MOUNT MACULOT is where I celebrated my 31st Birthday
that's not me--that's my wife......
HOW TO GET THERE
Before I get too cocky with our photos on top of the mountain,let me recall the climb first. We left Alabang at around 8:30pm Saturday. We made a couple of stops since there's no more bus bound Lemery Batangas. LIPA was the first stop where we shopped for a few goods at the 7/11 convenience store there. We boarded the jeepney to Cuenca which is 24 pesos away from Lipa. We got to Cuenca past 11pm boarded the tricycle to the jump-off for 20pesos each then off we go.
THE NIGHT TREK
Some people said it's a 3 hour climb. ART, the leader of our group, that we can have it for an hour or two---even 45 minutes if we are fast.Wow!!. MOUNT MACULOT is around 800feet high according to ART so I guess it's not too high.What I didn't expect was that the climb is a continues ascend. I thought we would go zigzag of some sort but it was more of a continuous vertical climb.
It was already 1am when we got to the campsite.It was packed with other hikers so we had to walk further to find a spot where we can set up our tents.It was windy that night but putting up the tent was such a breeze.My wife is a girl scout coordinator in Mandaluyong so she was the one teaching me how to do it.haha
When all was set, we unpacked our food and started gathering together. We chatted until 4am over alcohol then napped for 2 hours in time for the sunrise.
WOKE UP WITH THE VIEW OF THE CAMPSITE.............
Your climb to MOUNT MACULOT will never be complete without climbing THE ROCKIES.It's not the peak but another section of the mountain on the western side allowing you to have a good view of the sorrounding plains and TAAL LAKE. This one caught me by surprise. I never anticipated it could be damn beautiful up there in the ROCKES.
ON THE WAY TO THE ROCKIES.....
One major highlights of our climb in the Rockies was the proposal of jessie to his girlfriend Sheila. Everybody was busy when Jessie suddenly made a scene.hahaha. So we were like what??????speechless. It took a few seconds to sink. Then everybody was cheering for them.Sweet!!!!!Congratulations to both of you!!!!
We had a quick breakfast and packed up at around 9:30am ready for the hike down.The group thought the earlier would be better so it would not be too hot. 90% of the route is dotted by trees so it was easy but it still helps if you don't hike when the day is not at its hottest.
It was during the hike down when we realized the route we took the night before. Mount Maculot is a feast to the eyes.It's clean and the tress are untouched.I love this mountain!!!!!
Wanna say thank you to these awesome guys for making our first hike safe and memorable. Mga walang issues and arte sa katawan tong mga to so I was infected. Back there in Maculot, I was the accepting and walang arteng Antonio that I was before.Kaya naman palang matulog sa bed rolls eh. It was fun.
Ei guys, Mt. Batualao will be enxt ayt? Looking forward to the climb with you again. Be dure to add me in facebook so I can tag your pics and also in twitter if you have one---
No turning back the hands of time.....
me @31 years old :)
PS: Thanks pala sa co-worker nila Jessie and Art who invited us over for lunch pagbaba namin ng bundok.Di masyadong naghanda si kuya, parang pyesta lang sa dami ng food. God Bless you kuya!!!:)
more info on Mt. Maculot from the website
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