Sunday, March 1, 2009

rough ride - mt pinatubo

riding on one of the 4x4 wheeler vehicles on the dusty rough terrain was really exciting but driving one will definitely be something i plan to do someday.while on our way to Pinatubo's crater, i again had the chance to ride one of the 4x4 wheeler vehicle. it was my second time to go to Mt. Pinatubo's crater. the last time was back in 2006.not much has change except that the new 4x4 route, which is also called the Skyway, has provided a shorter trekking time than the old drop off point.from Sta Juliana to the Skyway drop off point, where we get to register before entering the Pinatubo area, it took us about an hour and a half ride. it was my first time to take this route. our trekking time from the old drop off point was four hours and using the skyway shortened it by two hours. i'm sure frequent climbers will still prefer the old route as they'll find it more exciting to trek long hours.in our group, we rented five 4x4 vehicles along with the driver and our guides. bloggers Earvin and Allan were with me on vehicle four while Mel, Bryan and Scud were on the other vehicles. we were 24 in the group who are mostly professionals in the information and technology field.what surprised me was the number of foreign tourists, who were also trekking their way to the crater. during my first visit, with us were Koreans but this time most of them were Europeans.looks like more and more foreign tourist gets to discover the beautiful and scenic Pinatubo. [what you shouldn't miss there]>>> the view of the mountain range while driving along the skyway. this view cannot be seen from the long route which only passes along the canal.
[why i should go back] >>> to try to drive a 4x4 there.trip rate:
roadtrip: 4.5
road quality: 3.0
mountain view: 4.0

next post is the trek to the crater lake and the the pinatubo team.

59 comments:

Earvin said...

Bwahahahaha! Super enjoy ako sa trip! NYAKS!

luna miranda said...

wow, exciting terrain! the place looks like a set of some action movie.:D it's definitely good news that local and foreign tourists enjoy Pinatubo.

looking forward to your next post.

Earvin said...

Wina-watermark ko na lang kung pics na sinend niyo po ni Kuya Scud. Hehehe.

Christian Bryan said...

Kuya Dom!

Maraming maraming salamat po sa pagimbita. Bukas nako magupdate ng blog., kaka-upload ko lang ng pics sa multiply....

Sana masundan pa ng maraming trip, shempre maraming picture...

add moko sa multiply

cbryanmac@yahoo.com

thanks, thanks, thanks and God Bless..

Andy Briones said...

This is one place I'm dying to visit!

Fjordan Allego said...

wow! ang saya naman! buti ka pa nga ang gusto mo eh makapagmaneho ng 4x4 vehicle na yan, eh ako hindi pa nakakasakay niyan tsk tsk..

super enjoy yung mga ganyan. Kakatuwa, at hindi lang pala ikaw ang blogger na andun, hanep! astig!

http://fjordz-hiraya.blogspot.com

DepEd Teacher said...

I envy you man, your adventure is amazing.

Hope you take time visiting poor public school. A pair of slippers or paper pad will be a lifetime memory for a poor children in public school.

Regards

Allen Yuarata said...

nagyayaya yung classmate pumunta dito sa summer. any tips kuya? hehe

Reena said...

what! ang aga ko gumising ha. dami na kagad comments. :) i have low chances of being the president nito...sige muse na nga lang.

vote reena for muse! :) (test ko lang kung may makakapansin. )

wow, nice 4x4's! hehe. and syempre nice views. did you count the koreans the last time you were there?

sige, we'll wait for your next post. napaisip nga ako eh. i know na who to bring if i go there!

Antoine Greg said...

the best views are yet to come...!

so excited na...
hahahahhaa

I thank God u guys are OK...

^ ^

halong pirmi Dong...

looks interesting huh, hehehh

Lantaw said...

am bilis mag post! bilib ako sayo bro, walang takot mag labas ng camera kahit super dusty ang road :)

punky said...

sarap naman mag mountain biking dyan!

Carver said...

That looks like quite an adventure. Great scenery shots.

the donG said...

