18-19 March 2006: Due to my busy schedule of review for the upcoming board exam I wasn’t able to join my friends (Tim Galon and Cesar Aquino) on the 1st day of the Mt. Romelo climb. Nevertheless, I joined Tim’s co-mountaineers who planned to go on the next day.
Going up were easy, grass lands, hill, dry part, rain forest, river crossing, rappelling and swimming in the basin. Mt. Romelo was an effortless climb and I can rate it as 2/10 in difficulty. No major assault. The only complicated part was the rappel in the Buruwisan Falls and the climb in the Batya-Batya Falls going to Sampaloc Falls.
The rest you can just enjoy the view and soak your body in the abundant fresh water of the mountain. There was also numerous number of bukal (local term for water source). Camping site was near the river, or in the huge rock formation near the river. Some people also camp in the Buruwisan Falls. Lots of mountaineers gathered here any time of the year even though bandits are common in the said mountain. Luckily, during that time, there were only few mountaineers and no robbers in the area that bother us. We experienced serene and relaxing climb.
“I believe in hard work and perseverance.”