Most climbers here dreamed of climbing the highest summit in the Philippines and I was one of them. Although I made a lot of plans before to climb Mt. Apo but it was always cancelled but I got the opportunity to climb Mt. Apo together with my four climbing buddies Tina, Yoj, Palang and our guide Jun. It was before new year when five of us went to Kapatagan, Davao del Sur. We had a night trek going to Barangay Paradise, fixed our tents and prepare our dinner. We also made the arrangement with our porter that night.
It was drizzling the next morning. But we were still eager to pursue the climb. After we prepared breakfast, packed lunch and packed our things we started the trek. We passed thru Goody goody campsite, took our lunch near Baroring River and in the afternoon we trekked the boulders of Mt. Apo. We reached the peak at 5:00pm. We realized that we were the only climbers in the area. It was very cold so Tina and I decided to lit the lantern. It will lessen the coldness inside the tent and it was very helpful.
It was 4:00am when we trekked the summit near the campsite. We were lucky to have a good weather. Had our photos here and there. We even made phone calls to our friends and loved ones telling them that we were already in the summit of Mt. Apo. It was a very nice experience communing with nature. After breakfast, we packed our things and start to descend via Kidapawan trail. We passed thru Lake Venado and had our lunch then we continue to trek until we reached Agco Hotspring at night.
It was a very tiring experience but it was one of best. To those who wish to climb Mt. Apo it is better to take Kapatagan-Kidapawan trail for you to see the boulders and crater of Mt. Apo.
GETTING THERE:(via Kapatagan Trail)
From Davao City take a bus or van bound for Digos City. Then take a van or motorcycle to Kapatagan, Digos City. You can register at Mt. Apo Mountaineering trekkers Information Center in Sitio Baras, Kapatagan, Digos City. Porters and Guides may be secured upon arrival.