Trek and follow the horizon passing various peaks - to a place where waves and sand meets mountains and pine trees. A chance to use my weekends to destress. To be one with the mountains. To cherish the rain and feel the sand on my toes. I met strangers, adventure lovers, new friends. A gratifying experience of nature's wonders all in one place.
Mt. Cinco Picos traverse to Silanguin Cove is a mountain-to-sea adventure, which makes this climb more exciting and memorable. A beach holds a special place in my heart and when I found out that this climb includes a Zambales beach finale, I immediately signed up.
Back in 2011, we were trapped in Pundaquit and cancelled all our island hopping plans due to typhoon, thus I made a promise to myself that I will go back to this place again – and luckily I got this chance to fulfill that promise.
Over the mountain
The painstakingly long treks are descent-ascent combos mostly over barren fields of cogon grass which totally challenged my endurance. Traversing Mt. Cinco Picos on a clear sunny day could be like hell. Hence, I was just so grateful for the regularly passing gray clouds and intermittent cold rains during our hike.
It was not a threatening, mad rain, but rather a soft, lovely rain accompanied by subtle, gentle winds from the nearby coves. The air is exquisite and as I walk, I savor each deep breath my lungs take in. It was a perfect rain on a challenging hike.
The long walk ended at the sandy beach of the serene Silanguin Cove. As soon as I saw the beach, I felt exhilaration and immediately filled with a warm feeling of accomplishment after that exhausting 9-hour continuous trek.
The irony of it is that I was so thankful for being depleted and exhausted.
Wish granted, promise fulfilled
|Silanguin Cove - my customary #footnote shot|
Beach camping on anywhere remote - this is a wish granted.
I always hope of a chance to go camping on a beach - that tickling sensation of sand between toes, sleeping on a tent, being lulled to sleep by the symphony of crashing waves and waking up breathing in the salt-scented sea breezes. I spent my childhood days playing on a beach, maybe that is why I love all things coastal.
|Panoramic shot of Silanguin Cove - Click Photo to Enlarge|
I can’t help but get hyped up on our stay at Silaguin Cove. I want to enjoy every moment of our stay and while others are busy preparing for dinner and pitching tents, I immediately took a swim – as it was a challenge for me to ignore Silanguin Cove’s calm waters over idyllic backdrop of mountains and rows of pine trees. The beach is isolated and somehow dramatic.
|Pine trees along the coast line of Silanguin Cove|
|Calm waters of Silanguin Cove perfect for rowing|
|Cloudy day sunset|
|Drama, romance and a bit of mystery|
|Golden streaks on the waters - Panoramic shot of Silanguin Cove - CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE|
A perfect night to share stories over rounds of rhum. The challenging questions posed to all was - "Why you climb mountains? What is something unique about you? Crazy and unforgettable experience you had.
The funny stories, laughter and the crazy conversations sent us all to peaceful sleep against the pounding rains.
Through the sea
A new day began.
|Waiting for the golden hour - Click Photo to Enlarge|
|Sir Gerry on the look out|
The next challenge is to beat the upcoming typhoon. It is very much possible that we cannot cross the sea from Silanguin Cove going to mainland of Pundaquit and we will have no choice but to cross Mt. Cinco Picos again and brave the exhausting trek back to Sitio Cawag jump off - else we will be trapped at Silanguin Cove.
It was a possibility, a traverse-reverse scenario, well explained to us by Sir Gerry before we depart from Pasay Bus Terminal – a challenge we all accepted nonetheless. That was the beauty of being with a group of people with cravings for adventure – no room for prima-donnas, I’m sure you know the type.
|This is definitely not your usual island-hopping boat ride|
We shared our last moments together on a two-hour roller-coaster motorized banca ride from Silanguin Cove going to Pundaquit.
Surrounded by adventurous spirits and nature’s beauty, this Mt. Cinco Picos-Silanguin Cove mountain-to-sea adventure was truly gratifying and memorable.
As I took a last look at the small islands visible from the Pundaquit beach, I was left longing for more moments and adventure like this.
We said our goodbyes at the Olongapo bus terminal – but this parting won’t last long.
|The perfect last part of the trail....|
I am hoping more adventures will surely allow our paths to cross again.
Also check out Part I of this Mountain-to-Sea Adventure
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