Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pongas Extreme Adventure


Because Sagada is one of my favorite adventure places, there is no way that I will not have an outreach program here (to know more about it, please click here). Because of this, my main guide in Sagada (who you'll see in almost all my Sagada post) Kuya Sotero Ngoloban of SaGGAs gave me a treat. I requested for the Pongas Extreme Adventure. I have been to Pongas Falls and this time I want to level up.

With my friends Cielo and Ceejay, we started this activity right after going down from an overnight camp at Mt. Ampacao. We did not get any transportation because we were on a budget. Good thing, Kevin, one of the SaGGAs guides passed by with his vehicle while we were walking along the road  and we hopped in. This saved us from around 7km of walk, time and energy.

On my first Pongas Falls experience, we did the river route which was more adventurous. This time, we did the easier route which had a paved walk way.  

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The place looked all so familiar and memories from my first experence.

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Water source.


The easier route was faster.


Kuya Sotero had a surprised lunch for us.
He brought with him a cook set.


While we helped him cook, he returned with a piece of wood and started doing something.


Tah dah!!! 
He made this as our spatula for our rice. How resourceful!
I wanted to take it home as a souvenir but I was shy to ask.


So what's for lunch???
Well, we brought our comfort food, Spam.
Kuya Sotero brought rice, milk fish, tomatoes, meat loaf and bananas. 


Kuya Sotero did not actually cook. He brought everything but he made us do the cooking.
Ha ha ha which was fine because it was all for free and we were women, we should be doing this.


Of course, I did not cook. 
This is always my participation.
Kuya Sotero got banana leaf for our plate.


Thank you Kuya Sotero for lunch.


Our awesome Pongas Boodle lunch!!!!


Proof that it was awesome!!! 


Now, it's time for the adventure.
Ropes are what we only need. 


Good to see Pongas Falls again!!!

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As usual, it was slippery.
Our goal is to go up Pongas falls.


Before that, photo shoot first.

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While we were cooking, Kuya Sotero already prepared the ropes right at the middle of the two falls.

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I went first. This was taken from above.

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Taken at the middle of the falls.

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Group shot.
I remember we had to move slowly here because there was limited space and that limited space was very slippery.

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Then going up again.



Then we reached the top!

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Poor Kuya Sotero. 
I remember he brought my slippers on my first visit to Pongas.
And he carried my hiking shoes this time he he he 


Surprises as we trekked.


This was the most difficult part I've experienced in this activity.
We had to carry our weight to go up.
The soil were soft and it was a challenge carrying ourselves up.

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There was no trail. 
Just like with my other adventures with Kuya Sotero, he would walk around first to find the way.


With the help of the bolo knife, there were LESS cuts for us.


The were lots of streams.

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And rocks.

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Beautiful views.


More challenging paths and more cuts hehehe

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Uphill.

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Hidden beautiful places.

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We were suppose to go to that falls but because we were pressed for time, 
we were not able to go to that one. 


It was an up and down trek.
And more beautiful sights.

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Pitcher plant.


This was our first sight of the village after a couple of hours.
It looks so far but guess what . . . it was farther than we thought ha ha ha


This requires a whole day of trekking.
We reached darkness going back.
I forgot what this was. 
I was really exhausted to pay attention but still managed to take a photo.
What is this, anyone?


Aside from the challenging route and darkness, we were able to reach the road.


The road that was like a couple of kilometers away to our lodge.
But that was fine. As long as we were walking on a road and not inside the forest. 


This was one AWESOME experience.
It gave us a lot of cuts after feeling it under the hot shower but the experience being able to conquer it and enjoy the beauty of nature . . . was priceless!

Thank you Kuya Sotero!
Thank you Sagada!

More of Sagada post, please click this link.

Credits to Ceejay for the other photos.

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27 comments:

nice post...i really wanna go der, soon!!! next time d n ko tatanggi s invitation

nice post...i wanna go der soon!!!! next time d n ko tatanggi s invitation

Cooking without the use of extensive materials and ingredients is such a challenge especially when you're not in a fit kitchen. I experienced it only once during camping and I was so stressed haha.

Great place. I thought of my experience at waterfall last time with friends.

waaah! some of your photos looks so challenging. upon looking it, it feels like i'm going to fall from my chair. fear of heights? aw >_<

Your photo's look amazing! What camera do you use? Also I really dont know if I would have the guts to do what you did!

I like how you do your trek since you really appreciate every second of the experience.

The colours in these photos are amazing. The greens are so vivid and your orange shirts really look striking. I kept scrolling up to have another look!

ikaw lang romeo eh!! sige next time ha.

rochkirstin...mountaineers continue to amaze me. either I get really hungry when trekking or the food they cook is delicious

hahaha Janine. well the falls was tall. that's why it's called extreme hehehe that adrenaline rush feeling.

thank you Rebecca. just used Samsung digicam dv800. I need to get a water resistant camera.

I try to enjoy every single step of hardship hahaha but it is all worth it. just like with your running sir Franc

Isang beses pa laang ako nakakapunta sa Sagada. Mukang magandang gawin iyan pag bumalik ako.

hahaha I like wearing striking colors when I am out in the wild...in case anything happens to me I would be seen right away. also i get the attention also on photos hahaha

I never get tired of Sagada. gora...bàlik ka na.

Awesome! I want to go to sagada dati pa! Wala lang time! Sad

Whoa! That's one hell of a trek. I want to experience that. Thanks for sharing! Will do it when I have the chance to visit Sagada. O, and Kudos to the guide, that was a tough and buwis buhay! :)) Gab - www.taragumala.blogspot.com

You've made me miss Sagada more & they really have terrific guides, super bait at totally resourceful.

welllll...not all guides but most of them are nice

you should Gab. thanks for dropping by.

Wow! Love love love the photos! I didn't know Sagada has falls too apart from the mountain trekking activities. The photos were breath-taking too :D

Very nice place. Looks like you really enjoyed this trip.

Scary and challenging, something that I would find myself doing 15 years ago. ^_^

Oh I've been meaning to go to Sagada for the longest time. Looking at the photos on this post makes me want to go there now! Hahaha!

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