Mount Pinatubo revisited on Earth Day 2006

Mt. Pinatubo Crater

Mt. Pinatubo scenic crater

It was at least 4 years ago when I last visited Mt. Pinatubo. We had an outreach held at an Aeta Village in Tarukan, on the way to Pinatubo and the next day we headed for the crater. From the said village it was a grueling 6 hours trek towards the crater. This was like my 3rd climb at the time when I started on the outdoors and it was a real test of endurance on my part. With your feet constantly sinking in the sand, passing by numerous rivers and the scorching heat constantly at your back, this wasn’t a walk in the park. But reaching the crater was truly an amazing reward.

Fast forward to present, after seeing those amazing photos of Mt. Pinatubo from co-bloggers Oggie and Daniel, I was surprised on how the mountain has changed. I knew I had to go back there and see it for myself. Fortunately a friend of mine was organizing an “Earth Day” daytrip at the area and I asked if I can get a spot. I did get a spot alright and was asked to be the trail lead last minute.

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