Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mt. Manalmon

A couple of years ago, whenever I would see mountaineers with their backpacks, I would just ignore these people and said I would never become one of them as I felt like they were so dirty and smelly ( he he he)

Now, I am one of them ( ha ha ha)

I have been trekking since last year but someone would always carry my bag and we would just go from one mountain to another not actually going up to the summit. I recently decided to join this group of mountaineers and they made me experience the first mountain I have climbed (take note . . . no porters)

Mt. Manalmon is a minor climb, Difficulty 2/9.
Jump-off is at Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan.
MASL = 196
(info from Pinoy Mountaineer)

For PhP5 per person, we hopped into this raft to get to the other side.

Register for just PhP5. 
Then just nearby is an old house where the late Julie Vega filmed a horror movie.

We asked permission to go in. I don't invite these scary thoughts so I'm fine. 
This photo is taken inside the house.

While the rest was preparing their things, I hung out with the locals.

We started the trail by passing the Station of the Cross.

We went inside Madlum Cave which is just short and easy.

A bit slippery because it rained.

There was just a portion where we passed a narrow area and then the rest was spacious. 


This is sad. Vandalism.


This is the other side of the cave.

It was a short up and down trail from the cave.

River crossing.

Take 5.
It was hot.

This part was fun.

Good thing it wasn't slippery.

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Group photo at the rock!

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Camp site!

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They assigned me to sleep in this tent.

From the campsite, a few more steep steps up to the summit.

We didn't have any height problems so we sat at the edge.
Though, we were still careful as you can slide here. 

The wind was a bit strong so you can't sit in this area too long.

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There was another rock just next to the summit.
It was difficult to get there.
We found out later that we should have not done this because the guides feel that this is dangerous.
Our guide was busy doing something at the camp site and was surprised when I showed him this photo in my camera.

Well . . .  I did not go to that rock and was already happy to be at this edge. 
Maybe next time . . . when we have a rope.
The view was just beautiful.

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Going up to the summit can only take an hour and the tour can be done half a day.
Though we decided to stay over night for socials.

There was another group who was there before us.
Two of them were celebrating their birthdays and they shared a slice of cake.

I wasn't able to sleep that well because it was really warm and there wasn't any air.
So when light came, I went up to the summit again to wait for the sun to rise.

The sun came out really fast. Though it had its drama . . . hmmm... it was brief but still lovely.

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A fire tree from afar.

Someone seemed to have had a good night and was not able to wake up for the sunrise. 

With our guide . . . I forgot his name.
Nice guy.

We took a different trail going down.

Which led us to the river. 
We took a dip right away because it was extremely warm.
That's the summit behind us.

The trail wasn't that hard.

Then we came across the river again . . . 
Seriously . . . it was really hot that we had to dip in once again. 

Another area that looked inviting again.

Checking how deep it was.
Though he returned back right away as he forgot that he had his DSLR outside his backpack.

When we got back . . . we did spelunking but I will write about that on another post.
We did the monkey bridge.
Our goal was to go to the other end without any safety gears. 

Just hold on to the rope and balance yourself to get to the other end.

View from the other end.

Monkey bridge

I don't know how to swim! So if I fall . . . well . . . I didn't. *;P

Late night. Limited sleep time. No air. Sun shone brightly.

Anywhere I could sit or lie down, I did. 


Group photo with the locals before we headed home.

Some photo credits to:
Edzel, Ahzil, Diabs and Sir Andrew.



Excellent blog. Keep on coming Ma'am. Thanks for the detailed info :-) Thumbs up!

congrats ann hahaha ano na iinluv ka na sa paghihike hehehe tara set ka naman sa akyat natin :)

hahaha thanks. pero manong...minor lang muna ha. hinde ako katulad mo na harkur.

Ohh, nice. I'd love to do this, nature at its finest.

you have a nice blog.I love mountain tracking,the adventure in moutain trekking is just awesome.

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