>earvin, enjoy din kami at saya dahil nakasama ka at ang ibang bloggers.

>hi luna, it's really exciting. i think there were already some movies or a television show who chose this place for the shoot.

the tourism in this area is growing but i think it's seasonal because of the danger that it can still cause.

salamat sa pagabang sa mga posts.

>bryan, maraming salamat din sa inyo. ang saya saya tuloy ng grupo. kaya lang hindi ko nga lang kayo masyadong nakasama, laki kasi ng grupo. siguradong mauulit ito.

salamat na add na kita. bilis mo ngang mag upload.

>hi andy, i highly recommend this place.

>fjordz, saya talaga doon. sana makapunta ka din. hindi naman ganun ka layo ito sa manila.

saya nga dahil may mga nakasama din kaming bloggers. kaya saya ng grupo.

>deped teacher, thanks. i will and hopefully youll be able to join.

>allen, astig! kaya lang sana wag na mga bandang april dahil sobrang mainit na. email mo na lang ako sa i.dongho@gmail.com para maipadala ko sayo mga tips.

>hi reena, hahaha... ang kulit. hindi ko nabilang ang mga koreans hindi ko rin ata napansin. wala ding indians.

sana nga makasama ka one time. pero sino naman ang naisip mong isama?

salamat sa pag abang.

>greg, tagal mong nawala ah. salamat sa pag alala. ok naman yung trip dahil maganda yung panahon. sana makapunta ka rin doon.

halong din kayo dyan.

>allan, delikado talaga ang camera kaya yung mga kuha ko yung time na wala masyadong alikabok. at linis din ako ng linis bago i-off.

>punky bertloi, maganda nga doon mag mountain bike. nung nandun kami may nakita kaming grupo.

>carver, it was. hope you get to see this too.

madbong said...

huwaw, sarap ng biyahe. may 4x4 na pala papunta dun

Shionge said...

Oh Wow!! I would love to rough it out too Dong, this is awesome trip!!

REDLAN said...

Great experience talaga. nakita ko yung first visit mo sa Pinatubo. 2 hours sa shortcut, 4 hours kapag long way. Malayo ha. Pero nasasapawan ng excitement. I guess, siguro maraming europeans ang bumibista ngayon kasi as far as I know, mahilig sila sa postcrossing, at ang isa sa mga postcards na pinapadala ng pinoy postcrossers ay postcard ng mt pinatubo. I am looking forward to see more pics especially ang mga kuha sa crater.

SandyCarlson said...

I am struck by the way the mountains look like they are draped over with beautiful green fabric. There is a softness to the landscape that is captivating.

Napaboaniya said...

You're the envy of many having the chance of traveling and doing all this great experiences :)

Luke Wiley said...

Those jeeps are a great way to see the scenery!

EastCoastLife said...

I heard so much about Mt Pinatubo. Finally I get to see it through your eyes. :)

Photo Cache said...

Very exciting trip. That's one of the things I wanna do some day too.

Dylan Dimaubusan said...

Sa tingin ko hindi lang 3 ang road quality.. hahaha!

Isa to sa mga gusto kong bisitahin.

Lawstude said...

wow. yaan pala ang na-miss ko bro. ang saya siguro nyo jan with other bloggers.

next time sasama talaga ko sa inyo.

Marites said...

inggit ako ah. I wanna go there someday, hopefully soon! Kaso lang, my friends don't want to go and it looks like I'll have to do it alone. Sana, sumama nalang ako sa inyo :)

sendzki said...

saya naman!sama niyo ko haha

eliment said...

wow..sarap ng trip nyo. sana pasama minsan! hehe ang ganda ng pinatubo!

Jeanny said...

wish I could eeperience that too. That looks fun!

Happy Monday!

alicesg said...

Wow I wish I could own one of this four wheeler vehicle. But they are not suitable for our roads. Our roads are too lovely and clean for these vehicles...lol. If I own one of these, I would like it to be black in colour and have purple lavender flowers drawn at the doors. :) Do you smell sulpur at the crater? The volcano I visited at Indonesia had a strong smell of sulphur and the reason why there are no snakes around a volcano.

