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Hiking Diary: Gulugod Baboy

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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.

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Hiking Diary: Tarak Ridge

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(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.

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Hiking Diary: Manabu Peak

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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.”

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Hiking Diary: Mt. Batulao

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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.

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