This is a very informal writing. 🙂
Yes, difficult is very relative.
For a new runner, even a 3-km run is already too hard – difficult. However, to some new ones, the same distance could be easy – in terms of distance and pacing.
For a new climber, (here we go!) a minor climb can be very difficult. Again, difficult is very relative. The difficulty may be due to the long distance, or the technicality of the trail, or the terrain, the elevation to the summit, or a little of all.
Wait, Mt. Paliparan may be a Minor Climb, yes…but the trail going back via TungTong Falls? nah…its definitely not difficult – it’s dangerous and deadly!
I’d strongly advise anyone against doing this climb / trail for the first time. Not that I’d like to deny you of the experience, but that I want to ask you something first. Are you willing to take the risk? Do you have enough courage?
If you say yes, please! Go!
If you’re not sure you have the courage and is willing to take the risk, please, go!
The Summit of Mt. Paliparan from the Junction, coming from Cayumbay’s Brgy. Hall is at least no more than 5-kilometer. This distance is easy even for a beginner – but the trail to the Summit is very technical. You will need gloves to protect your hands, and you should be wearing something tough but light bottoms. The rocky trail in this portion is very sharp! I think a shoe with non-slip sole would be best. I wore my Roclite 243 here. I slipped (chasing a kangaroo) but only on the river trek! (Not where I shouldn’t be slipping at all!)
Summit to the Dumagat’s Community is easy. One trail. No getting lost. Locals are friendly and accomodating. Especially when you need to buy something! 🙂
From the Dumagat Community to TungTong Falls is almost a solid river trek. Walk, Jump, Hop on rocks to avoid getting your shoes/feet wet but it’s for naught…you’d really have to dip you shoes/feet anyway. Unless you really don’t mind getting a slide and falling on your butt.
Dip yourself in the water of TungTong Falls. You’d love the cold it will bring to your heated body. 😉 I immersed myself for about 55 minutes…long enough to get chills and foot cramps!
And here starts the challenge – one memorable trek you’d never forget. Going up the dirt trail from where you enjoyed a small swim.
First, you ascend on top of the small falls…river trek…walk on water over hopping on rocks…then meet the scare of your clueless life. The highest falls in front of you is also the way up! Literally!
I cant describe it in words. Pictures will do that.
No harness. No rope. No nothing! Just the rocks, and the falling streams of water.
Yes, one wrong footing or one loose hold – dead. 😉
But God is loving and merciful and kind! He created all things – including this beautiful mountain falls! There’s really a way!
First – don’t carry your bag or anything that could make you lose your grip or your balance – especially your footing. (Team effort here – send the bags up first!)
Second – do not release your footing unless you are holding tightly on something on a firm grip. (i am giving you an advice – a redundant advice!)
Third – do not look down – but focus on your way up.
Congrats – you must have made it by this time after my third advice. lol.
From there, pat your back and resume the river trek until it’s time to assault a stairway of that clay dirt soil you missed for a few hours! It’s now a literal walk to the Brgy. Hall where you started, via a bit long clay dirt road. Pray that you won’t have to pass this road on a rainy day.
Pictures below for your reference, thanks for reading!
My collage. clockwise: trail going up the summit, brgy. Hall, the falls, the climb up, view going up from the plains, dinner at YumBoss, whitened feet from river crossing.
Lunch at the Dumagat Community.
In the Dumagat’s Community coming down from the Mountain Behind. Mt. Paliparan summit is the peak between the nipa hut and my hand.
One of the many majestic view on the way up…I’m standing on a protruding rock!
Before going up to where the real challenge is! Some already got challenged at this point.
Close to the falls
Dinner at YumBoss, Mayamot, Antipolo
Atop the small falls
Only picture in the small falls before the assault back
Shot from the tail…you can see the guy in orange, right? That’s where the challenge starts.
Other pictures from other climbers are not yet uploaded so I post this one.
With God, nothing really is impossible! He enables us to do things we thought we cannot do!
All glory to him who created the heavens and the earth!