Last March, I finally made one of my hiking dreams come true. I woke up at 12 midnight and joined Justin and the rest of our group on a midnight trek for a chance to see Mt. Pulag’s famous sea of clouds and sunrise scenery in person.
Itching to try out Justin’s new Elixir 2 tent from MSR, we embarked on an overnight camping trip last February 28-29 to where else but Tarak Ridge?
Last Sunday, I finally made it to Gulugod Baboy, a picturesque 525+ MASL hill located in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. A huge raincloud threatened the whole hike, but it dispersed when we got to the jump-off point.
I said finally because Justin and I already made plans to go to Gulugod Baboy last month, but because of our laziness, we ditched the plan and just opted to stay in bed and order takeout (because why not!) Luckily we were a little motivated to actually do this hike this time around as it’s the first climb of the year and we’ll be with other people. We originally invited three other people to come with us but two of them cancelled and so we’re stuck with Jerson, the dakilang third wheel.
Am I the only one who finds it alarming that we’re constantly being ditched by our friends? Are we not fun to be with??? Anyway, moving on.
(This was originally posted on 5/2/2015 on my old Tumblr account.)
From Coastal Road, when the sun is just low enough and the afternoon sky clear, you can make out the shadow of the massive Mt. Mariveles across the bay. It’s huge, it’s intimidating, and it’s beautiful. A major climb, most hikers go there to set up camp and watch the glorious sun rise and set from one of its peaks. On its west face is the popular Tarak Ridge, a thousand meters above sea level. From there, you can see Corregidor Island, and if you look hard enough, the other side of the bay.
Justin and I were supposed to go to Tarak last January, but because of warnings and the fact that we were so unprepared, we decided it was best to reschedule. April 11 was perfect; the day hike to Tarak Ridge became some sort of an anniversary climb for us.
To commemorate my first year of climbing mountains, I decided to go on an easy hike to Manabu Peak with my boyfriend. It was only appropriate — the moment we got to the garden-like peak area, we were granted with unobstructed views of Mt. Maculot, where I began my life as a wannabe mountaineer.
Wow that sounded so formal.
Anyway, as usual, we invited friends to come along with us. It was a weekend hike, so why not , right? But then again we got denied so the group hike ended up as a wonderful “Sundate.”