Some members of Team Nature decided to join Habagat’s Choose Your Wild’s Osmeña Peak to Kawasan Traverse last February 11-12, 2017. It was actually my first time joining a huge group of mountaineers. For the past mountaineering I have joined, the group of people would just be around 10 the max and most are my friends already. Not this one though, I only knew 2 and was able to befriend the friends of my friend who came along with us in the event. There were almost 40 people who joined the event including the Habagat guys and the guides.
How to get there?
The group met up at the Caltex Gas station in Carbon Market. We rode a minibus going directly to the Mantalungon market. The fare is included on the registration fee (see below). Travel time was about 3-4 hours.
This has been my 3rd climb to Opeak but this is my first time traversing to Kawasan Falls in Badian. What I did observe during the event is that you can see different types of mountaineers. There’s the experienced, the first timers, the prepared, light packers, heavy packers, and more!
Compared to the previous mountains I climbed, the trail from Opeak to Kawasan is mostly flat. There were only about 2 or 3 ascends, which isn’t as hard as Babag in Guadalupe. Mostly are downhill, especially if you are approaching Kawasan Falls.
We have completed the traverse for about 5-6 hrs, which has lots of stopovers by the way. The group has been divided into 3,hence the long stopovers (one which took more than 30 minutes and it’s not even lunch time yet). A group can complete it for just about 3 hours if there are minimal stopovers.
850 pesos – registration fee, roundtrip fare (non-aircon bus), jersey, ID (food and other personal expenses not included)