Tuesday, April 29, 2008

hiking gulugod

the last time we climbed Mt. Gulugod or popularly known as Gulugod Baboy was when we organized a fun climb for single professionals. Gulugod Baboy stands for the word "pig spine".ever since i climbed this mountain, i always remember its greeny hills. although it's not always this green since i also had the chance to see it during summer. that was years back where the grass are not as green as this. Gulugod Baboy is a popular site for fun climbs since it does not require much experience to hike to its peak. but as for me, i still prepare myself on every climb no matter how easy the hike is. jogging and some push-ups at least a week before the hike helps a lot. Gulugod Baboy is located on the hills of Mabini in Batangas. Philpan Resort in Anilao is the assembly point which is about two to three-hour drive from Manila.it usually takes about an hour and a half to hike it and for experienced climbers maybe even less. the trail is not that steep but you will be passing by bushes but the challenge is still the heat but not as hot as climbing Mt. Pinatubo. there are some stopovers along the way which are houses of the people living in this area. people are already used to seeing climbers and are willing to give water if in case you run out of it.when you reach the base camp, you will see the two hilly peaks one is that of Mt. Gulugod while the other is that of Mt. Pinagbanderahan. you can see from the top, you will see Balayan bay on one side and the Batangas City and its pier on the other side. you can also see the islands of Maricaban and Sombrero of Anilao.Mt. Gulugod is also known as a playground of adventure because it also has a wide flat space where common activities can be held. it can also occupy large number of campers although we don't recommend that to protect the mountain's resources. another common experience that regular campers await is the sunrise and the sunset in the Balayan bay side. by night, you will be delighted by the city lights of Batangas. the photo below was taken at around 5:35am. we were astonished by its color blend telling us that it is really worth waking up this early. since i am still dedicating this post to "tribute earth", let's not forget to be reminded of the mountaineering creed "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time". let every climb be an opportunity to have a cleanup of the area. you can do simple acts like picking up trash along the trail even if it does not belong to you or to your group. then make sure that every climber will be responsible enough to respect and protect nature.

31 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

That's beautiful country to hike in. Love the long twisty line of hikers -:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments -:)

tutubi philippines said...

i miss hiking/trekking :(

mirage2g said...

Dong, join Sky watch Friday, this sky shots are worth posting there! especially the red one!

Akelamalu said...

What fabulous views! I don't hike, but wish I did after seeing those.

quintarantino said...

Gee ... these are great views!

Abou said...

super galing!

KRIS JASPER said...

galing talaga ng mga pics.

green na green.

Dakilang Islander said...

sarap maghiking sa ganun green na green...

i-add kita sa blogroll ko ha

the donG said...

thanks chuck. you'll it even more when you're there.

hi tutubi, we can invite you on our next hike.

hi gizelle, i'll try. thanks for inviting.

malu, you need to try hiking. there's a lot to see when you're there.

quintarantino, you'll it even more when you're there. thanks!

abou, astig talaga dun.

jasper, ganyan ka green pag mga around June ang akyat. ganda talaga dun.

dakilang islander, enjoy talaga. thanks i'll add you on my blogroll too.

Napaboaniya said...

I've always wondered if I'll be able to climb up those mountains/hills and making it down alive!! :P
Those are beautiful shots you've taken, especially the ones on sunrise and sunset :)

Dra. Rio said...

tagal ko ng pangarap umakyat ng bundok kaso ayaw naman ako isama ng cousin ko nung umakyat sila ng mt.apo sa davao baka hindi ko daw kasi kayanin ang maglakad ng ilang kilometro ..nakakainggit ka tlga dong..gusto ko ding magpakuha ng pictures sa taas ng bundok lalo na kapag sunset..sobrang ganda kasi e=)

nice pics!!=)

Heart of Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures. Reaching the peak of the mountain must be very rewarding. Watching the sun rise and set from the top must be a great experience.

the donG said...

napaboaniya, of course you can make it. there are many women climbers. mt. Gulugod might be best for you to start.

dra. rio, yes. medyo challenging na rin kasi ang mt. apo kasi mahaba ang trail. you can start with mt. gulugod. maganda talaga ang experience sa taas ng bundok.

rachel, yes. it is rewarding and relaxing when you reach the peak. when you are at the peak you can view both sunrise and sunset and having your friends and making new friends is the best reward.

Luke said...

looks like a spectacular area!, I love the sunset!

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

All those photos are so beautiful, especially the one of the sunrise.

Your blog is such a great place for me to escape. I am going to make sure I visit often.

eastcoastlife said...

This looks like a scenic climb and doesn't look that tough. I have encounter mountains that are too treacherous to ascend.

I'm not in any notorious trades, I'm an honest businesswoman in the Education industry. Surprise huh. :)

the donG said...

luke, sunset from that view was really spectacular. thanks.

karen, thank you very much. let's keep in touch.

eclife, yes. this is one of the best mountains here in the Philippines for a fun climb. it's good to know people like you who enjoys climbing.

acey said...

beautiful!!!! so green, so... beautiful!

i like the new blog theme, kuya dong!

rayts said...

oh my, ang ganda naman dito, Dong. ang tagal ko ng di umaakyat ng bundok. last kong naakyat ay Ampacao sa Sagada. asus. i am savoring the photos, ganda ng kulay at contrast. naranasan mo ng sumigaw sa tuktok ng bundok? hehe. gandang thrill.

ifoundme said...

wow! kakainggit! and the pictures are fantastic. galing!

SandyCarlson said...

I want to touch the clouds in that second picture of this mountain with a very creative name! Thanks for sharing this!

the donG said...

acey, thanks. the blog theme is tribute earth and sadly it will end today. there will be a new theme tomorrow.

rayts, hindi ko pa na try yon. siguro pag nasa echo valley na ako. hehehe... thanks!

ifoundme, you can join fun climbs.

sandy, you can do that early morning when the fog is visible.

Patricia said...

Very beautiful photographs. I loved reading about the homes that offer water/hospitality along the way. Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging comments you leave at the creek. God truly is good to me! Blessings!

rara said...

nice place. dapat maexperience mo rin ang hiking dito sa nothern part ng pinas. thanks for dropping by my blog last time. and keep blogging always!

lagal[og] said...

to echo tutubi, i miss climbing. but it's a good thing i get to trek every now and then. it's always worthwhile waking up at 5 in the morning up in the boondocks and watching the spectacle unfold. i guess it's really like a very holy hour when most of humanity is asleep and it's just you and your Creator communing without words. i'm not a morning person in the city but i wake ahead of the roosters when i'm in the boondocks :-B

the donG said...

hi patricia, yes. most pinoy are really hospitable. it's really good to see you posting here as you just recovered from an illness. keep in touch.

hi rara, what mountains do you suggest in the North? i might consider visiting it soon.

oggie bro, i absolutely agree. kahit puyat pero iba talaga ang dating ng sunrise sa boondocks. climbers will always be climbers. hehehe...

estan said...

GB is a good break from time to time. madali lang akyatin at malapit. Tried climbing once and its fun.

I have a short photo series on this: http://flickr.com/photos/estan/tags/gulugodbaboy/

dodong flores said...

Wow! Those are lovely photos of green...

I wish I can join with some fun climb. I really love to but didn't have the opportunity yet...

the donG said...

estan, i just checked your flickr photos of Gulugod Baboy. I really like the first photo. i like the sky with a really green view of the peak.

thanks for sharing.

dodong, thanks. we will invite you on our next climb.

monsoon-dreams said...

wow!just breathtaking!!!

Dana-Debbie said...

wow! beautiful photos! beautiful views!!!

btw,thank u for visiting my blog and for your comment. :)

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