On an ordinary mountain, you would call the return trip from the summit a descent, which means to go down. But in Mt. Sicapoo, the so-called "descent" actually entails ascending two mountains in succession, before going down, and going up again, and finally, finally, at the final stretch, the term 'descent' would be true to its meaning. To put things in perspective, Timarid, the first mountain, is climbed with an altitude gain of almost 500 meters - which makes that portion of the climb tougher than your average dayhike.
From the Plateau, we reached the jumpoff in less than 30 minutes; by 1530H we were already fixing our things by the river, and before 1600H we were on the way back to Laoag, and then to Paoay, where Aggie Pinzon, our very kind host in Ilocos Norte, has a "Ilokano dinner" prepared for us. I must add that the the One Degree guys - i.e. Louie - even joined the driver in fetching us from the jumpoff, and the Iron Lady and I are very grateful for such an accommodating group. I was not feeling well before we started the climb (an upset stomach, perhaps) but I felt great as our jeep raced towards Laoag. Having climbed Sicapoo, Ilocos will never be the same.