Monday, October 30, 2017

Mt. Ulap (Benguet, 1,846+ MASL)

Atop the Gungal Rock of Mt. Ulap (October 2017)

Set in a picturesque piece of the high Cordilleras is the Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail. This trail runs through open and forested sections studded with majestic views of the high mountains, pine forests and several peaks which highlights the many and varied attractions of the Eco-Trail. Conveniently located some 40 minutes away from Baguio City, Mt. Ulap is a perfect destination of choice for hikers wanting to sample the mountains of the Cordillera Range that can be completed within a day without going into a major hike.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mt. Marami and Oriit Falls (Cavite, 405+ MASL)

Atop the Silyang Bato at the summit of Mt. Marami (October 2017)

Located within the Maragondon Range in the same locale as Mt. Pico de Loro, Mt. Marami is another favorite destination for hikers and mountaineers in the province of Cavite. True to its name, Mt. Marami's sheer rock cliff face is composed of many towering rocky pillars pushing out of the earth skyward, giving it such a majestic appearance even from a distance. A true test of stamina and willpower, the trails towards the summit of Mt. Marami takes about 4-6 hours of hike, with several river crossings through forested and open areas vulnerable to the elements. Weather plays a great role in hiking to the summit - the rainy season provides relief from the scorching sun but can slow hikers down due to the extremely muddy trail while the summer season dries out these muddy patches yet exposes hikers to extreme heat.