Six months after my first Mac-Trav, I found myself doing the same thing again, hoping that our charm would work for the second time.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
From the heart of Cuenca town, we walked the streets to Brgy. Pinagkaisahan hoping that the local officials would again let us pass. Kinakabahan ako dahil baka hndi kami payagan. The closer we get, the more I become nervous.
However, the barangay hall was surprisingly empty when when we arrived at 7:40 in the morning. Nasan na ang mga tao??? I asked the guy in the nearby house, he said they're out in the market, but he pointed me to one house a few meters away (probably the house of one of the barangay officials). An old man welcomed us and asked what we're up to, we said we're going to hike the grotto (I did not tell him we're planning a traverse, pasaway much). He did not bother asking any more questions, opened the barangay hall, let us sign the log book, and charged us P5 each. As quickly as that. Minutes later, we're already ascending the stair-steps to grotto.
|Maculot Traverse starts at this concrete stair steps. Tiring and punishing, for me, this is the most challenging part.|
|I was joined by active and budding mountaineers in this hike.|
Here's our photo at the grotto. Offers view of Batangas lowlands.
|gentle ascents to the summit|
|rock faces and roped segment|
|A considerable clearing at the summit area is very ideal to set up a camp for overnighters, and to have lunch for dayhikers.|
|Almost at the rockies|
Last month, Mt. Maculot has been in the news because of the tragedy that took the life of a mountaineer. He was missing for 2 weeks, then later, his body was found beneath the rockies.
|the spot where the mountaineer, Victor Ayson, was last seen.|
|On the way to the rockies, just a few minutes from the campsite.|
Be warned, once at the rockies view deck, there's a chance that you'll forget your name. The view was just too beautiful. Superbly breathtaking. Bringing a camera up there is a must. Taal lake and the volcano island is the most prominent view from the rockies. If you're lucky enough, the summit of Halcon, Batulao, Makiling and Tagapo would be visible too.
Another fun day at Mt. Maculot. Boo yeah!