The mountains have helped me a lot. It has become my sanctuary, my haven. Before I started climbing, I had no idea that it will actually be a start of an addiction–a positive one. Now that I am conquering more and more places, I still go back to my roots: the mountains. When we went to Samal Island in Davao (READ: Samal Island Budget Travel Guide: Where to Go, Eat and Stay), we climbed Mt. Puting Bato, the island’s highest peak. And for my latest trip to Coron, my adventure wouldn’t be complete with yet another climb. So here’s my journey to Mt. Tapyas: The summit beyond the rain.
OF ESCAPE AND RAIN
It was the last day of my 5-day trip to Coron. It was supposed to be a 4-day trip only but flight got cancelled due to the extremely bad weather. I stayed in bed the entire day, not wanting to go out. I just want to relax. The rain made me sleepy but I decided to wake up. I need to get out. I checked the weather outside of my room and it was better than the day before. It was still raining and I barely have 3 hours left before I head to the airport. Cheena and the rest of the Skyjet team were inside the meeting room so I was left alone. That’s when I decided to just go for it as I know not climbing Mt. Tapyas will be a regret later on and I won’t forgive myself for that. So I hailed a tricycle and went on.
THE CROSS, THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA
STORIES BEHIND THE LENS
DESCEND AND DEPARTURE
That afternoon, I flew back to Manila. It has been a tough but exciting journey. I will never forget it.
To get here, just ride a tricycle from the town. Fare costs Php 10 each. If you’re near the city hall, you can already walk from there, just find the Tapyas Road and walk your way to the jump off. It will take 15-45 minutes to go up the summit depending on your pace. From there, you can already enjoy the 360-degree view of Coron. Have fun climbing!