Sunday - May 26, 2013
Many times I attempted a hike in this mountains, but always end up being postponed, and everytime it happens, I'm not too keen on pushing for the hike again (in other words, tinatamad talaga akong akyatin ang Talamitam). Certainly, it's not in my priority list. But fate eventually brought me to Brgy. Bayabasan (the jump-off) to finally cross Mt. Talamitam out of my To-Climb list.
Getting into Mt. Talamitam is really easy if coming from Manila. It's just a bus away, about 2 hours ride. Any Nasugbu-bound or Calatagan-bound bus from Manila (terminal is located at Coastal Mall in Parañaque) plies the route, just tell the conductor to drop you at Brgy Bayabasan, specifically at KM 83.At Kilometer 83 of the road to Nasugbu, our adventure began. It was 07:00 in the morning and the weather was perfect for hiking (contrary to what the forecasters), with me are my buddies, Dawn and Darwin.
Like the nearby Batulao, Talamitam is a bald mountain, treeless, nothing but grass, hence the reputation of a really hot mountain. So right from the start, I tried to condition my mind that we're about to do a dehydrating hellish climb.
|at the registration site, we were the only hikers that morning.|
|dahil nga wala na yung bamboo bridge, rock hopping na lang kami|
|Good thing it wasn't raining when we're trekking, or else this part's gonna be very muddy.|
The ascend was gradual, and the trails were not even confusing (at least for me). In fact, it all leads to just one place—the grazing fields of Talamitam. That's the reason why many protested about the mandatory guideship implemented by the barangay, kasi madali lang naman talaga makarating sa summit, oh well. But despite that all, humidity in the area was too wearing. Sobrang init lang talaga! We sweated a lot even though we did not exert too much effort on the trail.
The wow part of Mt. Talamitam came as soon as we exited the hot woodland area. The grazing fields, which reminded me so much of the teletubbyland (from the kiddie show Teletubbies), looked so great, so unlike the photos of dry grassland I've seen in the internet. The lively green field against the very blue sky was surreal, a wonderful sight to behold.
|unquestionable beauty. Teletubbyland indeed. Summit of Mt. Talamitam at the background.|
|I'd love to run/roll around and sing, "the hills are alive with the sound of music...", kaya lang maraming poop.|
|clearly, the open trail was too hot, exposed to sun's unmerciful heat.|
The grassy mountain top offered stunning views of plains and nearby mountains. There were the mountains Batulao (SE), Marami (NW) and Pico de Loro (NW).
|one happy group at the summit of Mt. Talamitam.|
|Smiling at 630 meters above sea level|
Our guide ran down the steep trail when we told her that it's time to descend. We enthusiastically followed her pace of course. Descents are my favorite part of the hike, and doing it with speed makes me ecstatic.
|dahil long legged si ate, siya ay kumaripas at hindi ko mahabol.|
My 45th mountain, completed. Thanks so much to Dawn and Darwin for joining me, and to Bebs, our guide for this hike. Mt. Talamitam was the biggest surprise of the month, it greatly exceeded my expectations. A very sulit climb.