Pietro said...

It's good to enjoy the nice scenery together with the ride on the 4x4. The terrain is thrilling too! Of course the best would be to drive the 4x4 (I like so much to drive!) through those wonderful mountains.

sheng said...

Ay, gusto ko magpunta diyan... really!

MeL said...

Kuya Dong.. si Dang. Haha. Joke lang. Naaliw lang kami ni Ags sa Dong-Dang names. :D

Thank you for the invites to trek with you along with other bloggers. May mga new found friends na kami. Yehey! Haha.

Konti lang ang shots ko from my camera kasi di ako nakapag-charge pala. :( Pero super FUN namana yun trip natin! Sana sa susunod may lakad ulit.. sana may masipag ulit na mag-organize. :D

Have a good day po! :)

Sidney said...

Looks like an exciting adventure... I really need to do this one day !

cyndirellaz said...

looks dangerous kapag nandun ka na mismo, by the pix masasabi ko na naiimagine ko na ang mangyayari sakali mang pumutok ito! pero sa malayo, ang ganda niya tingnan!! ^^

Reena said...

the trip looks rough. so to answer your question, who will i be bringing along? it will be a toss between...

1. a bodyguard with a bouncer physique. :) for safety reasons at para may taga-bitbit ng bags. :) plus para may "muscle cushions" when we hit the bumpy road.

or

2. my gay friend. para may kasama akong nagrereklamo sa init ng araw. :) at para masaya!!!

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog!
Always great to visit your blog, it's so interesting to see your world!!!
greetings from Scandinavia, sarah Sofia

kegler747 said...

Wow! ang ganda ng changing landscapes. Sana makapunta din ako dyan soon :)

Blue Rose said...

aww! bakit ko pinalampas yong invitation mong sumama jan? waahhh!

ganda ng place. i'm so inggit. more pictures please.

the donG said...

>madbong, meron na. matagal na rin yung mga 4x4 sa pinatubo. sana makapaunta ka.

>shionge, it's worth the trip. what's great is it's not yet that expensive.

>redlan, malamang nga. postcrossing is something they enjoy doing at pansin talaga yon. pero sa totoo lang dami ding pwedeng akyatin dyan sa panay kailangan nyo lang mag adventure.

salamat sa paga abang.

>hi sandy, you'll definitely love the trek to the crater.

>hi napaboaniya, they start becoming a traveler already. so soon we'll all just be inspiring one another loving our country.

>luke, that's true!

>hi eastcoastlife, i really hope that you visit the philippines!

>photo cache, i highly recommend this to you knowing that you've seen the many beautiful mountain range there.

>hi dylan, you should go there. i can help you out with some tips if you want.

>lawstude, dami pa namang lakad kaya magkikita rin kayo. hehehe... invite mo rin daw sila sa mga byahe mo.

>hi marites, ok lang nandyan lang naman ang pinatubo. im actually thinking if ill bring another batch there again. ill inform you.

>sendzki, sige invite ka namin next time.

>eliment, we will invite you next time. hopefully maulit.

>jeanny, we will invite you if in case we decide to go there again.

>hi alicesg, hahaha... a 4x4 might actually be redundant there. the crater lake doesnt smell sulphuric anymore maybe because it was already 17years ago when it had its major eruption.

i didnt know that there are no snakes near a crater. that explains why we didnt see much of the wild naimals there.

>pietro, we have the same desire. visit the philippines and let's do that in pinatubo. hehehe...

>hi sheng, yes. i highly recommend pinatubo but it's seasonal so you really have to know the best time.

>hi mel, hindi ko alam na naubusan ka pala ng battery. sana man lang nakapag charge tayo sa chowking.

salamat din sa pagsama at naging mas masaya ang byahe natin doon. hindi ko nga lang kayo masyadong naasikaso dahil sa laki ng grupo pero next time sulitin natin ang pagsasama.

