We then exchanged messages in Facebook and then set the date for the climb. I though that the group is just composed of 10 trekkers and I was surprised when he said that there will be 30 joining the climb. This would be the first official climb of the new mountaineering group "ASCEND" - outdoor group of Ingram Micro.
After the almost 5 hours of trekking, we finally reached the camp site. There were already few campers pitching their tents and if i am not mistaken we were the 5th. Since its almost getting dark, we hurriedly climbed up to the second summit were the famous Parot's Beak is located. At the top, you can see a 360 view with the Pico de Loro cove as backdrop.
Getting to the second summit is more technical and difficult but the view is more rewarding than the first summit. To be able to maintain my balance, i need to use my upper limbs and at times hang onto the grasses - steep slope, strong winds plus a slippery trail were the obstacles we need to surpassed to reach the summit.
I reserved climbing the Parrot's beak the next time i will scale this beautiful mountain.
At 2 in the afternoon the first group were already at the ranger station but the second group was far behind us. The initial plan is that we will go back to Manila ahead of them to catch my flight but we cannot do it because "Niche" - who was with us was bringing money. At this point, I can feel that my vacation will be extended which I could not afford because I have a flight to Cagayan de Oro the first thing in the morning.
After a few more minutes of waiting, the second group arrived and immediately settled our budget. At 3PM we were off to Manila on an amazing race pace. My mates were even making fun of me expressing that they are willing to adopt me in case that I failed to catch my flight. At that moment I only hoped that we wont be caught by heavy traffic and reached the airport on time.
Fastforward - Luckily, I arrived at the airport on time, checked in and prepare for boarding. Then while relaxing at the pre-departure area, I suddenly heard an announcement notifying the passengers bound for Cebu that our flight would be delayed. :)