If you don't know who Mariang Makiling is, check out my previous post regarding this mythical protector of Mt. Makiling: The Story of Mariang Makiling.
Oh yes, MakTrav finally. Thanks to Mami Ced (my adoptive mom in mountaineering) for inviting me in their MakTrav dayhike last March 3, 2012.
Batang Lakwatsero meets Pinoy Mountaineer
Call time was 04:30 am at Buendia-Taft. I never wanted to be late so I arrived 30 minutes earlier and waited inside 7-11 (as always). However, the silly me forgot to get any contact number from fellow mountaineers on this climb. I was afraid I won't be able to meet them so I just decided to head straight to the main assembly area at Sto. Tomas Market where others (including Mami Ced na tanging kakilala ko sa climbing group) were waiting.
When I stepped out of 7-11, I saw Sir Gideon Lasco of Pinoy Mountaineer who was also waiting for his climbing buddies. Of course, I was starstruck. He's one of the many online personalities that I look up to. I approached them and asked if it is ok to have a picture with him, and he said yes. (#fanboymode)
He asked me where I'll be climbing that day, I told him it's MakTrav. Then he said they'll be climbing Mt. Daguldol (kung makapal lang talaga mukha ko baka sumabit na lang ako sa kanila, hehe).
I quickly bid goodbye after the rare photo opportunity with him. (haha. nahiya ako bigla).
At around 4:20 am, I jumped into one of JAM Liner's Lipa-bound bus as it will pass by Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The fare was just P91.00, and the travel time was about an hour.
By 6:00 AM, I reached Sto. Tomas Market, other climbers were already there, some were still on their way to Sto. Tomas (buti na lang). Only at 06:30 that our group was finally complete. I would be doing my first MakTrav with 21 other mountaineers. yeehaa!
|the main drop-off point from Manila.|
|The jump-off point.|
|the wide open space in front of the Barangay Hall is an ideal place for doing this - warm-up exercises|
Mt. Makiling Traverse aka MakTrav (Sto. Tomas to UPLB)
Our trek commenced at 07:10 AM. We took the Palanggana Trail. We passed by the Kambingan (Goat Farm) as we walked for about 15 minutes along a wide dirt road. When we reached a steep side trail of the Palanggana, the trail masters decided to split the group into two (para mas mabilis, kasi nga madami kami, 22 lahat). The first half still took the main Palanggana Trail while the other half (including me) turned right to the steep side trail.
|Mt. Makiling viewed from the start of Sto. Tomas trail|
|the dirt road that led us to the Kambingan|
It was around 08:00 AM when we reached again the main Palanggana Trail which is now fenced with bamboo. There's a lesser chance that trekkers would get lost in this trail because the bamboo fence now blocks the side trails.
|the fenced Palanggana Trail|
|many of this signs are scattered around the Palanggana Trail|
By 9:00 AM, we reached the grassy area with scattered rocks (Palanggana Ridge?) where Maculot and Malipunyo are perfectly seen. We were blessed with good weather, thank goodness. We rested there while others were having a good photo opportunity.
|Mt. Maculot seen from the Palanggana Ridge|
|Malarayat Range also seen from the Palanggana Ridge|
|one of the rocks in the grassland. this spot offers a great viewing point for a number of Batangas towns and mountains.|
|dense forest of Melkas Ridge|
We were constantly checking ourselves from limatik infestation from the moment we met them at Melkas Ridge. Grabe lang, parang bawat yuko ko merong limatik sa paa ko. It's as if we're the invaders intruding their realm. We were being attacked by an army of limatik, haha. In fact, I removed a total of 28 limatiks from my body starting from Melkas ridge to the campsite. We reached Melkas campsite at 10:40 AM. After a few group shots, we proceeded right away to Haring Bato.
|limatik again, I was bitten by this one but it did not suck up anyblood from me. Alcohol spray does works|
|an old tree at the Melkas Campsite|
|the first roped segment of Haring Bato|
|Clear view from Peak 3: Batangas towns and Taal Lake|
|photo from sir Alvin. Lunching at Peak 3|
|Wild Boar Trail|
|mud slide here|
|Mossy Forest of the Wild Boar Trail|
|no one can get out of the Wild Boar Trail without getting his hands dirty|
|one of the three wooden crosses at Peak 2.|
|photo from sir Chester. Group photo at the summit (Peak 2)|
We started the descent towards UPLB at 02:30 PM. The trail was a lot easier compared to the ones we passed through from Sto. Tomas, though it was as muddy as the Wild Boar Trail. There were ropes and ladders at some part of this muddy trail. The trail became less muddy as we passed by Station 19.
|Mt. Kalisungan seen from the trail while we're descending|
|still a muddy trail|
The softdrinks wasn't enough, on the next store we treated ourselves with buko juice naman, your natural gatorade. Sarap talaga!
At this point, we had two options to reach the Station 1 (liguan): either we ride a habal-habal which costs P80 or trail run the more-or-less 3.5 kilometers trail from Station 9 to Station 1. I don't wanna spend so I chose the latter.
|fresh na freash na Buko Juice - P15.00|
|habal-habal waiting for customers - P80.00|
|Liguan Station :)|
To reward ourselves, we ended this dayhike with a dinner at Sulyaw Restaurant, located outside the UP Campus. What was special in this resto is that they have a P10 Unli Iced Tea, and the food prices are student friendly.
After the meal, we traveled back to Turbina then back to Manila.
|This was my FB status after our MakTrav Dayhike. |
Well, Robbie, eto na yung post ko :P
* I did not expect that I would be back to this mountain so soon. Just a week after this climb, I accompanied my blogger friends Dane and Agnes of Tramping Philippines and also Darwin of trackingtreasure.net for another MakTrav Dayhike as a training climb for our Mt. Ugo 2-days traverse.