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Don’t Tell My Mom I Climbed Mt. Pulag

Don’t Tell My Mom I Climbed Mt. Pulag

On February 27, 2012, I conquered the highest mountain in Luzon. We’d been preparing for this trip for only a few days and Robbie and I even went on a panic-buying Ukay spree just so we could survive the trip. While Robbie worried so much about dying, getting frostbitten at the top or losing a nose, I was pretty much sure I could do it – despite the many people who had warned me of the below zero temperature at the top. Still, I came prepared. Or I thought I did. After buying from Ukay and borrowing a jacket, scarf and sweater from friends, we boarded a jeep from Microtel Inns and Suites in Baguio and headed off to Benguet from there. We arrived at the Visitor’s Center at around 8am, I think. We went in for a short seminar on the safety and guide rules at the mountain. By then, I was already slightly nervous and paranoid. What if this was to be my last night and my parents didn’t even know I was here? My mind raced on. The seminar/talk took about 30 minutes or so. After that, the guys and I looked around the small, souvenir shop for anything that might come useful for the night. I bought hand warmers for P70. When we were all ready,

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Mt. Tagapo, Binangonan

Mt. Tagapo, Binangonan

Fast Facts: Mt. Tagapo Brgy. Janosa, Talim Island, Binangonan 438masl, class trail 1-2, 1 day climb, 2 hours, 15 minutes to summit from camp     Mt. Tagapo was my birthday climb. Located in Binangonan, a 30 minute jeep ride and a 1 ½ hour boat ride, it was the closest and most accessible mountain in my part.     Suggested Dayhike Itinerary 0500 meet up at EDSA-Crossing terminal; take jeep to Binangonan.  (P28 from Big R Junction) 0600 ETA Binangonan port, take passenger ferry to Brgy. Janosa. (P30) 0900 ETA Brgy. Janosa; arrange for guides, (P20) start trek 1100 ETA summit, lunch 1200 start descent 1300 back at jump-off, take return ferry 1430 ETA Binangonan 1530 ETA Manila Side trip: (optional) 1500 (ETA arrival Tanay for Daranak and Batlag and Calinawan Cave if time permits) 1515 Calinawan Cave 1545 ETD for Batlag Falls 1600 ETA Batlag Falls 1630 Batlag Falls 1700 Daranak Falls 1730 ETD for Manila 1900 ETA Manila   *Notes*   Ka-Eddie and Mang Archie don’t have an actual charge or rate for their guide fee. However, the standard is P300 for one guide and P500 for 2 guides. Feel free to add more because I highly recommend their company as they are really kind people.   The trail is really confusing so it’s always best to

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Mt. Taal, Batangas

Mt. Taal, Batangas

Fast Facts: Mt. Taal Talisay, Batangas 311masl, 1.7km, class trail 1 45 minutes to summit, half day climb Mt. Taal is my first actual hike. Well, the one that I at least had an idea I was climbing a mountain. Mt. Taal is located in Talisay, Batangas, even if it is a very common thought that the Taal Volcano is located in Tagaytay. Geographically, the volcano is locat ed in Talisay. This volcano is widely known as the smallest active volcano in the whole world. The once colossal volcano rising to 5800 meters was reduced to the now crater lake and what is known as the Taal mountain. This climb is only a minor climb, with a difficulty level of only 2/9 according to www.pinoymountaineer.com. With a trail length of 1.7kms and class trail 1, the 311masl is only set for a half day climb, 45 minutes to summit (although we took more than an hour). The history of the Taal volcano dates back to a wondrous story, bringing up stories that the beautiful lake stores numerous legends about unknown sea creatures, unknown ruins and even lost cities. Tales have even lead back to stories wherein sharks used to roam the lake as well as a the Hydrophis semperi or the duhol to locals or the Lake Taal Sea Snake

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