Sunday, February 14, 2021

Igpit Peak and Matron Falls (Nueva Ecija, 855+ MASL)

Early morning at Igpit Peak

Located in the same locality as Mt. 387 in Brgy. Puncan, Igpit peak forms part of Mt. Lakay, one of the towering peaks of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Carranglan Nueva Ecija. Named after one the trails leading to the summit of Mt. Lakay, Igpit literally means 'narrow' in the local dialect of Carranglan. Crisscrossing the Kabulinawan river, the trail towards Igpit peak features unlimited river crossings, river bouldering and wading into the clear waters of the river replete with small freshwater crabs and fish. After hiking several minor climbs for the past couple months, I felt ready to finally get my feet wet again, literally, with a major dayhike. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Mt. Pinagbanderahan (Quezon, 366+ MASL)

At a cliff edge overlooking Pagbilao, Quezon

Located within the 983 hectares Quezon Protected Landcape, Mt. Pinagbanderahan, also known as Mt. Mirador holds an important historical significance. Literally meaning "where the flag was hoisted", the mountain was a silent witness to the changes of power in the country - from the raising of the Philippine flag during the Philippine revolution, to the hoisting of the American and Japanese flags during the ocupation and finally back to the Philippine flag when we gained independence. A beginner-friendly mountain, the summit can easily be reached in an hour or so via a concrete path through the forest.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Mt. Zamatam (Zambales, 835+ MASL)

At the viewdeck of Mt. Zamatam

With stringent travel restrictions easing after the ECQ has been lifted, new hiking destinations were opened in response to hikers wanting to resume climbing activities after several months of quarantine. Among these newly opened destinations are the trails to Mt. Zamatam in Subic, Zambales. Having seen posts about this quickly-gaining-in-popularity mountain on social media and blogs, I decided to hike Mt. Zamatam and see what the hype is about. 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mt. Arayat South Peak and Talon Pari Falls (Pampanga-Bulacan, 983+ MASL)

At the viewdeck of Mt. Arayat's South Peak

Note: This blogpost narrates my latest Mt. Arayat South Peak hike. To read about my first Mt. Arayat hike via the Quad Peak trail, please click here

More than 2 years ago, I hiked Mt. Arayat for the first time via the then newly opened Quad Peak trail. It was my very first taste of a truly major dayhike - a 7/9 difficulty level hike to four distinct peaks, with over 1,000 meters maximum elevation lasting over 13 hours. The hike was undoubtedly an extremely memorable experience. Since travel restrictions have been laxed for some time now and hiking activities were allowed to resume, I decided to cap off year 2020 with a revenge Mt. Arayat dayhike. 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Revisting Mt. Kalisungan (Laguna, 760+ MASL)

On the slopes of Mt. Kalisungan, Mt. Prinza in the background

Note: This blogpost narrates my latest hike to Mt. Kalisungan. To read about my first hike to this mountain back in 2017, please click HERE. 

It was over 3 years ago when I last hiked Mt. Kalisungan, the very first mountain in Laguna that I have summited. Going by different names such as Mt. Calauan and Mt. Nagcarlan, this mountain sits at the border of these towns in Laguna, with the jump-off located in Brgy. Lamot 2 in Calauan. I was actually meaning to revisit another mountain further north - Mt. Arayat, but it was closed on that date so I decided to revisit Mt. Kalisungan instead, remembering its relatively easy and short trail as well as the stunning views at the summit. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Mt. Bagtas (Rizal, 294+ MASL)

At the summit marker of Mt. Bagtas

Year 2020 has been a year of disasters, with the pandemic and a string of natural calamities that visited the country, all of us are affected. It has been 9 months since I last hiked and I missed the mountains terribly. As the year draws to a close, I finally got the chance to stretch my legs again and breathe in fresh mountain air.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Mt. Alapaap (Rizal, 591+ MASL)

At the karst limestone formation marking the summit of Mt. Alapaap

One of the easier and beginner-friendly trails in Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal, Mt. Alapaap is perfect for the newbie wanting to try out hiking. With an easy and short trail and picturesque views of the peaks and valleys of the Sierra Madre mountain range as well as occasional sea of clouds and waterfalls, hikers looking for a chill hike would definitely enjoy hiking Mt. Alapaap.