Before I could end my Mt. Apo series, allow me to give a fitting tribute to my climbing buddies – Mhy, Ng Lesley, Ate Ching and Toffee. They have made my climb stress-free, fun and very memorable. I also appreciate the fact that there are no drama royalty in this bunch, although there are instances where an emotional outburst is certainly excusable.
I could say that none of us are full-blooded mountaineers which is a rather ambiguous label to say the least. But we do have similar appetites for and attitudes toward adventure which probably led us to group ourselves for this Mt. Apo climb.
One person in the group was only given 2 days to decide and then to prepare for this adventure while another member has a major climb scheduled 2 weeks afterwards. There was also somebody who inadvertedly made a trail along the boulder face and another one who continued walking despite losing a rubber shoe sole along the way. All the different circumstances we faced before, during and after this climb would actually be worth another lengthy entry in this blog. But suffice it to say to we left Mt. Apo with a feeling that something has changed profoundly in our own personal lives.
I do hope that I could see each of them someday at a coffeeshop or another mountain for that matter in Cebu, Koronadal and Cagayan de Oro. Until that opportunity shows up, I wish them success in all the mountains they have to climb, in the literal and figurative sense of the thought.
I would like to thank as well Toffee who owns Identitee Prints for our wonderful custom shirts that we wore at the Mt. Apo peak. 🙂
If you missed my Mt. Apo series, here is a rundown of the previous posts:
Mt. Apo: the ultimate Philippine adventure
Climbing Mt. Apo via the Kapatagan trail – Day 1-2 account
Mt. Apo exit via the Sibulan trail– Day 3-4 account
Climb Apo Tour and Services – the guys who immensely helped us in our adventure.