I was at Dulang2 when I first caught a glimpse of Mt. Apo. It wasn’t much. Just this silhoutte of a mountain, were its tip seemed to kiss the very sky. I craned my neck and squinted hard as I could owning that I’m nearsighted; my eyes feasted on the few visual crumbs the famous mountain had permitted us to see that day. I grabbed my camera and began clicking. The small jutted image at a distance was an enigma; a mystery waiting to be unveiled. “Sakaon nato ng Apo, ba![Let’s do climb Apo]”, someone said aloud. I smiled and nodded my head in response hardly taking my eyes off the topic in question. “Climb Apo…climb Apo”, I juggled the idea inside my head hoping by my repeated chanting, the thought would be less daunting. ” The highest peak in the Philippines! It’s in every pinoy mountaineer’s wishlist”, I said to myself, all the while holding on either side the sturdy branches of a grown bonsai plant. I looked below and saw the smiling faces of my friends. Hardly a trace of exhaustion brought by the lack of sleep( kinsa man pud makatulog sa katugnaw sa Dulang…aber?); laughing, drunk from the sweet taste of “summit-itis”(Noun; a temporary emotional condition a mountain climber experiences when s/he reached the top of a mountain; the change in elevation have got nothing to do with it but rather the pure satisfaction of conquering a massive natural formation; symptoms are giddiness, boisterous laughing, uncontrollable picture taking with a few jump shots as well; finishing off with promises of coming back or climbing other mountains]. I got down from my pecarious position, straigthened my jacket and shove the idea at the back of my mind. “Kung mangarap man lang, lubos-lubusin na. The sky is the limitation–matud pa sa akong miga!”
Fastforward, fourteen months and sixteen days. I’m excited. “Ang sky is the limitation, naabot ra! Nakadagit pa jud, ug bituon!” The wishlist would now turned into, “I’ve Done-that-list!”. Promises made, were promises kept.” Let’s see… What would Dulang2 look like from the other side?”. I’ll be sure to take a picture for you.