Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hiking Adventures #3: Mt. Gulugod Baboy - Perfect Climb for First Timers

It was almost 2 months ago since our last climb, that's why I can't hide my excitement on this next adventure. We planned this for the last climb of Edmund Milanes as Philweb employee. We choose a mountain where we can just chill at night to celebrate Edmund's farewell. The original plan was to climb Mt. Tibig, but staying overnight at the top was temporarily prohibited. So we shifted to Mt. Gulugod Baboy (pig spine).

Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Mt. Gulugod Baboy 

Mt. Gulugod Baboy is located at Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. The mountain's difficulty is only 2/9 with trail class of 1-3. The mountain called Gulugod Baboy because the peaks looks like pig's spine as seen from Janao Bay. There are 3 peaks at the top, and from the top you can see the stunning view of Balayan Bay and Batangas Bay at the other side. Some hikers said according to their blog, that Mt. Gulugod Baboy is a perfect climb for beginners or first-timers. Exactly, I invited my friend, Irene Endaya to be part of this climb for her first ever hiking adventure.

From Manila, we rent a van that would bring us in Mabini, but there are alternative ways on how you can get to Mabini (visit this blog). Good thing that we decided to rent a van because we were relax and hassle-free while heading to Mabini. I got even more excited when I saw the Balayan bay from the van, were all like.. Woooow!! The bay was peaceful and quite. I daydreamed about living near the bay and waking up with the stunning view.

Balayan Bay
Balayan Bay


The weather was on our favor that day. We're with Mr. Sun during the climb and it was too hot. We started to trek at around 2:30pm. I wore my sleeves to protect my arms and scarf for my neck. The hardest part was the initial part which is the uphill concrete road. Irene got so tired and had a hard time to catch her breathe. So we took a rest in benches made from bamboo along the concrete way. I thought Irene couldn't make it to the top, but she said, she can. To help her, I brought her bag for her to walk at ease until we reached the easy trail. We continued until we reached the house selling ice candy. All of us bought ice candies and decided to rest again near the easy trail. I just learned that ice candy brings so much relief for sunny hiking.


The Hardest Part - The Concrete Uphill
The Hardest Part - The Concrete Uphill

The go or no go point
The go or no go point


Groupie after the hard trail
Groupie after the hard trail
Along the Trail
Along the Trail

There are houses along the trail. Some of those houses are selling soft drinks and provide benches for the hikers. After 3 hours, we reached the top and we were so stunned with the view, it was scenically beautiful. We watched the sunset and took a lot of photos before we seek for a camp spot. We quickly pitched the tents and some of us cooked for our dinner. Our menu for our dinner was Chicken&Pork Adobo and Spicy Boneless Bangus.

Groupie while getting rest
Groupie while getting rest
Stunning Sunset at Mt. Gulugod Baboy
That was my first time to appreciate the beauty of a sunset. I was really amazed.

The Master Chef - Edmund Milanes
The Master Chef - Edmund Milanes
While cooking


After the dinner, we started the socials. We first opened the Emperador Light to start up the socials. Someone from other group, joined us in our socials and played the guitar of Sir Aldrin that made the night more merrier. He seems to be an expert mountaineer. According to him, he climb every week together with his group. When all the liquors got empty, lights out.

Good Morning!!

We woke up before the sunrise to watch a new beginning, and as usual, we took photos again. Since we decided to have a side trip at Sumbrero Island, we didn't cook for our breakfast, instead cook it at the island. We unpitched our tents and packed our things then started to descend. The view was so peacefully nice and very relaxing. The hills was so green and the bay was so blue, I was like in Batanes on that moment.


At Peak 3 of Mt. Gulugod Baboy
At Peak 3 of Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Sunrise at Mt. Gulugod Baboy with the friendly Cow
Sunrise at Mt. Gulugod Baboy with the friendly Cow
Love birds watching the Sunrise (Mikko & Lac)
Love birds watching the Sunrise (Mikko & Lac)
The Lovely Girls of the Group
The Lovely Girls of the Group (Lac, Irene, Cindy)

Descent headed by Edmund Milanes
After we reached the jump-off, we asked assistance for the barangay officials on how we can get a boat heading to Sumbrero Island. Afterwards, they suggested to try Oscar Island, where the cottage and the entrance are not too expensive unlike Sumbrero Island. But we have to pay additional 200 for the boat. So we decided to visit Oscar Island instead of Sumbrero Island, and the Island Hopping activity begins.


To the beach

THE PARTICIPANTS
The Participants
From left to right: Aldrin Valentona, Cindy Ferrer, Mark Kenneth Esguerra (Me), Lac Guillermo, Butch Carpio, Edmund Milanes, JM Llante
Front:  Mikko Dapula

Photos By:
Aldrin Valentona
Cindy Ferrer

MT. GULUGOD BABOY (525+)
Mabini, Batangas
Difficulty: 2/9
Trail Class: 1-3

OUR ITINERARY

Day 1
1000    ETD Manila
1300    ETA Anilao, Mabini. Lunch
1430    Start Trek
1700    ETA Camp Site
2000    Dinner
2100    Socials
2230    Lights out

Day 2
0500    Wake up. Wait for sunrise
0600     Prepare for descent
0800     Start descent
1000     ETA jump-off

Option 1: Go home
Option 2: Sumbrero Island
Option 3: Oscar Island

1 comment:

  1. Nice Blog.. Anyway, question: do you need a tour guide for that trail? or you can just go without tour guide? thanks

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