Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mt. Makiling Traverse Hike (1,090+ MASL)

Mt. Makiling as seen near the trailhead

Mt. Makiling has always been one of my dream climbs, I'm not sure why I waited this long to climb it. It features prominently every time I go south of Manila - whether to Laguna, Batangas or Quezon, this mountain always seems to loom large and foreboding. Perhaps the tales of Mariang Makiling and the stories of lost wanderers in the mountain or maybe because of the infamous tales of hikers on how limatik-infested this mountain is might be what had made me procrastinate for so long before finally deciding to hike this majestic mountain. As the year draws to a close, this will perhaps be my last hike for this year.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kilangin Falls/Bukal Falls (Liliw, Laguna)

At the lowest tier of Kilangin Falls

Turquoise blue, ice cold water from the springs at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, thick and verdant forest cover and the relative ease of reaching the falls are what draws people from all over to this little piece of paradise tucked away in a remote corner of Liliw, Laguna. Known by two names depending on who you ask, the people of Liliw refers to this place as Kilangin Falls, said to be derived from the word dalangin as the falls were said to be a former pilgrimage site where devotees of the virgin Mary would offer their prayers. On the other side of the fence, people from the neighboring town of Majayjay refers to it as Bukal Falls, named after barangay Bukal in the municipality. As such, the falls can be reached either via Brgy. Novaliches in Liliw or Brgy. Bukal in Majayjay.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Nalayag Rocks (a.k.a Mt. Nalayag/Nalayag Monolith) Batangas, 552+ MASL

At the the top of the smaller monolith of Nalayag 

Just a week after revisiting Mt. Parawagan and more than a month after I was initially invited, I was finally able to see the famous monolithic rocks of Nalayag. Locally referred to as Mt. Nalayag, these rocks are nestled along the ridge that forms part of the slopes of another well-known hiking destination in Lobo, Batangas - Mt. Masalakot. Located in the coastal area of Lobo, there are several side trips to choose from - the pebble beaches of Malabrigo at the top of the list. Since my hike at Mt. Parawagan was kind of "bitin", I went ahead and joined this hike.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Revenge Climb: Mt. Parawagan (Rizal, 480+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Parawagan with Mts. Pamitinan, Binacayan, Hapunang Banoi and Ayaas in the background

A drizzling Sunday morning together with some friends from the office, we found ourselves at the gates of the DENR registration site in Sitio Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal. We have previously planned a dayhike of Mt. Binacayan and a side trip to Wawa Dam after the hike. However it seems like the weather has a different plan for us - the rains had left the mountain trail muddy with perilous, slippery jagged rocks, at the same time had muddied the clear waters of Wawa River. So after careful consideration, we decided to hike the trails of the neighboring Mt. Parawagan.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mt. Natib Dayhike (Bataan, 1,287+ MASL)

Sea of Clouds at the summit of Mt. Natib

Located just around 21 kilometers away from Mt. Mariveles, Mt. Natib is another great dayhike destination within the province of Bataan. Like Mt. Mariveles, Mt. Natib is also a dormant but potentially active volcano with an extensively weathered crater forming a caldera complex. Located in the northern portion of the Bataan Peninsula, the usual jump-off is at Brgy. Tala in Orani, Bataan, although hikers can also approach the summit from Sitio Kanawan in Morong, Bataan. Rising to about 1,287+ MASL, Mt. Natib can be safely and comfortably dayhiked from Orani, Bataan, usually taking around 4-5 hours to reach the summit.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Seven-Peak Hike to Mt. Kalbo (Rizal, 660+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Kalbo

More than a month after my last hike and just a week after the Skechers half marathon run, I was finally able to hike again. A slight reprieve from the torrential rains brought about by tropical storm Karding (international name Yagi) and the southwest monsoon allowed me a small window of opportunity to finally quench my thirst for hiking. Mt. Kalbo, located in the same area as the Laiban Quatro trail and the Multi-tiered Laiban Falls in Brgy. Laiban, Tanay, Rizal offers a great opportunity to experience a multi-peak hike with a side trip to a waterfall, all in a relatively short and easy trail close to the cities of the Metro.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mascap MultiPeak Hike - Espadang Bato (455+ MASL) Bulaklak Peak (510+ MASL) and Sipit Ulang (210+ MASL)

Atop the Espadang Bato, Mt Ayaas in the background

The mountains of Rizal are a welcome respite to us hikers living in the Metro. With such wonderful destinations right at the doorstep of the city, hikers are treated to a variety of options to choose from. Rodriguez, Rizal (formerly Montalban) is one of such places. From mainstream hiking trails like the famous twin mountains of Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, the more challenging Mt. Hapunang Banoi, the rocky and craggy Mt. Lagyo and the stately Mt. Ayaas to the less-crowded trails of Mt. Oro, Mt. Sipit Ulang and the distant Mt. Rayak, Mt. Magloko and Mt. Kapananan, the possibilities are numerous and varied.