Barely calling ourselves as mountaineers with our few years of hiking experience, we ever dreamt of leveling up. What happens next was really an epic – somewhat a failure for not reaching Mt. Talinis’ summit but an overall success for our safe descent. Admitted to having not properly prepared for the climb, this serves as the first major hike for most of us. Lucky enough we have entrusted our safety and security from our seasoned guides.
From planning to preparation to the event schedule; there are a lot of lapses and misadventures. Yes, we brave ourselves trying to test our adrenaline in this extreme adventure. We should have had never underestimated the mountain, as it should be and as has been warned, even the minor ones. Expectations versus reality collided indeed. The most awaited feat came and the whole team, split in two, went off to face the unexpected ordeal.
You could just imagine how we were able to conquer our misfortunes even from the jump-off near Casaroro Falls. The traverse we opted to follow was actually the reverse of the usual Bediao-Apolong-Casaroro Falls route. For me, this seems to be a Calvary as I will always prefer downhill than uphill. Facing the signage of our entry point, I already did an assessment of the fate of ahead of us. It’s far from our usual hiking routes where we pass through residential areas from jump-off.
We were greeted by an approximately 60-degree angle of trail indicating an unending ascent towards a 90-degree angle. An hour passed and we can literally feel exhaustion. Can we still bear the trek for about 7 more hours to reach the camp site? Doubting whether to continue or back off, yet determined to take the challenge.
Sweat and rain water had their fair share of getting us all wet and motivated to go through despite and in spite of the circumstances. We had our lunch along the trail towards the guard house where we joined the first batch. We had a short visit to the twin falls, had some photo-ops before heading to Nailig Lake passing by the sulfur deposit spot.
Nightfall started to succumb the mountain and we’re still trekking en route to the camp site. Everyone felt the pain of no trace combined with tiredness and hunger. Our pace seems double or even triple the one we had in our first hours of hike. It was already past 6 p.m. when we finally find ourselves at Nailig Lake for a night stay. All wet and exhausted, some pitch the tents while the others started to cook dinner.
Thank God everyone made it through here though some came a bit later. We only spent few hours of socials as temperature seems to keep us inside our tents and retire to bed.
With so much food to prepare for breakfast and lunch, we failed to summit due to time constraint. We continued our walk to reach Lake Yagumyum in no time. Just wanted this provocative adventure to end, we had our lunch and hurried down to our exit point at Barangay Bediao, Dauin.
If given a chance to climb Mt. Talinis second, third or more time, I would still do it again without a second thought. Partly because of its summit, I will still give it another try to embrace nature and overcome its sweet revenge.
TALINIS (APOLONG- Bediao TRAVERSE)
Dauin and Valencia City, Negros Oriental
Entry point: Brgy. Apolong, Valencia
Exit point: Brgy. Bediao, Dauin
LLA: 1903 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days / 10-11 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 2-4
Features: Lakes, waterfalls, mossy forest
Day 0 –
0400 ETD Cebu – Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu
0800 ETA Liloan Port
0900 ETD Liloan Port-Sibulan, Dumaguete
Day 1 –
1000 From Dumaguete, hop a Jeep to Apolong Jumpoff
1100 ETA Apolong (prepare for trek)
1300 ETA GUARD HOUSE
1400 Twinfalls and Sulfur
1830 ETA Lake Nailig; set up camp
Day 2 –
0500 Wakeup call
0900 Start descent
1200 ETA Lake Yagumyum
1500 ETA Bediao Descent
1800 Back in Dumaguete
Dinner: (Day 1)
Breakfast: (Day 2)
Okra w/ tuna
4 kls. pork for adobo 1000
Dried fish c/o Poloi 50
5 packs Noodles 30
1 doz. egg 96
4 cans corned beef 100
5 cans tuna 100
4 cans beef loaf 100
Guiding Fee 1400
Estimated Budget (food and guide fee) 192.93/pax
Breakdown of the fare:
Cebu to Liloan Port by bus P200
Liloan Port to Sibulan by ferry boat P63
Sibulan to Dumaguete by jeep P12
Dumaguete to Valencia by jeep P12
Valencia to Jumpoff by habal2x P50/head
Then traverse from Jumpoff to Dauin by habal2x P150/head
Dauin back to Dumaguete by jeep P20
Dumaguete to Cebu by boat P300+
Total Estimated Budget: 999.93
Things to Bring:
Water (at least 5 ltrs each)
2 cups of rice each
• have enough rest before the event
• exercise days before
• keep safe
• keep the LNT principles
Watch video at: A Weekend Spent at Mt. Talinis
Some Photos Credited to: team members