Kamras 7: Mt. Apo via Sta. Cruz (Boulders)

For years, I’ve been eager to crash out one entry in my bucket list and declining several invites was not of a good help. Kamras was a blessing in disguise that I could finally do my trek in Apo via Sta. Cruz – boulders baby! Now I am more than happy to show my photos crash an entry of my ambitious list. Being the Philippines’ highest peak, unique and challenging boulders of Sta. Cruz trail and despite of the long list of fees, it is still one of the sought out challenging treks every Filipino Mountaineer always wanted. On top of it all, the very nice weather is a bonus!

I left Iligan with uncertainties knowing that I had issues back at work. I was even willing to cut my trip off once I would receive a big NO after sending the TL a short notice while at the back of my mind I would surely regret missing my yearly climbing event. But, after fetching Jojo at Malaybalay, I realized that there’s no turning back. SHE is going to kill me. Lol Can you imagine the past camaraderie like Kamras 6, group pictures, unending laughters, the oooohs and aaaaahs, the slide and slips in the trail and the jellies!!! Should I say Japan japan too?

Kamras 7 had 56 participants, probably the most number of participants in the history. It was difficult to gather and get to know each of them but I had a lot of fun meeting new faces on the trail (hey there kiddos and Madam Nurse, Nice to meet all of you), the ultimate sweepers, and while tent hopping (Hey there Madam Mel! Congratulations on your 8th Anniversary and thank you for the anniversary pancake. Please join next year’s Kamras so I can also celebrate on your 9th Anniversary too 😉 ). The Kamras original plan was a traverse trek of Mt. Talomo and Mt. Apo. Due to certain circumstances the plan was then changed to a backtrail Mt. Apo trek with an entry and exit point in Sta. Cruz.

 

The Route

Photo by: summitpost.org
Photo by: summitpost.org

 

Packed with basic needs and a sense of adventure, I braved trekking through the boulders under the scorching heat of the sun on a beautiful weather (I had my face burnt).

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Who would mind a sunburn for this beauty?

 

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

 

I would glad to get dirty in these forests

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

 

Itinerary

KAMRAS-7 Itinerary
Mt. Apo
Entry Point: Sta. Cruz
Exit Point: Sta. Cruz…
December 27-30, 2013

Day 0 December 26, 2013 – Arrival & Registration

1600        ETA Davao City (Bus Terminal)
1700        Buy supplies, Dinner
1900        ETA Meeting Place, Bangkal (Pathe Canon’s Residence – Contact Pathe for instruction-09177153045)
2000        Briefing/Meeting
2100        Lights Off

Day 1 December 27, 2013 – Jump-off to Tinikaran Holding Camp 1

0400 Wake Up Call
0500 ETD Davao to Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur (Hired Transport)
0600 ETA Sta. Cruz Municipal Hall, Tourism Office, Breakfast
0800 ETD Sta. Cruz to Sitio Baruring
1000 ETA Sitio Baruring (Jump-off point)
1030 ETD Sitio Baruring to Sitio Colan
1100 ETA Sitio Colan
1130 ETA Sitio Tumpis
1300 Lunch on Trail
1700 ETA Tinikaran Holding Camp 1
1800 Pitch Tent, Dinner Preparation
1900 Dinner and Socials
2000 Lights Off

Day 2 December 28, 2013 – Tinikaran Holding Camp 1 to Summit Camp

0600 Wake Up Call, Prepare Breakfast and Packed Lunch
0700 ETD Tinikaran Holding Camp 1 to Tinikaran Holding Camp 2
0800 ETA Tinikaran Holding Camp 2
0900 ETA Boulders
1200 Lunch Before Assault
1300 Start of Assault
1400 ETA at Crater
1430 ETA at Mount Apo Summit Camp
1500 Pitch Tent, Explore Vast Summit Area, Dinner Preparation
1700 Dinner and Socials
1900 Lights Off

Day 3 December 29, 2013 – Descent, Socials

0500 Wake-up call, Sunrise and Panoramic Viewing, Prepare Breakfast and Packed Lunch
0600 Breakfast, Break Camp
0700 Start Descent
0900 ETA Lake Venado
1200 ETA Almaciga Century Tree Holding Camp, Lunch
1400 ETA Sitio Garok
1500 ETA Sitio Colan
1530 ETA Sitio Baruring
1600 ETD Sitio Baruring to Davao City (Hired Transport)
1900 ETA Mervillas Beach Resort, Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao city
2000 Free Dinner, Socials, Distribution of Freebies and More Surprises
2200 MANGAMBRAS…

Day 4 December 30, 2013 – Homeward Bound

Mt. Apo
With the kikay buddy / Kamras Nurse

Hint: On a hot day, expect to have a cold weather at the peak/campsite. The strong wind brings in cold and misty air that would smash down your tents and ply. Be sure to bring gloves, beanie and/or scarf to keep you warm. The peak is wide enough to accommodate 30 – 40 tents. Secure the area near the rock that would shield you from the hammering wind. Water is abundant.

***Thank you Tinago Mountaineers for inviting me again and again and for my beautiful photos. Please don’t get tired of my Japan Japan moments. Mwah Mwah Tsup Tsup

So, what’s next? Mt. Kinabalu? Mt. Gunung Bromo? Annapurna trek? Mt. Huangshan or The Salcantay Trek of Macchu Picchu?

How was your trek in Mt. Apo? Isn’t it amazing?

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5 thoughts on “Kamras 7: Mt. Apo via Sta. Cruz (Boulders)

  1. Kat! Makahilak man sad ta ani . . I miss you kat. . Happy to be menti0ned in ur kamras 6 and 7 posts. . sayang
    Wala ta sa kamras 9 😦 . . See u s0metime s0on.. Amping! :-*

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