Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mt. Malipunyo | Malarayat Mountain Range Traverse Day Hike

Malipunyo Peak of Malarayat Mountain Range is now Batang Lakwatsero's 21st mountain. We successfully reached it last Sunday when we traversed the long Malarayat Mountain Range which took us 11 hours, starting from Manabu up to Malipunyo Peak.

Although our original plan of summitting its three prominent peaks (Manabu, Malipunyo and Susong Dalaga) was a failure (dalawa lang naakyat namin, Manabu and Malipunyo peaks, kinulang na kasi sa oras para sa Susuong Dalaga peak), there was no "panghihinayang" feeling after the hike. What else could I ask for, we were so blessed with an unexpected great weather, a cool guide and an awesome climb group.

I thank my friend Jay for organizing this fun Malarayat Traverse (Manabu-Malipunyo) day hike and all the 12 mountain-loving individuals who joined the event, it was really a fun and memorable hike.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dream Climb | One Step Forward

I am 20 going on 21 in four months or so, and I am extremely excited. (countdown now active in my site, look at my sidebar)

While other males choose to celebrate their 21st by staging a grand party with their relatives and friends, I have a bigger, more extreme plan for mine. I choose to celebrate my 21 years of happy existence up on the roof of the Philippine Archipelago, I choose to climb Mt. Apo. Actually it’s a Talomo-Apo megatraverse plus a Dulang-Dulang-Kitanglad traverse, a weeklong celebration on the famed Mindanao 1-2-3. It is my biggest dream climb and I want to fulfill it the soonest.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Viaje Ifugao | Bikes, Games and Houses

in 3... 2... 1.. the wheels were rolling on the street.

Everyone was cheering as the wooden bikes, ridden by Ifugaos in traditional clothes, hit the street. It was a race, like a scene from a race movie. Nakakatuwa lang pagmasdan ang kagalakan sa mukha ng mga spectators, woohoo

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Climb Itinerary | Mt. Manalmon with Bayukbuk Cave

Our Climb

Date: February 12, 2012
Mountain: Mt. Manalmon
Jump off: Sitio Madlum, San Miguel, Bulacan
Difficulty: 2/9 Minor Climb, 160+ MASL
Climb: Dayhike
Budget: P600

Mt. Gola seen from the Summit of Mt. Manalmon


"A wise mountaineer knows when he needs to stop"
Aborting a climb is probably the decision that a mountaineer would never wish to call. It usually comes as the last resort if and only if unexpected circumstances such as bad weather, local trouble, logistics problems, health issues, or the worst, "naligaw lang sa trail" were encountered. Although it really hurts so bad, calling for it can sometimes be the wisest decision.

So far, I have two aborted climbs. First on Mt. Talamitam and the second was on Mt. Tapulao.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kabundukan Update: So Far So Good

It has been 8 months already from the time I started venturing this thrilling activity called mountaineering. And on that short span of time, I learned and experienced aplenty (it is probably safe to say that I'm not anymore the newbie that I used to be). I still believe though that there's more to know and discover in this fun filled sports.

Anyways, dahil nga I fell in love with hiking so much (or should I say I'm addicted to it na), my status now: 20 mountains, 26 climbs.


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