Pefianco family climbs Mt. Udok
Holidays for the Pefiancos usually mean packing up the diving gear and heading for any one of our favorite dive resorts in Anilao, Batangas. This year I thought we would do something different. I was in Baler, Aurora Province and looking at the peak of Mt. Udok which is at 770 masl (meters above sea level). I was told that the view from the peak is truly spectacular. You can see the bay and the town of Baler from up there. Definitely, something I shouldn’t miss.
Just the week before I was amazed how Paul and his group of experienced mountaineers climbed Mt. Udok and were back within a day. I thought, “I could never do that!”
As if he was reading my mind, Arce suddenly asked, “Ma’am, when are you and the kids climbing Mt. Udok?” “Are you crazy? Maybe we can do a leisurely walk up the trail from Ermita Hill, but I don’t think we can handle a real mountain,” I answered.
My only earlier experience with traversing a mountainside was in Brunei. Well, that was really a tourist walk but seemed to be the experience most akin to the trail at Ermita Hill.
But Arce was persistent. “Ma’am, you and the kids can do this, I promise. I’ll get all the equipment and guides organized and we’ll be up and back in a day.” When I told my husband Raffy about this, he just laughed. He had climbed the Nebelhorn in Germany and Galdhøpiggen in Norway when he was thirty-five years younger and fifty kilos lighter. “No way,” said my supportive husband. Anyway, he was scheduled to deliver a series of management seminars in Dammam, Saudi Arabia for ISCOSA (a Siemens Company) during the days I was planning to go. Therefore, the kids would go with me – whether they like it or not. What Mama says, wins!
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