Text and Photo by Euden Valdez
Crying Mountains to Tacadang
HOW does one prepare for a journey to someplace one has never been before? Often, a traveler relies on research and recommendations.
For us mountaineers involved in community work, communication among locals and leaders are required. It is them whom we based our itinerary and estimations on trek time. Often, if they say it takes them one hour to summit from jump off, then we double it for ourselves.
This was the case for our Kibungan circuit, in which half was to be spent on unfamiliar trails despite RAK Ph Mountaineers’ regular outreach activities in the mountainous province. We were aware that coming from Sitio Lanipew, all of us would technically be “first-timers” going to Barangay Tacadang proper on Day 2.
Thankfully, we were rested, albeit, not fully restored.
Still, we had already accomplished our mission to conduct an ocular and interview with Lanipew locals for our solar project, which had been in the pipeline for over a year already.
Now, we had to continue our journey.
is a former dyarista,