With the number of crazy things I do during my travels, it’s inevitable that accidents happen. During our Sagada trip, I slipped and hit my head on a rock in Bomod-ok Falls.
Bomod-ok Falls aka the Big Falls
Sagada, Mountain Province
March 5, 2011
Photo by Doi
It was an hour’s worth of hiking along the rice paddies but it wasn’t that hard as we were trekking down a mountain. The weather was also cold which helped in keeping us from sweating. When I saw the waterfalls, I was happy that we finally reached our destination.
beautiful Bomod-ok Falls in Sagada, Mountain Province
We stopped in order to take some photos and rest when we saw a few kids climbing and jumping from the rocks nearby. I couldn’t help myself from wanting to jump as well. Blame it on my adventurous nature, I’ve already jumped a couple of platforms and cliffs in my travels so why not give this one a try? So I started to climb and followed their footsteps.
Climbing those rocks was harder than it looked; way harder than I imagined. Andrew, our guide, told me to remove my slippers to get a better grip at those boulders with parts covered in bushes and algae. It was slippery which made the situation more dangerous than the stunt.
I froze and held on to a couple of vines just to keep myself steady while sprawling face forward on the pavement. I even had a quick flashback of a wall-climbing activity inside a gym that I wasn’t able to accomplish as my muscles became sore. That thought already made me panicky.
kid, running despite the slippery surface
Funny that a kid climbed after me which was so easy for him to do while I was stuck holding on to whatever I could. The plants I grabbed onto were so thin that an immediate pull would snap them off and cut me loose; leave me falling backwards and turn the whole experience sour for my companions.
Assuming that I were to slip, I thought of rushing to a flatter area so I could plant my feet firmly into safety. Unfortunately, my assumption was brought to life and my impulsive decision was proven to be unwise – I slipped and hit my head in the process.
I heard a cry from some of the onlookers who were concerned if I was alright. But I was too pumped up to notice and stop in pain. I proceeded to my purpose which was to jump from the 5-degree pool and disregarded the misfortune.
Here’s a video taken by my friend, Doi, of which I’m thankful enough to have a reminder of how foolish I can be.
Skip the player to 00:24 to see the slip
I jumped and tried to feel the water’s temperature. However, the coldness didn’t pierce my skin and I blamed the adrenaline I felt from the accident.
I swam to where my companions were and enjoyed the remaining time we had left. It was already lunch and we prepared sandwiches on hand; our juice was ready to be taken from the water which served as our natural cooler.
enjoying the water
Truly, the climb was more difficult than the jump and that surely was a close call. I cut my feet in the process and I wasn’t able to run for a few days.
This blog post is not meant to discourage anybody from going to the falls as the place itself is already marvelous sight to behold.
This is a reminder that one needs to be mindful of one’s actions. Repeat a thousand times, Ed.
I don’t recommend people to be as careless as I am. Situations can get unsightly when things don’t go according to plan. I’m just glad that it wasn’t as worse as I expected. Experience paradise and be like Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘The Beach’ by jumping off a waterfalls in Sagada! The trek will be worth it! Just be careful!
Check out my other blog articles about my Sagada adventure trip here:
- Sagada Trip and The Movies
- Sagada Trip: Side Trip to Banaue NO Rice Terraces
- Sagada Trip: Crazy Toploading from Banaue to Bontoc
- Sagada Trip: Never Too Old for a Cave Connection Adventure
- Sagada Trip: Kiltepan Peak Sunrise
- Sagada Trip: Trekking Aguid Rice Terraces
- Sagada Trip: Slipped and Hit My Head on a Rock in Bomod-ok Falls
- Sagada Trip: Weekend Saturday Market