Legend told us that the name of Mt. Ugo came from the term “pUGOt” meaning to cut off the head. They say that is the local’s warning to all trespassers who violate the serenity of the mountain. Believe it or not, it is a proper name for a mystic mountain which holds a lot of beauty and magic.
Our merry little band of mountian bikers had been fantasizing about riding Mt. Ugo due to its lush nature and ridable trails. Many have ridden the trails, but we do not know if they traversed the mountain.
Our plan: take off from Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya reach the summit and go down to Itogon, Benguet.
Instead of the usual words, I shall try to tell the story with pictures. This is our Mt. Ugo Experience
We left Manila Sept 2, Friday around 12 midnight. We rode Ohmar’s Defender of the Universe and JM’s Montero going to Baguio.
We arrived at Ian’s house in Baguio and boarded our jeep going to Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.
After we loaded our jeep, we had a quick breakfast in Baguio City and we were off to Kayapa. It was a nice cold Saturday morning in Baguio.
stop over: Ambuklao dam!
Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
preparing for the ride out
We said a little prayer before we rode. This is a sign board in Kayapa.
view from Kayapa
Nice weather when we started our journey. Overcast.
mountain biking at its finest
We stopped from time to time to enjoy the breath taking view.
As the trail progressed, the challenges became harder.
If we were tired, we rested. Waiting sheds are fun.
“challenges are made to be conquered”
hike your bike. it is not degrading. it’s just nature telling you that you are human.
limatik is bloody hell. gotta wear protection.
“the sweet ain’t as sweet if you haven’t tasted the bitter.”
We were suppose to camp out near the summit but we decided to spend the night in Domolpos elementary school. It was a good decision and the school staff were very nice to us.
view from the school library
Thankful to the hospitable school teachers who live in the school; they let us spend the night in the school library. At least we were dry and comfortable during our first night.
Everybody was excited for the ride the next day. We packed and got our stuff ready for the climb up the summit and down mountain after.
Domolpos Health Center
that is where we spent the night.
We started the day with the clouds hanging low. Everybody was excited to reach the summit and go down-mountain.
smiling mountain kids
Our trailmaster and guide, Ohmar Picache posing in front of their traditional house.
mountain view for the whole morning of our second day
ascending to the peak was a challenge for all of us because we had to push/carry/drag our bikes.
odd trees and weird nature formations were treats for our tired bodies
I even found a Smurf village.
shout out to team Spyder and Columbia Sports wear. Gracias!
the MTB legend Jonathan posing for the camera
Push it. push it real good.
“are we there yet?”
how long, how far from the peak??
one of the more scenic spots on our way to the peak. We had a recess and photo op here.
Intense Uzzi of Ginox
We rested on areas where the view was absolutely stunning.
this ain’t downhill- this is down mountain
we saw our neighbors trekking from the peak.
there were moments when you had realizations while having a hard time conquering Ugo. Maybe it was the higher being whispering a message.
pictures of Ugo:
stuff we always look at when we are stoked to ride the mountain
after hours of climbing, we arrived at the peak of Mt. Ugo around 1:37pm
nothing to see here… all clouds, no view at all.
this bike brought me to my trips and adventures
whatelse can you do? drink coffee!
photograph before we descend.
clouds clouds clouds
view from the top
words cannot describe the descent from the summit
senses overload for the ride was euphoric yet you want to stop and take photos of the backdrop
You have to be brave enough and you have to be determined enough to conquer Ugo
the magic of Ugo has a certain sparkle which can be very dangerous and it leaves you puzzled.
some unfortunate events happened to our group in Ugo, which I left in the mountain. only good vibes will be remembered.
ride hard, choose your line well
“tabi po tabi po”
rest if you are tired. ride if you are ready.
follow the trail
only God can make a tree.
just follow the trail.
our helpful guides
Sitio Lusod scenery
locals are always hospitable when they see sincerity in your eyes. always be true, and they will be too.
our local guides.
when going downmountain, you have to rest. it is not a race, you have to enjoy it.
DH Mike ripping it
mountain goats represent
thank you to Gatorade Fierce for keeping us hydrated!
Itogon barangay hall
going back to Baguio
thank you, Mt Ugo for an experience of a lifetime. I conquered and I will never be the same.
I would like to thank my ride mates for all the fun, laughter and stories. Gracias for the shared pictures. Shout out to Spyder, Columbia Sports wear, Gatorade, Glorious Ride bike shop, N00b gamer, family and friends who supported me in this crazy endeavor. I would also like to thank God.