kalatungan
Photo Credit: Brax Aligno

One of my longest, most challenging, and difficult climb is our ascent to Mt. Kalatungan. Mt Kalatungan is the highest point among the series of mountains named the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park with the entrance point at Pangantucan, Bukidnon.

I said longest because we had our climb for four days, not our usual three day climb. I said most challenging and difficult because I did not have complete climbing equipment (trek pants, sleeping bag) during the climbClimbing Tip: Climbers need to be prepared physically and mentally. You need to have complete climbing gear such as warmers, pants, and tunnel-type tent so you will not be bothered by the elements.

But amidst the challenges and difficulties, is the breath-taking view and the exhilarating feeling up there. I particularly would not forget this view during the start of the climb. We are following the trail along the ridge of a mountain, where on the right and left side is a cliff. On a distance you will then see a valley with a falls in the middle.

Wow! It is great up there! You will know that you have reached the summit of Mt. Kalatungan through the presence of a tribal altar that is built by the natives up there. This altar is built with wood, kawayan, and cloth (mostly red and white). This altar is used by the tribal people as they sacrifice to their gods in the mountains.

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