>sidney, maybe you need to do it now as usually summer is really not a good time to go there because of the heat.

>hi cyndirellaz, sa laki ng sabog niya nung 90s malamang matagal pa ulit ito na sasabog ng malakihan. kaya medyo safer talaga pumunta ngayon.

>hi reena, hahaha... ang kulit pa rin. isipin mo may kasama kang bodyguard. tapos may comedian ka pang isasama. hehehe...

>hi sarah, it's a pleasure to see beautiful places like scandinavia thru your blog. thanks too for making time to drop by this blog.

>kegler, punta ka. hindi naman ganun ka layo ito sa manila. kayang kaya mo to.

>bluerose, oo nga. sayang. pero ok lang may next time pa naman siguro.

Rawr Prince said...

nice photos! sana makapunta na rin ako dun.nyahaha

BlogusVox said...

Pweding, pwede pala dyan yung sasakyan ng erpat ko. Lumang Land Cruiser (1979 model) din yun na pinalitan ng diesel engine.

donG, familiar sa akin ang place na to. Parang nakita ko na ito in your other post or some other blog (I can't recall which is which).

Joy said...

Wow, talk about beautiful jeeps! I suppose Mt Pinatubo has become a tourist spot - another wonder of the world. I was there in 1992 and I was amazed at the crater I found.

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Vic said...

wow! what a rough road! dami alikabok! haha! :)
but infairness, ang ganda ng view! :)

Josh of Arabia said...

kainggit ka tlga dong :D mabuti naman at safe ang cam at lenses mo sa ganyang mga rough roads..

whew! as usual mostly foreignjers ang may dala nong mga 4 x 4 ..

ang historical ng site, so green na siya ulit, sana nacover mo rin ung all white lands sya ano?

im xcited na dun sa crater pix mo..

Borneo Falcon said...

Pinatubo sound familiar. Is it once a volcano mountain?

fortuitous faery said...

wow, look at all those trucks ready to rove the lahar landscape! it's a new tourist attraction, eh?

by the way, i still haven't gotten the national geographic issue on china...maybe it got lost in the mail? :(

Dennis Villegas said...

what an adventure! you're very lucky to be trekking these wonderful places!

JM said...

Gorgeous sceneries! It must have been a fantastic adventure!

KRIS JASPER said...

Wow! Ganda ng weather ah!

Nice to know that you had a good time.

joops said...

When Mt. Pinatubo erupted years ago, I was stationed there in the Philippines and we helped shoveling ashes and stuff there.. This post brought back the memory, thanks...I would like to see it again..

chubskulit said...

Hi dong, di pa ako dyan nakakarating, hubby wants to go there and see how it progress since the eruption..

btw, sa Thursday na alis namin papunta dyan sa tin... Kung wala lang akong mga junakis, makikipag eyeball ako sa mga bloggers dyan hehehe..

Ax said...

huwow! hanep sa trip yun!

Raft3r said...

cant wait for the next post
i have been meaning to go there pero wala talagang time, eh
considering malapit yan sa probinsya ni ermats
hehe

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Wow! Tourist spot na pala diyan. :)
Ang ganda ng mga pictures. Awesome!
Haay, March na... I want to say I survive. :)

Heart of Rachel said...

Great photos! I could just imagine how bumpy the ride was. I'm sure the scenic views overly compensates the rough ride you experienced.

NicoV said...

thanks sa adventure trip na 'to kuya dong. ibang klaseng trip to than the usual.
with this trip.. gained new friends.

sa uulitin..

brotherutoy said...

wow, daan pa lang eh adventure-filled na! those pyroclastic rocks can really wear out the car tires, talagang dapat eh pangharabas ang mga sasakyan nyo dyan.

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Dee Quixotic said...

sir, napadpad na naman ako sa site niyo, naghahanap kasi ako ng write up about the Delta 5 trail. Wala pa ako mahanap.

btw, possible na magdrive ng 4x4 ang tourist?

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