Monday, April 4, 2011

to ten years of trekking - batulao peak

looking back at the years of trekking, i remember the time when i first joined a trek to Mt. Manunggal in Cebu only to be part of the team activity. not knowing that it was the very climb that led me to love the mountains, the trek and the camaraderie.
this year, i celebrate ten years after that first trek with the goal to trek ten mountains until the year ends. starting with the beautiful peaks of Batulao in Batangas. it is best for day hikes and night treks. a two and a half hour bus trip from Manila and another two hours trekking leads one to peak eight through the new trail.
Batulao may only be at a height of 811meters but the multiple ascend and descend can be exhausting to those who are not used to trekking. passing by some nipa huts serving coconut juice, was refreshing.steep ravines, extreme weather conditions, wild animals and careless actions can lead to accidents. i remembered my trek to Makiling as we did a day hike under a sunny day but on our way down, rain poured and i ended the trek with an injured ankle half way down. even worst, a week after our trek, Dr. Rimando Pimentel died from a fall from one of Mt. Makiling's ravine. risk is always there. as Doc Jun Sobremisana, a friend and an experienced climber would always say "never underestimate a mountain". i first joined him in trekking Pinatubo, it was those times when we still had to access the old canal route to the crater. requiring four hours of trek under the sun and the view point of the crater lake was still open for overnight camping. by night, we had to be vigilant from the wild cats.
soon after that, we started organizing fun climbs. it was when we meet familiar faces on every trek somehow wondering if we have few accessible mountains in the country or we were just trekking that often.i may not even be close to the likes of Romeo Garduce, as i never tried trekking outside the country or may not forever be trekking like the famous Fred Beckey, i am quite sure that i'll never cease to love the mountains as much as i love the beach.the trail to Batulao's camel back and rocky peaks reminded me of how amazing nature can be. ten years after my first trek. i am still fascinated with mountains. still trekking. still enjoying the camaraderie.dedicating this post to the friends who i trekked with in the past years, the people who i met along, and above all to the God behind each mountain splendor.

how to get there:
take a bus to Nasugbu and tell the bus inspector to drop you at the entrance of Evercrest Hotel. from there you can either start walking to the peak or take a tricycle to the village drop off which will shorten a bit of the trek. from there, you start trekking the ascend choosing either the old trail or the new trail. i recommend the new trail for the great view but you can do both setting one route for ascend and another route to descend.

note: take at least someone who has experience in trekking Batulao or a guide from the drop off point. there are no official guides but many locals are open or are usually doing it (specially on weekends).

location:
island: Luzon
province: Batangas


GPS location:
14^ 02" 24' N
120^ 48" 09' E

36 comments:

HalfCrazy said...

Wow, great place! I just came from Nueva Ecija, trekked our way to a beautiful spot not a lot of people have ever seen before. If you have time, check it out on my blog.

It's good to know na may mga nagtitinda sa lugar na yan. Usually kasi sa mga ganyan, tipong isa lang yung tindahan.

If I have the resources, I want to join these fun climbs as I can be really adventurous. Yeah there are a lot of hard times in trekking but after reaching a peak or a place that is untouched by industrialization, the experience proves to be extremely rewarding.

Thanks for telling how to get there.

Photo Cache said...

the view from the mountaintop is nonpareil. here's to more years of trekking and enjoyment.

gillboard said...

i've been saying this a lot, but it's true... the places you've been to... breathtaking.

sheng said...

OMG, I love that. I would love to try trekking this summer. I am actually trying to think of something worthy to try this summer. Ano kaya pwede sa kids?

sheng said...

OMG, I love that. I would love to try trekking this summer. I am actually trying to think of something worthy to try this summer. Ano kaya pwede sa kids?

Theonoski said...

Mt. Batulao is definitely a good choice for first time trekkers like me. The view from the summit is awesome (while drinking mountain dew lol). Would love to go back there again this summer

alicesg said...

Good to travel and explore when you are young. If I am younger and have stronger legs, I would trek like you. Now I am just glad that I can still travel while I can with my weak knees. :( Am now blogging in my travel blog. http://alicetravelstory.blogspot.com/

Pinoy Adventurista said...

Mt Batulao is one of my favorites! the best ang view talaga... been there through the old trail.. soon i'll try the new trail travesing to the new trail.

Been climbing for almost 2 years now and I also enjoyed it and realized my love for mountains and doing outdoor activities...

Congratulations Sir! See you sa trail... =D

Reena said...

wow. yehey!!! salamat sa post na ito. sige me and my friends will have to organize this trip. :D may next posts ba pa about mt batulao? pwede bang daytrip lang? wala akong camping gear, parang ndi ko kaya mag camp. san maliligo??? hehe. salamat parin...

Archie said...

Ayun oh! sundan na yan! siyam pa, mabilis lang matapos ang taon. hehehe... at sama ako sa susunod!

Chyng said...

whoa, this is the most inviting mountain trekking blog entry I ever saw. ang husay. ganda ng angles and every detail.

im always a fan. =)

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

shit na malangkit ang ganda ng view ng mountain paggabi...
sana makasama ako minsan kaso kailangan pa mag ipon baka sa materials sa camping heheh

Traveling Hawk said...

Very nice post dong ho. I did a lot of trekking in my youth too. Those are good memories. I like your photos and especially those in which I see the tents on the road.

SkippyHeart said...

wow, the majestic beauty of the mountains! I wish I could go trekking, too. Great shots as always, dom. :-)

dong ho said...

