the MOUNT PINATUBO climb
Being in charge of the research and organization of the team to Pinatubo, I came to know a lot about the place through stories from blogs----- what to expect, what to remember. I have seen countless pictures too but the experience, from the 4x4 ride to the hike still caught me by surprise. This place is too beautiful to be described in pictures and words and experiencing it yourself, getting your muscles and senses involved guarantees a rewarding and unique experience.
From the set off point and during the entire hike, I kept wondering where the summit/crater is as it is not visible at all. What I mean is, MOUNT PINATUBO doesn't look like a typical volcano at all, say Mayon or Taal with a well formed cone shape. The last 15 minutes of the hike requires you to pass through lush vegetation. Gives you the feeling that you are in a forest or something and then there, until the last few steps, you wouldn't expect that you are already in the crater.