3 july 09, 8pm: assembly time at victory bus liner in cubao quezon city
just left cubao for baguio city. seatmate Richard Visco. i was wanting to climb mt pulag for the benefit of fellow-braintumor patients at PGH. one day I saw richard in a coffee shop with his laptop on looking at photos of his mountain climbing experience, i approached him and starts talking of mt pulag and that was the beginning of Mission. Possible. A follower of Christ, occupational therapist by profession, mountain climber, excellent photographer, physically-challenged (one eye blind), the Lord used him to organized this climb. many thanks Richard.
will and ace concordia of climbing for christ philippines (C4C): just arrived baguio city 3:30am
arrival in baguio city: (L-R) will abbott, my neurosurgeon dr gap legaspi, dr gap's bro-in-law pete cruz, dr gap's brother judge german legaspi, ace concordia of Climbing for Christ Philippines (C4C).
one more time...
with A Alorro of C4C and brother: checking our backpacks being loaded in the jeepney going to benguet
breakfast stopover after leaving baguio
breakfast stopover: full stomachs ready to go!
with some of the C4C ladies ambuklao dam.
my neurosurgeon dr gap on the left. everyone was excited over the ambuklao dam backdrop... far right rtc judge (manila) german legaspi, was rushing to take part in this group photo.
there's judge german legaspi with the group
let's go to mt pulag
view from the top of falls
arrival at the Dept of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for final orientation on Mt. Pulag
mt pulag final orientation
houses along benquet
very rough road, tough jeepney, skillful driver, shaken passengers, hahaha
arrival at the Ranger's Station. in order to reach mt pulag we have to start here then camp 2 and finally the summit
leaving the Ranger's Station and for the first time our backpacks on. i chose not to use a porter.
(L-R) brother-in-law of dr gap pete cruz of hsbc, my neurosurgeon dr gap legaspi
arrived camp 2 after a grueling hike especially at least for a first mountain climbing ever!
camp 2 where the team spend the night
4:00am 5 july 09 - ready to assault the summit - from tent to the summit! let's get this done! my adrenaline is all cranked-up 3 days before this climb... agghhhh!
i can see the summit!!!
there's the summit!
6:00am, 5 july 09 - reached the summit!
praise THE ONE who extended my life!
at last the summit...
jump shots! yahoo, the summit!
Richard Visco my friend. I was wanting to climb mt pulag for a cause. I saw richard in a coffee shop with his laptop on looking at his mountain climbing experience, i approached him and starts talking of mt pulag and that was the beginning of Mission Possible. An occupational therapist, mountain climber, photographer, physically-challenged (one eye blind), the Lord used him to organized this climb. thanks Richard.
pose on the summit richard...
our mt pulag guides and porters. man, how they can carry the load as if walking in the park! if you happen to be searching for raw candidates for the olympics, it's them!
doctors, nurse, these guys supported me all way to the summit... thanks!
wow Lord Jesus!
ahhh, God's creation, mt pulag summit
mountain top experience...
enjoying the summit!
31 participants for mt pulag mission possible - a climb for a cause for the benefit of philippine general hospital (pgh) neuro patients - a project called "Hardin ng Pagasa" (Garden of Hope) in partnership with the neuroscience department of pgh. from several walks of life - medical doctors, occupational therapist, nurse, rtc judge, business/ corporate officers-employees, their enthusiastic support for the reason of this climb is overwhelming!!!
this one from my camera...!
these guys are trying to do a "beach scene" jump shot on the summit... know what? i later join them, hahaha!
Richard and me! it all started in our coffee shop discussion! thanks Richard.
Glory to God in the highest!
one of the hills on the way down from the summit
again... mt pulag - done!
mt pulag summit view from camp 2 after our climb
my neurosurgeon dr gap legaspi with mt pulag summit on the backdrop.
going down from the mountain top experience taken in our jeepney
some of the boys in our jeepney
receiving mt pulag national park certificate of achievement from Ace Concordia
receiving the mt pulag national park (denr) certificate of achievement
mt pulag national park particulars
mt pulag, DONE! ready to go home...
arrived home, 6 July 09, 3:30am
my knee/life-saving coleman trekking pole!
my trekking poles
soiled, but this trekking poles helped me to come home in one piece!
my knee/life-saving, soiled coleman trekking poles
6 july 09 - recharged and renewed spirit!
wearing Mission Possible shirt...
THANK YOU MISSION POSSIBLE TEAM!
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE COURTESY OF MISSION POSSIBLE TEAM MATES: ADOLF LOPEZ AND PATRICK BONAOBRA
group photo before leaving the Ranger's Station
and off we go!
the blue camper was me!
(L-R) Judge German Legaspi, Dr Gap Legaspi, Me, Pete Cruz, Richard Visco... judge, neurosurgeon, banker, therapist - blessed to be included with an incredible team!
stopover before in between Ranger's station and camp 2
camp 2 from afar where we spend the night
4 july 09 sunset from camp 2
Testifying of God's goodness and exhorting the team
the temperature was cold but something burning inside!
5 july 09 before sunrise
5 july 09 sunrise
on the summit
Glory to God in the Highest!!!
team members trekking the summit
The Lord's Supper on Mt Pulag Summit
exhortation in The Lord's Supper on mt pulag's summit
reading the Holy Scriptures
what a awesome experience, the Lord's presence was there.
breaking of the bread...
passing the wine...
seeking the presence of God
awesome presence of God..
Ace Concordia of C4C. Many thanks Ace.