Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mt. Makiling | Quick Traverse Day Hike

It's been four months since I last climbed Mt. Makiling and I truly miss its trails. That's why, when I heard that the mountain is now open again, and since all my scheduled hike for March 2 were postponed, I came to a decision that I'll do a quick Mt. Makiling Traverse dayhike.

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Saturday - March 2, 2013

Yes it was quick, just 4 hours from Sto. Tomas to Agila Base! Well, that's the good thing in solo hiking, you'll be able to maximize your speed.

When I alighted the bus in front of Sto. Tomas Market, I noticed that Mt. Makiling was clearly visible.
Time: 07:18 AM
I headed straight to Brgy. San Bartolome, registered and paid a fee of P20 then started my trek.
T
ime: 07:30 AM
The early parts of the trail was a bit overgrown (halatang hindi nadaanan ng matagal), nevertheless, it was still manageable. After about 30 minutes, I was already at the plantation area.
Time: 08:05 AM

I continued walking until I reached the part where Sipit and Palanggana trail converges.
Time: 08:28 AM
after almost an hour, I arrived at Melkas Campsite
Time: 09:22 AM
and it only took me 5 minutes to reach Haring Bato from the Melkas Campsite
Time: 09:28 AM
while assaulting Peak 3 via the roped segments, I spotted Mt. Banahaw
Time: 09:43 AM
I did not stop at Peak 3, upon reaching it I headed straight to Wild Boar trail. Somewhere there, I saw Peak 2 and Mt. Banahaw. It was wonderful because I know it's a very rare occurrence.
Time: 10:18 AM
It was so hot when I reached Peak 2, staying there for a long time would turn me into a "tuyo", so I carried on to UPLB
Time: 10:35 AM 
Just an hour later, I was already at the Agila Base
Time: 11:30 AM
I ran out of water during the traverse (I brought only 350ml H2O). Thank goodness there's a buko station at nursery.
Time: 12:09 PM
I ran the remaining 7 stations from the nursery and reached Station 1 after about 25 minutes
Time: 12:35 PM

My 5th Makiling Traverse (MakTrav) from Sto. Tomas to UPLB

I've been to Mt. Makiling a number of times, five times to be exact, but still the beautiful mountain has not failed to amaze me, as if every climb was my first.

 went back because I miss it badly
• This was a solo hike.
• I started at 7:30 AM, reached Agila Base at 11:30 AM, and finished at 12:35 PM (4 hours trek to Agila Base, 5 hours up to Station 1). It was my quickest MakTrav yet.
• I did not encounter a single limatik. Praise the weather I had.

• The confusing Melkas pink ribbons weren't there anymore.
• For the first time, I signed out at Station 1. Laging past 2 PM na kasi ako nakakarating dati sa Station 1kaya wala nang tao.
• 350 ml liquid and a Snicker Bar served me well in this MakTrav.
• Roughly, P250.00 was spent on this quick hike.
• Still haven't tried the Sipit Trail or a reverse traverse (UPLB-Sto.Tomas) on Makiling, really want to try it in the future.

I spotted these mountains on the trails of Mt. Makiling

Check out also my previous MakTravs:

• First time in MakTrav
• 3rd MakTrav
• Bloody MakTrav




 

11 comments:

  1. Halimaw! Hike pa ba to o trail run na? Haha. Galing mo talaga. :)

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  2. Nice. Tried it twice, once in high school and the last one, a few years ago. Still magic.

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  3. how much po ung budget?coming from manila

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  4. Sir Ivan,

    As in open na po talaga Makiling traverse? tumawag po kasi ako sa Makiling tsaka sa UPLB kahapon, sabi sa akin close pa po... :(

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  5. pwede ba may guide kapag first magpunta? thanks

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  6. Grabe Idol.. da best ka! Lagi kong binibisita ang blog na to at hindi ako nagsasawang basahin (at tignan ang magagandang pics) nang paulit-ulit. :)

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  7. I am going to visit this place on Friday but not the traverse. This post just made more excited to hike at Mt. Makiling!

    Angelo
    www.AngeloTheExplorer.com

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  8. ahahaha Halimaw nga snicker bar at tubig, nakatsenelas kpa.. anyways ang ganda po ang weather and image quality!

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