|Morning view from the summit of Mt. Amuyao|
|View of Barlig as we ascend to the summit of Mt. Amuyao|
I am one of the 4 wait listed person on this climb. But because I really want to go for a climb on this long weekend, I opted to look for another option just in case no available slot will open for me. My other friend's climb welcome me with enthusiasm and the mountain is equally good. But 1 slot opened for me, now I am turn between two great mountains, two group of good friends. But because it is a birthday climb of my three good friends, I decided to join on the first group that I signify my intent of joining. The climb is blessed with good weather, no rain, not so much wind on a great mountain.
The group followed a 4-day traverse itinerary, starting from the Municipality of Barlig to Batad. What I like most about the trails of Amuyao, the trail that offers a quality climb to trekkers with a bonus of the scenic mountain range of the Cordilleras and the famous rice terraces. From the elevator stair ascend to the summit, to a never ending slippery descend, to the long and unending crossing on the pathways of the rice terraces, up to the stair way to heaven stairs on the last day of the climb to the saddle where an only pick point of vehicle to Banaue, all of these really make this climb full of fun and adventure.
|A good way to start our day 2.|
|Batad Rice Terraces with the summit of Mt. Amuyao|
As I followed our trail master, most of the time I am way behind him but at times managed to catch up. Some parts of the trail has landslides making the traverse really difficult and sometimes dangerous. It is here that we encounter the blood sucking leeches and encounter some bees too. I hate both of them, my trauma of the bees due to a bee attack almost 12 years ago on climb is still there especially if I hear the sound of the bees. I enjoyed most of the uphills though. Reaching the open part with the beautiful view of Pat-yay rice terraces is just breath taking, and crossing the rice fields is manageable. Reach the campsite in 5 hours and decided to use the house as our shelter for the night.
|Stairs all you can|
|Crossing the many rice terraces. Thank's Bugsy for the picture.|
|We just had so much fun at Simon's Inn. Thanks Bugsy for the picture.|
|Trail running along the mountain slopes of Batad|
After lunch, bringing our stinky pack we head to the saddle, the only place that any vehicle can reach on this haven hidden by the mountain slopes above it. It's almost an hour uphill trek on a hot sunny day.
Truly, it feels great to be back in the mountain. The beauty of nature never fail to amaze me at all. We are blessed with good weather for it never rain on our 4 days on the mountain. It was hot and sunny but I always see that as my heat training. Having to climb with friends whom I share the same passion and love of climbing with is always full of laughter and fun despite the challenges we encounter along the way. It's always great climbing with you all and I always look forward of climbing/trekking with the group again someday.
'Til the next mountain peak.
Pictures: Mt. Amuyao 2012
Climb Itinerary: Mt. Amuyao
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