Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mount Maculot

Mt. Maculot - Rockies (706+)
Rockies-Summit-Grotto Traverse (930+)
Source: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com

We met up at  JAC Liner in Buendia-LRT at 5.00am
Everyone was asleep once we've hopped on the bus since it was really early. We got to sleep for at least 2.5 hours.



We took the Lemery bus and it dropped us here.

Took a tricycle to get to the barangay.
Mandatory log-in/out.

That's our GOAL up there.

We can leave our things at the store where we can bathe after.
Our friend Jaja was drinking her water so her bag won't be heavy!
ha ha ha it was her first climb!

I always say that we hike fast but we take a lot of pictures and it slows us down :)

Don't worry about stop overs. There are a lot of mini stops.
These ones sell buko juice and bananas/hard boiled eggs sometimes.


Strike a pose.


What's challenging about this part of the climb was that it's loose soil.
Not much rocks to step on. Helpful, if you have a stick.


Look!
5 minutes of hike and another mini stop.

And another . . .

This mini stop has a nice view deck.

The trail.


This is the major stop. It is the head branch he he he
Super expensive. If we have the 7-11convenience store in the city, this is like 7-20.

I had the halo-halo which was I think 40 pesos.


The comfort room.


We had lunch here. We brought our own food but we couldn't help but buy one 1.5 liters of coke that cost like 155 pesos. 7-20 huh?
On this photo, we had another group of mountaineers with us who shared their table.


My climb buddy Kim was very happy with our new friends.
As for me, I got the That Thing Called No Tadhana shot.
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I belong!
ha ha ha 
The guides


On our way to the Rockies.


That other end is the way to the rockies.
We had to wait as it was traffic going up.


Ropes are placed to go down.


See the people behind me up on the Rockies.


And then there's that mandatory group shot.



There are different spots you can take photos of when you're at the Rockies.

At the tip of the rock
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If you're brave and your guide says it's okay ... go!



Sun bathing


Our group shot.


My favorite spot.


Can't go to this area without the guide.
Escorted by our guide, Ramil.
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Be careful as it gets windy in this part.
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Our next destination is the Summit which is behind me.

The only way to go to the Summit was to go down again the Rockies.
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On the way to the summit.

We picked some wild berries.
Guide Ramil said it was safe to eat it.


At the SUMMIT

Like all summits, it's tiny. 
We had to have a group photo with another group.
This one was a failure. Against the light :)

This is more like it!
Everyone was having a hard time because of the sunlight.
I didn't.
I have super powers.
Sunlight can't get inside my eyes.
It's small he he he

Our group photo.


 You have options on which trail you want to do.
We did the traverse trail.
Our exit was at the grotto.

 The trail was fun and adventurous.

Before we reached the grotto, we saw some houses and stores.

We rested while we wait for the others.
We had the photo of the family who owns the store.
We mingle with locals!

When the other half of the group arrived, 
Jaja had a minor injury so she got some free massage from Julie.
While Kim did a pray over.

Our mandatory group shot with the store owners.

Off to the Grotto.

 Group shots overload.

We named our group AWO which stands for Arms Wide Open.
Funny joke we made of another group we encountered on this climb.

Our album cover shot

Pasaway shots
When it was a back shot, what did I do?
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Instruction: Look back from their right . . . what did I do?

Instruction. Look back from their left . . . what did I do?
I think I was too far to hear it. That's why!

and then....I noticed our Guide Ramil was playing with us trying to tell us to make these poses.
Of course...we obeyed!

Going down to the Stations of the Cross.
Again, we were doing the traverse trail so we reached the last cross first.




Expect lots of people here during Holy Week.

Random local kids at one of the stations. 

It was all steps from the first station up until to the last.

While waiting for the rest of the group, I sat with the local drivers who were playing.
The game was funny and it made no sense at all ha ha ha


We took the tricycle to get back to the store where we started.

It was a fun hike.
Even my shoe was smiling.

Wonderful owners of the store where we cleaned up.

Batangas is known for their goto and lomi. 
We made sure we had one before heading back to Manila.

In case you need a guide, Ramil is the one. 
Contact him  0997.529.7412 



Our Maculot adventure is MacuLOVE!

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