For the first weekend of March, Justin, DJ, and I headed to Calatagan’s famous Burot Beach. Other than encountering a couple of poisoned youths, it was a pretty relaxing weekend.
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.
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.”
Mt. Batulao has always been high up on the list of mountains that I really want to climb. I’ve heard so much about it from Justin that I’ve always viewed it as a challenge. Given the fact that it was rated 4/9 on Pinoy Mountaineer’s difficulty scale, and not to mention the 60-70 degree assault you needed to overcome upon approach of the highest peak, I was initially scared, apprehensive, and excited about this hike. I wasn’t comforted at all when Justin told me it would be easier than Pico de Loro. I mean, come on, get on my level, dude. Physically, I didn’t prepare for the hike (although I’ve been running 2x a week ever since the year started). I did, however, read extensively about the mountain to get an idea of what I would have to overcome upon the day of the hike.
Hiking up Mt. Maculot is special as it’s the first time I climbed a mountain. While we only went up ‘til the Rockies, the climb took us more than 700 meters above sea level, and that’s already high. As a person who’s somewhat scared of heights, Mt. Maculot and its famed Rockies shook me. From the town of Cuenca, it looks like an innocent mountain that actually looks like a hill, but trust me, it’s harder than it looks.
I’m really starting to learn not to take ANYTHING in face value.