Kuya Eric (as what I have observed) is the most adventurous guy in our office. In fact he was a member of a mountaineering club they called ADTREK. I am very happy meeting him as I was exposed to this kind of activity. So, last year (July 23, 2012) I was encouraged to take my first climb activity. A Mt. Batulao Day Hike Traverse was organized by Kuya Eric and his team, and this was open to all who are interested. So I, Jocel, Kim and Joy from PCB Group participated to this climb.
|This sample shot was given by Kuya Eric to have some encouragements.|
The meeting place was set to be 6:00am at Jollibee – Robinson Pala-Pala. We were just informed to bring our own lunch, water, a pair of extra shirt, rain cover, and small amount of money. Me, having no idea at all in mountaineering, didn’t even prepared. So I just wear a pair of white shirt and a semi-maong shorts, normal rubber shoes with a white socks. I was really looked funny compared to my other colleagues. Take note guys, it’s a BIG NO NO to use a white shirt, and a white socks because expect this to become very dirty, and will just thrown away after a climb. Ahaha. I didn’t even know that thing. Another thing, use Leggings or soft pants when trekking, so that you can get less wounds. :>
Note: I will not post any picture of me for my first climb (nakakahiya kasi outfit ko..ahaha)
So let’s back to the story. The group hired a Jeepney from there to Nasugbu (sorry I don’t even remember how much we pay for the Jeepney fare). Then first drop, here.
If you can observed the time from the picture, we started walking by 8:30 in the morning. Well, the 6:00am departure time was not met (that's what we called "Filipino Time"). If I'm not mistaken, around past 7:00am when we left Pala-pala.
I actually can’t remember our head count that time. More or less 15 heads. We have what we called 'the trek arrangement': A front man, middle man, and last man that should be an experienced trekker. So the we, as visitors should always be with in those persons. In that case, the safety is assured, that no person can be left behind. We, are always at the end of the line, guess why, of course, picture taking, hehe. So here are some of our shots.
|We have same altitude as the clouds. Imagine?|
|Walking by twos :>|
|This shot is same as the shot taken by Boss Eric above, this time, using my camera.|
|We took a rest on this ragged Nipa Hut (So sad to this that it is not as good as it used to be, probably damaged by strong rain.)|
See that peak? I think that's the Summit (if I am not mistaken). stepping that Summit.
After almost 2 hours walk, we reached the 1st camp of Mt. Batulao. There are 10 camps in all, so trekkers has an option to skip some, or complete all. Sorry I forgot how many camps we have passed by.
We ate our Lunch Baon here at Camp 1. Just after eating, the sky became dark and rain start falling. We (the newbies) started to panic on how we can finish this adventure. So we let first the rain to pass, before we started walking again. Remember, our goal is to reach the Summit. As a mountaineer, you should reach your goal rain or shine.
Umbrellas, and rain coats maid our lives easier, thanks to the inventors of this. Indeed very helpful. :>
As the result of the rain, here is a 1 percent visibility. We can't even enjoy the scenery as it was covered by fogs.
We just spent only minutes to enjoy this scenery, and now ready to take the traverse, going back to the plain.
|A breathtaking walk on the Mountains Peak. Its very dangerous, so you must really take a good step at a time.|
|I really love this shot. A Cute little flower grow in a large stone at the peak of the mountain.|
Here's how my feet looks.. very dirty. See my white socks? It is now ready for disposal.tsk.tsk. Good thing my shoes is color brown. I'm really worried for my companions as they are wearing white shoes, just think how it looks like comparing to mine.
After the very long day, we successfully finished the Day Hike with everybody in safe condition. Next stop, A Resto in Tagaytay, to taste their very delicious and known Bulalo with fresh fruits.
|Eat. Eat. Eat.|
That's all for this post guys. Thanks.