Our day started at 4 AM at Bataan Transit Bus Terminal at D. Jose in Manila. I was again with the Tramping Philippines team and our destination this time, Mt. Natib in Orani, Bataan. The trip took about 2 and a half hours from Manila all the way to Brgy. Tala Junction in Orani (nakalimutan ko na kung magkano yung tiket sa bus). Then from the junction, we again traveled by tricycle (P50/head) to the jump-off at Brgy. Tala.
The trike brought our group to a military headquarters at Brgy. Tala. There, we were welcomed by military men. At first they were hesitant if they'll allow us to proceed because according to them, the previous group that hiked Mt. Natib (tinutukoy nila yung mga nag Freedom Climb daw last Jun 12, 2012) left an enormous amount of garbage at the campsite. Naturally, they got irritated by this irresponsible act, thus, closing the mountain permanently crossed their mind. They're going to implement it soon, but at the moment, they're still allowing hikers in the mountain for as long as they were no more than 10. Buti na lang seven lang kami, kaya pinayagan parin kami mag-hike. At 07:30 am, we started the trek.
|at the trail head|
|quite an easy start, petiks ang simula|
|View along the trail, Mt. Arayat at the horizon.|
|clouded peak of Mt. Natib, paminsan-minsan nawawala naman yung clouds kaya talgang umasa kami na baka mawala din yung clouds pagdating namin sa summit.|
|"the Water Source House"|
|grassland before the campsite|
|the early part of the ascent was quite a dense forest.|
|then on the latter part, the trail becomes rocky akin to Mt. Makiling's haring bato trail. There were roped segments as well.|
|surrounded by clouds at the trail|
|my old friend|
|summit at last|
|but there's no clearing|
We had our lunch at the "watersource house", buti na lang masarap yung ulam namin na siomai, somehow napawi yung disappointment ko. And by 04:00 PM, we're back at Brgy. Tala.
26th mountain, done
Successfully reached the summit but still needs a revenge climb, I want that summit view!