Walking away is the thing that you cannot just do in the middle of the mountain. No dramas that you can’t finish it, in the first place no one push you to climb a mountain. These were in my thoughts when we climbed Mt. Maculot in Cuenca Batangas.
Disclaimer: This is a solo journey without my Budz don’t worry we are still BudzForLife! Haha. It just so happen that he is not yet ready for this kind of activity plus there were some personal health reasons that time. I am the one who is so eager to experience mountain climbing, so I pushed through with friends. No more couple pictures for the mean time. 🙂
We ate our lunch in Herman’s Paliguan before hiking to gain more energy and strength. It was already passed 12:00 PM if I remember it right when we started to trek. Before anything else, don’t forget to pray to thank the Lord for a wonderful day that He has given to you and ask guidance as this kind of adventure requires energy and comes with a lot of danger.
I was so excited to climb and see how does it feels to be in a mountain. I know it was difficult, but I didn’t realize ’till I felt that it was really hard. At first, the trail was still manageable for a first timer like me. I can still talked, smile and threw jokes to my college friends. But when I noticed that the trail was getting steeper and I became slower there’s a shortness of my breathe and my legs were shaking. Time checked: it was only 20 minutes of trekking since we started. Then I remembered, okaaaay I’m not a sporty person and I only do walking as my daily exercise other than that no hardcore thingy. So I thought of why pushed myself to be in the Rockies and keep up with these who were physically fit. I did it for fun, so I slow down for a moment and aja station number 4! Time to rest!
First Ten Minutes- I can still keep up with these Girls
We have oldies in the group (peace), but I consider my abilities in climbing as an oldie. Kuya Richie and I rested for a 10-20 minutes in station 4 to catch breathe and gain power. A piece of advise from a first timer like me, consider the abilities of each and everyone in the group. Climbed as a group and do not bully them if they can’t keep up with you. Remember it’s their first time they need guidance and motivations.
In the group, I am the stopper of my college friends we sometimes laughed because of me and my sluggishness that delays reaching the Rockies. Don’t blame me I easily gets exhausted. We have several stop overs because of me, thank God they have a very long patience when it comes to me! Hehe! Not only that when I felt that my things were getting heavier compare to when we started, I began to put some of my things in the bag of my Ninong without him noticing. So brilliant of me! Hahaha.
I noticed that fellow mountaineers always greet us, so even if I am lacking breathe I also greeted them to show courtesy. 🙂
Ninong took this picture when he was already in the Rockies and when we were still in the other end of the mountain. We have to cross first before getting into the rockies.
See me smiling here because we were almost there! 🙂 Yes, I climbed without a pony tail, not because I don’t have a pony tail but because I just wanted. Haha.
My companions getting up to the Rockies. Magic Word: PUSH MO KO HINDI AKO MAKAAKYAT! HAHAH. 🙂
Finally! With millions of sweats produced, I made it to the Rockies! 🙂 All the weary was washed out by the cold air and the view from the top was FUNtastic that wants me to stay for a lifetime there! 🙂 Pinoy will not be a Pinoy without picture taking right?! 🙂
Ivan who just followed us in the BUS terminal, almost left by the one we took luckily he was able to made it just in time from work. Haha. Right, addict mode on. No sleep, no rest but climb. 🙂
Paj (Ninong) who doesn’t showed any tiredness in climbing the mountain even if it was his first time. 🙂 He even asked for more climbs in the future! Good job Ninong! haha. 🙂
Seriously Gerd?! Doughie in the mountain? Careful! Kuya Obet in other side, late comer who made the itinerary super delayed! Hahaha. Just kidding aside. 🙂
Mhy, the super selfie girl of Mt.Maculot. 🙂 She posed like we were not in a very steep place! When I looked at her doing selfie thingy with a monopod, I can’t imagine myself and my phone! Haha!
We really enjoyed the rockies and its super natural beauty from above. I wonder why it is famous among day hikers, aside from it is easy to climb (for those who’s stamina is in average, I consider my stamina in a super low haha) it is also accessible if you know what I mean, its only near from Manila. 🙂
Shierland gave me the idea to try a mountain experience. We talked a lot in our office about this kind of activity which made me decide to give it a try! 🙂
The Revised Meteor Garden Pose in Mt.Maculot
Our Mt. Maculot experience will not be successful if these two guys were not present! Haha. Our super handsome guides fresh from BATANGAS! 🙂
This is how I end up my summer at exactly May 31 2014, we climbed and descended Mt.Maculot in Cuenca Batangas together with old and new friends. 🙂
In a mountain, there are only two options you can either make it to your goal or you can’t. I chose to finish it and I did it. 🙂
We already descended in the rockies and reached the downtown passed 4:00 PM. Originally, we wanted to come also to Grotto but the time did not allow us. After the climb, we rested for a while in Herman’s place and then ate lomi in one of the carideria in Batangas. 🙂
- Do not underestimate any mountain even if you have read in other blog posts that it is easy to climb.
- Be ready and always count on yourself. Once you are already there, no more dramas because you can’t back out unless you can manage to return on your own.
- Mountain climbing are not for those people who doesn’t want to sweat and gets dirty. You will sweat million times and gets dirty. Cut your nails, so when you have to grasp in soil or branches of trees dirt won’t be entering your fingernails. Haha.
- Climb as a group, the more you stay together the happier it is because you can see all the epic scenarios during the trekking plus you can reminisce about past. Haha. 🙂
- Keep calm and drink water. Haha
- 250PHP- Back and forth- Buendia-Batangas
- 16PHP- Back and forth Jeepney going to Buendia-house
- 10PHP- Going to LOMI Carinderia
- 16PHP- Going to terminal two rides (going home)
- 500PHP-FOOD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Packed Food, Chichirias, Chocolates
Thank you for reading! 🙂