Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mt. Pinagbanderahan/Mt. Gulugod Baboy (Batangas, 525+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Pinagbanderahan with Mt. Maculot in the background (July 2016)

Another great hiking destination in Batangas is Mt. Pinagbanderahan/Gulugod Baboy. Here is where the sea and the sky meet - great snorkeling and diving spots right at the jump-off and beautiful rolling slopes and green peaks at the summit. Situated in the Calumpang Peninsula in Mabini, Batangas, this area is not only popular among hikers and mountaineers but also among snorkelers and scuba diving enthusiasts. And of course you can enjoy both outdoor activities while in Mabini - hike in the morning and snorkel in the afternoon, then marvel in awe at the spectacular sunset.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mt. Talamitam (Batangas, 630+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Talamitam, with Mt. Apayang in the background

Just a stone's throw away from Mt. Batulao, Mt. Talamitam is an excellent dayhike destination or even a part of a Batulao-Talamitam twin hike. Easily accessible from Manila via buses that ply the route to Nasugbu, Batangas, Mt. Talamitam is literally just a ride away from the Metro. Its trails offer a variety of settings and backdrops, from nicely forested trails lined with fruiting mango and santol trees, bamboo stands and short bushes to wide open grasslands and vegetable gardens. The trail itself varies - from easy and relaxed stroll on open grasslands perfect for newbies to steep assaults with straightforward 100 meter altitude gain that experienced hikers would certainly appreciate.