Sunday, March 17, 2013
It was still too early in the morning when we arrived at Philipan Resort in Anilao. The sky was so clear, not a single sign that rain's gonna drench us and make the trail muddy. Clearly, it was a perfect day to hike Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Lalo akong na-excite na umakyat.
Commute Notes: Commuting from Manila to the jump-off of Mt. GB would take several transfers, thus renting a vehicle to and fro will ease everything. But just in case you still want to travel by commute, here's how:
| From Manila, take a bus bound for Batangas Pier, tell the bus conductor to drop you at the Grand Terminal, travel time is about 2 hours and fare is Php160 something. Then from the Grand Terminal, ride a jeep to Mabini, travel for another hour, fare is Php30+. Once at Mabini, ride a tricycle to Philpan Resort, fare is Php80+ one way. Alternatively, if you're traveling with a big group (13 pax or more), you can just hire a jeep from Grand Terminal then ask the driver to bring you directly to Philpan Resort, Php80-100/head only.
|PhilPan Resort in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas is the jump-off for Mt. Gulugod Baboy. We arrived 7 in the morning.|
|wide open path to Mt. Gulugod Baboy|
|petiks climb daw oh!|
|there's no way you'll get lost on the trail of Mt. GB.|
it's wide and pretty much obvious, and if you're unsure, you can always ask the locals you'll meet along the way.
|at least 3 resting stations will be encountered on the trail|
|there's the lonely tree, medyo tumagal din kami diyan for photo ops.|
|a place for campers|
|also, a place for grazing cows|
|one happy group at the summit of Mt. Gulugod Baboy|
Anyway, after a series of jump shots, wacky shots, selfie shots and group shots, we started descending the mountain—excited for the Sombrero Island side trip (follow the story of our sidetrip to Sombrero Island here).
|on our way down, we tried the halo-halo. oh it's one of the bests!|
Done with Mt. Gulugod Baboy, my 37th mountain. I would like to thank all who joined this hike: my climb buddies, Dawn, Mam Joy and Roge; my Tramping Philippines buddies, Dane, Agnes and Ron; fellow blogger, Marx; and new friends, Leah, Jear, Joshua, Christine, Myra and Dolor. Woohoo, sa uulitin!