In every trip you take, there is always baffling uncertainty that makes you thrilled, antsy or both. You may have planned where you are headed but you do not know what exactly happens during the adventure itself. Personally, that sounds totally appealing granting that your group is not crossing any life-threatening paths, like meeting insurgents on the way. Then, that’s definitely a different story and that can inevitably lose whatever buoyant feeling you have. However, generally speaking, getting lost in the wilderness, chattering senselessly, reminiscing old times and traveling with old comrades can be your weekender. This is what happened to me last Sunday. I was able to have a mini-reunion with my college friends while we, together, reached the summit of Osmeña Peak.
Osmeña Peak, with an elevation of 1013 masl (meters above sea level), is the paramount mountain in Cebu province. It was considered to be a minor climb based on its difficulty. I have been to two mountains, by far, so the only mountain that I can compare this with be is Mt. Manunggal. For me, if Mt. Manunggal was with a rate of 2 from the scale of 0-10 level of difficulty, then Osmeña Peak was definitely just a 1 or even a negative. I shared this perspective to a friend who had been into the two mountains as well and he said that it could have been a 5 or 6 if we continued trekking towards Kawasan Falls, located in Badian that is approximately 98km away from the Cebu City proper.
Honestly, our trekking didn’t begin from the usual starting point at Mantalongon market. We were using my friend’s private vehicle, just stopped at the foot of the mountain and met some kids who offered their services as our guides but of course, with small monetary exchange. I believe that we started at around 8:30 AM and reached the summit at roughly 9 AM. It was just more or less 30-minute walk depending on your pacing.
The peak was more obvious than Mt. Manunggal’s and the fog was more prominent. I think that it was way colder there at night than my first mountain. Another friend who is also a seasoned mountaineer advised us to set up our tents below the peak because it can get really windy on top. Not to mention, we need to secure the tents with rocks and some ties. Though, the information was not applicable in our case since we didn’t stay overnight, this may be beneficial if you are planning for your camping.
Let me emphasized lessons I learned the hard way. Do not wear sneakers while trekking. Though it is made of a flexible sole made of rubber, it can make you slip. I have experienced slipping more than one instance. Aside from the instant laughter you get from your friends, it is not something you want to happen while trying to surpass a steep path. Good thing, though, it wasn’t a risky slip. So you need to wear ones with deep-lugged soles of tough rubber to provide friction such as hiking shoes or rubber shoes. Or just wear sandals. I have noticed some of the more experienced trekkers in Elite Mountaineering Society (group we joined in Mt. Manunggal) chose to wear sandals because they find it more comfortable.
Another thing, the path we had to take was grassier so it was advisable to wear leggings for women and long trousers for men. Apply some insect repellents especially if you have sensitive skin. And speaking of grassy, Mantalongon in Dalaguete is actually known to be “Vegetable Kingdom” of Cebu because of its vast veggie farms. Cabbages were planted randomly beside the trail we had. That was just an example of assorted veggies we saw along the way.
We stayed for another 15-30 minutes at the summit before deciding to have a quick spontaneous detour to Tumalog Falls. It was the alternative to Kawasan Falls that we could not visit that day due to time constraints. Please check the whole post of the umbrella-shaped falls in Oslob here.
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