I have experienced rappelling before but that was when I was in college, about twenty years ago. And there I was, excited at my second try atop the flow portion of Nalalata Falls. I was third in line and when the second person was called, my heart was already beating.
You can make! Jojo Villareal of Kaddlagan Tours, our rappel provider called out, trying to convince me that it’s not really that dangerous, or difficult. For one who has slight acrophobia, I was torn between heading down or calling it off. I was already in full gear. I was already roped and safety harness already strapped. It was just one more step, the act of loosening my grip and heading down that was sorely being awaited.
i tried but fear gripped me. At one point, I wanted to give up but they cajoled. With a little bit of persuasion, I relented. I loosened my grip. I put one foot behind me. with my barefeet, I felt the roughness of the stone as water flowed through it. I again loosened my grip, moving my hand a little farther down the rope, my other foot, a little lower than before. And I slowly slid down.
Everything just flowed from there but I didn’t mind what my companions were shouting at me, persuading perhaps? Cheering? Until in a few minutes, I was down there. Relieved. But at the same time, fulfilled. I made it. I rappelled down. It was an achievement. I was thankful. While I had trepidations, my companions, other bloggers really enjoyed it with Chino doing some acrobatics.
Nalalata Falls in Bula, Camarines Sur is one of those waterfalls that is not so high, just an hour from Naga City. The hike is quite easy with a steady but slow descent. And once you get there? Wow! There are basins within the rocks where the water flows and one can just cool off, like what I did while waiting for my companions to finish.
Thanx to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Naga City for making this possible. Check http://nagax.com/ for tours and packages. Also check Kaddlagan out for the waterfall rappelling and other adventure activities.
Bula, Camarines Sur