On Monday morning, boys and I woke up at 5:15AM to book a tour guide to Taraw Cliff. We had to wait a bit, but we finally started our journey around 7:30AM. During the first 5-seconds of our hike, I was already thinking, “This is definitely not what I was expecting.” I read reviews about the hike being difficult, but I way underestimated the strenuousness of this trek! Strenuous is the one word I would use to describe this hike, but definitely, definitely worth it as well.
The hike up to Taraw Cliff was about an hour long. The entire trek is rock climbing through the mountain. What was a bit scary at first was that the rocks were almost all sharp and jagged, which made it easier to grip, but was something you definitely wanted to avoid falling on. Lucky for us, our guide was great at explaining how to get through the rocks safely and efficiently. He let me take breaks whenever I needed it, and checked up on us frequently to make sure we were okay.
One-hour later, we finally made it to the top of the mountain. The view was breathtaking. In one glance, we could see the island that has been home to us for the past five days in full. To the left was the mountainside, the middle was vast oceans and more islands, and to the right was more lush mountainside. It made everything feel so small and attainable for just those moments.
Going down the mountain was more difficult for me and the boys than going up. A lot of balance was required. Unlike our super professional tour guide who was able to swift through it, I found it safest for me to walk through like a monkey the entire way back. I felt a lot safer knowing my butt and face was closer to the ground. We finally made it to the end, and I couldn’t have been more relieved that we all made it back in one piece!
My tips on prepping for Taraw Cliff:
Practice climbing at your local rock climbing gym. A few weeks ago, Josh took me rock climbing for the first time. It helped immensely during my hike, because I was used to using my leg strength and a little bit of arm strength as I was climbing the rocks. I highly recommend dabbling in some rock climbing at your local rock climbing gym if you plan on tackling Taraw Cliff.
Bring lots of water. It seems like a no-brainer, but the boys and I failed to do this. By the time we got half way, we were already parched because almost all of our water was gone. Hydrate!!
Wear shoes with good grip. The boys and I all wore our Chaco water shoes, and we’re all glad that we did. The grip made climbing so much easier. We saw people along the way wearing flip flops, and I don’t know how they managed to make it to the top, but I’m sure it wasn’t easy! Be safe and wear good shoes.
Be fearless. Trust me, you’ll be so proud of yourself by the end of this hike. Trust in yourself and your capabilities. Don’t look back, and keep moving forward!