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The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking & Rock Hopping, What to Expect & Trip Advice

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This is in continuation of my post, Rock Hopping & Climbing, Trekking the River of Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – and being Rescued
See also: 10 Negros Oriental Trip Advice & My Experience

Tips to have optimal Rock-hopping experience:
  • Do cardio and strength training everyday for a week before the trek to avoid sudden muscle strain and fatigue.
  • Wear light, flexible clothes (swimming/sports attire).
  • Hop on bare feet.
  • Initially wear slippers but then put it on like sleeves on your elbows when you hop on rocks.
  • Don't bring anything as much as possible but your clothed self (so you won't have your hands full).
  • Remember to keep your hands free so you may assist yourself in hopping, especially during slight mishaps.
  • Start early. That would be around 7am.
  • If you want to capture pictures, use GoPro (in waterproof case) that you can attach on your head with a head gear.
  • Don't fall.
  • If there's a challenging part and you don't think you can do it, then don't. Choose an easier route.
  • See clearly if the rock you're about to hop on is the slippery type.
  • Judge your next rock whether it's wobbly or not.
  • See where you put your hands.
  • Don't get so jumpy if you've touched something weird (unless it's a snake). I landed my hand on a crab, let go on shock, fell and rubbed my shoulder on a rock.
If you're an expert rock-hopper, you'll finish the trail in no more than 1.5 hours. The whole experience will be done in 3 hours (including going back). Of course, you didn't travel to the hill part of Valencia without your things. If you have a peace of mind, you can drop your things somewhere safe before trekking on the river.

Because we're slow, not only did we not finish the trail, we got stuck somewhere in the river at 6pm. Let's say that we started at 1pm, we trekked about 5 hours before giving up since we don't have a single flashlight. *o* And that's only on the way up.

If you're aware that you're all slow-goers, i.e. cannot really hop rocks, and you started late and therefore, would not finish the trail in 1 day but would love to finish the trail:
  • Expect to stay overnight.
  • Bring a head-worn flashlight (it's best to use a miner's head gear).
  • Each person should bring a 1-liter filled water bottle.
  • Bring a packed meal. If only MREs (Military Meal-Ready-to-Eat) are available in the Philippines, then food won't be a problem.
  • If you're the type who'd survive on snack bars alone, then bring snack bars instead of a packed meal.
  • Bring change of clothes.
  • Use a waterproof bag.
I'm assuming everything above if you head straight to the river behind The Forest Camp's territory. But if you went through The Forest Camp, paid for the entrance fee, then:
  • Register yourselves in a booth somewhere.
  • Ask for a radio.
  • Borrow a head-worn flashlight. I'm not sure if you have to pay for additional items, we skipped on everything that's why we were rescued.

Trekking the River, What to Expect:

Time start: 00:00 (hours:minutes)

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Looks so harmless at first

Time: 00:19

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Orange dot across the river

Time: 00:28

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping

Time: 00:50

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Don't underestimate the size of these rocks

Time: 00:51

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Look at us for scale

Time: 01:02

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping

Time: 01:03

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
It's clear the river is on a ravine

Time: 01:09 (Looking behind)

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
The Forest Camp admin does take care of the river, see how they arrange the rocks

Time: 01:09 (Ahead)

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping

Time: 01:21

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Me atop a red rock

Time: 01:22

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Then everybody else arrived

Time: 01:23

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
The rocks look small but see tall friend on the upper left corner
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Friend chose to sit on the rock to the right of "my" red rock
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Striking for a pose on "her" rock

Time: 01:56

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
Arriving at the first Falls, see me on the left for scale

Time: 02:03

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
View from above the Falls
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
That's supposed to be Falls

Time: 02:05

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping

Time: 02:08

The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
These bunch of rocks...
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
...are so big, I really look small on the right
The Forest Camp, Valencia, Negros Oriental – River Trekking, Rock Hopping
See me on the left part of the photo

We have not documented the last 3 hours of our trek except that our tall friend was able to capture this photo (about an hour before we stopped):

The Forest Camp Nature Trek Rock Climbing

I hope this will help future adventurers of The Forest Camp river trekkers. Have a safe trip.

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