4th Training Climb (River Trek)
Water world as we call it, the river system of Mt. Romelo is the perfect getaway for any outdoors men and adventure enthusiasts who would like to escape the heat of summer and challenge his/her capabilities of survival in the monsoon seasons. It is a quite a rough trail trekking upstream this river going up to the main falls, the Buruwisan falls.
|The Great Valley. Mountaineer's stop-over.|
As everyone knows, Mt. Romelo has 7 marvelous water falls which is fairly accessible by anyone via the traditional trail, namely the Lanzones falls, Buruwisan falls, Batya-batya, Old Buruwisan falls, Sampalok, Twin-falls and Sapang Labo falls.
RTU Mountaineers has been conducting its training climb for river trekking here every year and has guiding numerous successful climbs in the area.
From the Great Valley where mountaineers stop-over to shower after the trek, the first marker of the river trek is the "Grotto" which is one and a half hour away from the Great Valley, the trek from the valley is quite easy yet be wary for in summer season the current of the river tends to be so timid that green algae grows on the rocks which make it so slippery.
|Green Valley 1|
From the Grotto you'll be arriving at what we call "Green Valley 1" which is just 30mins. away and fairly easy to manoeuvre if you have the skills of swimming. This is where the fun starts, doing some river crossing techniques learned from BMC making a raft out of your packs, "Boat-Bag" as we call it. This is to go towards this obstacle which is estimated to be 6 feet deep or more.
Start of Green Valley 2
End part of Green Valley 2
After the easy part, the next is the Green Valley 2 which is just 20-30mins. away from Green Valley 1. This gulch is about 30-40 meters from end to end and 10 feet deep roughly. This obstacle will surely take away your energy in securing your packs fighting the strong current of the mini falls to cross over a 6 foot falls.
Emergency Campsite in front of this is the abandoned tent of local people who makes charcoals.
|River gulch after the steep descent from the diverting off the Butas na Bato|
Magnificent rock formations of White Walls.
After this descent you will see the magnificent "White walls" which is a sedimentary rock formations about 50-60 meters tall.
Then you'll come across several mini pools which one of it has a distinguishable heart shape. We call it the "Heart shape bath tub". after this just 20 mins away from the Heart shaped bath tub is the Old Buruwisan. But before the Old buruwisan is the ascend going to the camp site and the famous buruwisan falls.
Be careful for some logs that are being carried downstream by the water because of the locals who cuts and make it into charcoals.