A mountain is just too irresistible... it's like an addictive drug I cannot live without. Both my mind and heart, even my body and soul, tells me to hike up a mountain the soonest possible. So when I learned that some hiking buddies will dayhike Tarak Ridge, I simply joined the fun.
Saturday Dayhike - July 7, 2012
Last Saturday I hiked again the west face of Mariveles Range (my third time actually... hindi kasi nakakasawa ang Tarak Ridge.. ang ganda lang) and just like my previous dayhikes, we were so blessed with a good weather.
|here's our group photo at the ridge|
Photo from sir Rey of saktongtrip.com
On my 3rd Tarak Ridge Dayhike:
• We completed the whole dayhike in more or less 13 hours: 6 hours ascent, 3 hours at the ridge, and 4 hours descent.
• I noticed more fallen trees obstruct the trail starting from Nanay Kurding's place.
• There are streams of water along the trail going to Papaya River (which I did not encounter on my 1st and 2nd dayhikes)
• Papaya River was at its best, it's fit for swimming - chest-deep at the lower part of the river
• I still don't know why Papaya River is called "Papaya River"... there's no papaya plant at the vicinity nor the water tastes like a papaya :)
• We did not reach any of the peaks: Tarak Peak and El Saco Peak, because it is much more fun to sleep at the ridge.
• We failed to catch the last trip of Mariveles to Manila (last trip is at 7PM), so we took a short trip to Balanga City to catch the last trip back to Manila, but then again, we failed to catch that trip (last trip to Manila from Balanga is at 9PM). So we waited at Balanga City terminal until 1AM to catch the first bus trip to Manila.
• I haven't tried camping at this mountain yet, or do a traverse to other side of Mariveles mountain. Hopefully I'll accomplish both on my 4th hike on this mountain.
• I would like to congratulate my friends, Byron of peculiarhours.com and Andrew of trippingsbydrew.com for completing their first major climb. I would also like to thank Karina and friends for organizing this climb.
For a more detailed post, check out my first article on Tarak Ridge Dayhike, itinerary and budget on a separate post here.