Mt. Danglay has been a dream climb of mine as far as I could remember. She sits right across the Cantabato Bay which divides the islands of Leyte and Samar. For the most part, she’s hard to miss. Sometime 2015, I finally had the pleasure of finally climbing her. I hope this itinerary list and added information would help locals and visitors alike.
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A couple of months back I was lucky enough to get an invite to the opening of the first Deuter concept store in Cebu City. A concept store opening is already exciting news but for those already brand aware of Deuter, this was something special and more.
Getting A Deuter
I first learned about Deuter when I was starting out on outdoor activities and was about to take on my first major climb. I needed a backpack then and after heavy thought, got myself a Deuter.
Largely unknown to the mountaineering community in the country, Mount Danglay is a reverberating call to summit for mountaineers and hikers within the nearby localities of Tacloban and Basey, Samar. She is a sight to behold; filling a panoramic frame of a busy city port in stark contrast to the still waters of Cancabato Bay which divides the provinces of Leyte and Samar, the multitude of sea birds over outrigger canoes, and the vibrant municipality of Basey right across.
Being born and raised in Tacloban, my fascination with climbing her is grounded on reason more personal than the common one. This time, it is a gesture of respect for a mountain evident in the lives of anyone coming from Tacloban. A mountain I could have called home had I started early in this pursuit of mountains.
This is part 2 of 2 of our Mt. APO expedition climb log. Read part 1 here, Climbing Mt APO, Our Turn
Morning at the Summit
Morning wasn’t any better and waking up to the cold weather seemed as if time had stood still to when we first arrived. Absent was the soothing warmth of morning; instead the earth was damp, the air cold and misty with a drizzle to complement a morning we would all rather sleep to. I thought about holding off the descent but reconsidered since our guides knew better.
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Last week I visited Tacloban to help out with the communal garden project of Bayanihan Tayo and to celebrate the birthday of my mother without any idea that it has been a 100 days since the typhoon.
And while the city has been cleaned up to some extent, everything else has been slowly picking up withstanding the politicking and more of it.
Typhoon Yolanda Update
You cannot help but notice that everything revolves around the aftermath of the typhoon. It has consumed every aspect of the every residents life. From the debate on when the relief goods are to stop, where to get money for todays expenses, the inescapable reality of the long lines just to buy medicine, the distinct absence of air-conditioning, that the word supermarket does not apply in Tacloban, as do the word Mall, getting home before night falls and dealing with the unforgiving mosquitoes at night.
Life is still hard.