Saturday - March 9, 2013
It feels so great to be back on Mt. Natib, knowing that good things are waiting for us up there - less number of limatiks, a very fine weather, and a refreshing waterfalls side trip. What's also nice in this hike is that I was joined by old and new faces which certainly made this one a whole latta fun experience.
I organized this climb and opened it to some who are willing to take the pain of a major climb. Most are from Manila so I pegged Bataan Transit Terminal in Cubao as our rendezvous. We took a 03:30 AM bus bound for Balanga and in about 3 hours we reached Orani, Bataan.
(Commute details: From Manila, take a bus bound for Balanga or Mariveles, either Bataan Transit or Genesis, then alight at Orani. Note that there are two routes going to Bataan - via the Bataan Provincial Highway and via the National Road. If coming from the central town via the National Road, go to the market and ride a jeep to Brgy. Tala; but if coming from the highway, ride a tricycle at Orani crossing)
|Sa totoo lang, hindi ko alam na dalawa pala ang dinadaanan ng mga bus kaya medyo nagulat ako na nasa bayan ng Orani kami bumaba and not along the highway where I'm used to.|
It was around 06:30 AM when we arrived at Brgy. Tala. We registered first at the barangay hall (paid P30 as a fee), then registered once more at the military camp (no fee).
|We registered at the barangay hall, there's a P30 reg fee.|
|at the military camp, we registered again, it is mandatory to show up before the military camp bago umakyat sa Mt. Natib.|
|We had breakfast first kaya late na kami nag-start ng trek. |
Started our trek at 07:30 AM
|Mt. Natib from the gate.|
Cloudy summit again?
|Just 5 mins from the house is a leftward upward shortcut.|
cutting about 15-20 minutes from the total trek time.
Into the Waterfalls
We saw earlier that the summit was partially shrouded by clouds (ayoko nang maulit yung naranasan kong puro puti ang paligid) that's why we decided to go for the side trip first to give the clouds some time to subside. Apart from that, not all mountains are blessed with awesomely gorgeous waterfalls, so marapat lang na bisitahin talaga namin ang Pasukulan falls.
So by taking the downward trail, we trekked through the forest, crossed several streams, met some limbless reptiles and braved a couple of loose steep trails.
|the trail was very well established, I don't remember any confusing parts in the entire length of the trail|
|Several streams were crossed. Maswerte kami dahil wala masyadong limatik sa trail|
|Pasukulan Falls, according to our guide, got its name from the many Japanese who surrendered (sumuko) in the area, way back during the end of WW2.|
|Not all mountains are blessed with gorgeous, stunning waterfalls.|
|During rainy season, the vicinity of the waterfalls is greatly infested with limatiks.|
Luckily, it's summertime.
To spend some more time chilling and relaxing at the waterfalls, kahit gaano ko pa ka-gusto, was not the option. At 1 PM, we left the place to carry on with our main objective which was the summit of Mt. Natib.
Into the Summit
It was almost 3PM when we got back on the main trail. The summit was still 2 hours away so I pushed everyone to speed up, baka wala na kaming maabutang liwanag sa summit kung magpapatuloy ang gentle pace namin.
|in no time, we reached the exhausting ascent to the summit.|
|not the clearest sky, but still happy that there were no clouds anymore|
|Panorama showing the surrounding mountains of Bataan Natural Park|
I would like to thank everyone who joined this redemption climb, making it a memorable one. Congrats to all, especially to those who, for the first time, completed a major climb, great job! Also thanks to Kuya Wilnor and Allen for guiding us.
You may also want to check out my first Mt. Natib experience in this link.