Midyear Mountain Madness: Tarak Ridge – 09/22-23/2012


(To keep the sequence in their proper chronological order, I should really be blogging about my Taiwan trip right now. But since I’ve been writing about mountains for the past few entries, I thought I’d stay on that trend and write about another climb that happened in the middle of the year. And besides, I haven’t yet decided how I’d blog about my Taiwan trip so allow me to dilly-dally a bit while I’m taking some ideas into consideration.)

Like the past 3 mountains I’ve been to, this climb to Tarak Ridge in Bataan was unplanned.  The way we in HLGG schedule our minor climbs is like this: Continue reading


Midyear Mountain Madness: Mt. Sembrano – 06/23/2012

I was in third year high school when I first climbed a mountain.  It was located in the town of Jalajala, Rizal.  Our section had an outreach/exposure activity among the fisher folk of that town and as an extra assignment, our math teacher tasked us to measure the height of a nearby mountain using a length of rope and a meter stick.  I don’t remember the locals ever mentioning the name of that mountain, and frankly I didn’t really care.  I had no idea that almost 2 decades later, I would take mountain climbing as a hobby. Continue reading

Midyear Mountain Madness: Mt. Arayat – 05/06/2012

(Photo courtesy of Vernz Fabroa)

I’m typing this entry in probably the worst manner of cramming on this side of blogging.  The year has almost ended yet I’m writing about an event that isn’t even past the midpoint of the year.  Meanwhile, there are 3 more mountains, 4 provinces and 1 overseas trip that I would still have to write an entry each about that I would need to skim through when I come up with a year-ender entry. Continue reading

Midyear Mountain Madness: Mt. Cristobal – 04/29/2012

(Photo courtesy of Vernz Fabroa)

Located between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, Mt. Cristobal has perhaps an undeserved reputation of being the “Devil’s Mountain”.  Supposedly this differentiates it from the neighboring Mt. Banahaw, which is reputedly a sacred mountain to the many local cults inhabiting the environs of both mountains.  As it became apparent to me later on, Mt. Cristobal turned out to be a pleasantly charming mountain, and quite possibly my new favorite day hike destination. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Penitencia sa Mt. Iglit (ikalawang yugto)

Viernes Santo na.  Gumising kami ng mga 4am para makapag-almusal at makapag-handa sa aming summit assault sa Mt. Iglit.  Hindi pa malamig nang natulog kami nung nakaraang gabi, pero sa oras ng pag-gising namin ay maginaw na.  Ang una kong ginawa ay nagbihis sa loob ng tent ko ng pang-akyat ng bundok.  At dahil malapit nang mamatay ang baterya ng flashlight ko, yung BlackBerry na lang ang ginamit kong ilaw. Continue reading

Holy Week 2012: Penitencia sa Mt. Iglit (unang yugto)

(photo courtesy of Herbert Lapuz)

Para maiba naman, magta-Tagalog ako dito sa Mt. Iglit series dahil ilang beses ko nang iniisip kung paano ko ikukwento ito …at ang pakiramdam ko, parang walang dating yung lahat ng pinagdaanan ko sa putaragis napakahirap na bundok na ito kung magi-English ako.  Oo nga pala, lahat ng litrato dito ay hindi sa akin.  Puro video ang kinunan ko dahil  mas madaling ilabas yung BlackBerry nung araw na iyon. Yung DSLR kasi masyadong mabusisi. Continue reading

Preview: Midyear Mountain Madness

Starting from the Holy Week up until a few weekends ago, my out-of-town trips consisted almost entirely of mountain climbs with HLGG.  In two of those trips, I broke my no-jumpshots vow because – okay, I’ll admit it – it can be fun.

But If I’m going to belatedly jump in the bandwagon, I thought I’d contribute my own style.  So here are a few .gif files of our jumpshots.  (Edited to add: looking at these .gif files, I think I just successfully combined planking and jumpshots.)


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Preview: The Trail to Mt. Iglit

For my 2012 Holy Week trip, I once again joined my HLGG friends on a mountaineering/outreach activity, this time in Occidental Mindoro.  The first phase of the trip was a gift-giving activity of school supplies and flip-flops for Mangyan schoolchildren.  The Mangyan settlement area is located in Sitio Tamisan, and this in turn is located within the much larger Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park.

To get to Sitio Tamisan, we had to endure a 45-minute trek on rolling terrain under the blazing sun.

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First Trip of 2012: Mt. Batulao (again)

(photo courtesy of Karen Reyes)

Yes, I am blogging about an event 5 months after it had occurred. I’m the type of travel blogger who is both excruciatingly slow and places importance on as many details as possible.  (Another valid excuse – I have a job.)

After the understandably detail-heavy Vietnam-Cambodia series, this next entry on Mt. Batulao is light in comparison.  I’ve already blogged about this mountain a few times before, so there’s really no need to restate what details I’ve already shared. Continue reading