MOUNT PINATUBO climb
The trip that I organized or say initiated last Sunday was a success. From four members, our number grew to 12. Finally, the plan to set foot on Mount Pinatubo became a reality. I know it's just a 2 hour drive from Manila to Capas Tarlac but to think that I have scheduled it November 2010 made me realize how elusive the Mount Pinatubo climb was to me.
The plan was postponed due to bad weather, shortage of income and 2 trips to other destinations. When we were able to finally set the date, the strong earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in Japan made us think twice weather to push for it or not. Glad we did. There was no better time.
1. the 4x4 ride
2. the hike
3. the CRATER
The 4x4 ride is the first component of the journey to the summit of Mount Pinatubo. From Spa Town where all tourists are required to register, it takes a thrilling 1.5 hours of bumpy ride to the set off point where you should hike to the crater of the volcano. This takes you in a route you can rarely see your entire life.
The first 30 minutes of it will be on the plains covered with sands from the lahar generated by the explosion of 1990. From afar, you can see hills and mountains cordoning the area. From time to time, the 4x4 jeep would pass through streams which ads drama to the experience.
But who wouldn't want to take the risk and do whatever it takes if you are to pass through a beautiful place like this?