Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River (Rizal/Quezon, 739+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Daraitan (taken on April 2016)

Tucked away in the boundaries of eastern Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar in Quezon is the majestic Mt. Daraitan and the scenic Tinipak River. It has been some time since I first dreamed of visiting this place and taking on the challenge of scaling Mt. Daraitan. Based on what I've heard from fellow hikers and read in several blogs, Mt. Daraitan is quite a challenge with its straightforward altitude gain of 600 meters, most of its trail is full assault. However, the beauty of the Tinipak River on the other side of the mountain offers a rewarding respite to the weary hiker who has just successfully scaled Mt. Daraitan.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mt. Hapunang Banoi (Rizal, 517+ MASL)

Taken at the summit of Mt. Hapunang Banoi on April 2016

Along with Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi is one of the favorite hiking destinations of Sitio Wawa in Brgy San Rafael, Rodriguez Rizal. Viewed from afar, the three mountains appear like siblings, with Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan as the younger twin brothers and Mt. Hapunang Banoi as the elder brother, joined to Mt. Pamitinan by a single trail which forks at the junction.