>Halfcrazy, i just saw your post. i remember a friend actually invited us there but with weekends in summer almost full... i might not be able to go there. but let me see. here's to hoping some sunny weekend during the rainy season. fingers crossed.

reaching the peak is indeed rewarding. there's just one that i didnt find exciting. mt makiling. not much view from the summit.

>Photo Cache, thanks!

>Gillboard, places i believe you might consider going too.

>Hi Sheng, for sure there beautiful hills around socsargen. i recommend lake sebu not unless they already did it.

>Theonoski, di ko napansin na mountain dew pala binaon mo dun. lol.

>Hi Alicesg, i believe ill be doing this for life. i think it's just that there's not much to hike around Sing. just dropped by your post. beautiful Penang.

>Pinoy Adventurista, nice. probably the same appreciation im having for the mountains. try the new trail, it has great scenic view of the camel back sites. see you along the trail.

>Hi Reena, wala ng post. yes you can do it on a day hike just start early. believe it or not, we even met along the way a 60year old man trekking on his way down while we were on our way up. he did a day hike. amazing!

>Archie, oo dami dami pa sa taon na ito. invite kita sa dream trek ko.

>Hi Chyng, maraming salamat. kakatuwa naman marinig to sa isang tulad mo. hehehe...

>Axl, that's not necessary. you can join fun climbs who even share their tents for guests. if you only knew, trekking isn't really expensive. specially those within the areas of Batangas, Quezon and Cavite.

>Traveling Hawk, that's nice to know. at least you know the experience. you know the rewards.

>Skippyheart, i wish i can at one time trek the mountains of yosemite. that's in my bucket list.

beero said...

this is my kind of adventure kuya dong! i felt bad when i wasn't able to join my friend for a trek last march 5-6 because of another event. batulao is next to his list. hope i could join him next time. hope i could also get an invitation from you. hehe :D

Bengbeng said...

may not even be close to the likes of Romeo Garduce but in my eyes u r quite a somebody to b able to do all these treks,

asiong32 said...

astig!

SandyCarlson said...

Your adventures have opened my eyes to a wonderful world. Thank you so very much.

rob said...

.. breathtaking! i wish i could do trekking someday, kahit minsan lang.

Allen said...

Parang nakakatakot naman yung peak, parang anytime pwede kang mahulog at madedo. haha.

as usual, out of this world na naman ang escapades mo sir dong. (did i even make any sense? lmao)

Rizalenio said...

The best, Idol. I've joined our mountaineers na din sa office, sila ang mga masasarap kasama. Laging game sa adventure at madaming kwento.

I always wanted to be a mountaineer. Lalo nung makasama ako sa kanila first time. Yung last time na panik ko lang with them, nahirapan ako sa pag akyat at pagbaba. Hahahaha.

Looking forward pa din ako sa pagsama sa kanila at sa pagpanik sa bndok.

Happy 10th year sa pamumundok mo.

pusang kalye said...

I am yet to conquer my first mountain. I am willing to give up my kaartehan this year and finally do a real trek with camping involve.goal ko itong batulao na to!!!!ganda!!!

docgelo said...

here's to more peak to conquer! congratz dom for your having your passion.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

great set of pics Dong. How about Mt. Apo, is it on your list?

Pietro said...

Thanks so much for sharing this adventure! The mountain tops are enchanting, nice place, wonderful views.

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kill3rfill3r said...

Ganda talaga ng mga kuha nyo sir! Isa sa mga pinaka-fun climb na naakyat ko na bundok tong Batulao (Bato sa Ilao). Hassle lang talaga kapag umulan. Old trail ba to or new trail?

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

coolness! asteeg ka tlga! cheers to more adventures! never cease exploring! =)

hoy Dominic, ikaw tlga, yaya ka ng yaya ng lakad kung kelan wala ako,hmmp! ay mali pala, niyaya mu si Chyng pero d mu ako niyaya.tse! ayoko na ke jelly ace, my bago na akong crAsh! haha

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

coolness! asteeg ka tlga! cheers to more adventures! never cease exploring! =)

hoy Dominic, ikaw tlga, yaya ka ng yaya ng lakad kung kelan wala ako,hmmp! ay mali pala, niyaya mu si Chyng pero d mu ako niyaya.tse! ayoko na ke jelly ace, my bago na akong crAsh! haha

Phiilippines said...

Grabe ang ganda ng tuktok ng Butalao. I never knew sites like this one ever existed in the Philippines. I wish I could trek with you guys and buy me gadgets for trekking.

nuts said...

me nabasa na ko na post about Batulao Peak pero di ko na matandaan saan site. Ang galing ng mga shots mo talaga, and you're even making it great as years go by.. hehe. now for sure, maalala ko na ang Butalao, sa post ng Eskapo!

Sendo said...

akoy napapa-wow! akoy napapa-oooh! wow wow wow wow wow. T_T bakit ba hindi ako makapaglakbay ng tulad mo hehe ..covet covet covet hehe...

really great shots!

Jenn said...

Love Batulao. I never reached the summit because I got scared. What you said about never underestimating a mountain is so true. if I feel uncomfortable already, I'll stop. Better safe than sorry. But I was satisfied at where we stopped. Looking at you photos... we missed quite a few scenes still though. So thanks for finishing my trek for me. Heehee!

I too learned to love the mountains some 15 years ago when I first trekked up Maculot. The rockies were incredible and the feeling of accomplishment was awesome!

Here's to more years of trekking!!!

Raft3r said...

10 mountains in 12 months
great plan, dong!
masaya yan

happysole said...

ang ganda! tanung ko lang po, gaano po kahirap ang trek paakyat sa peak? how many hours will the hike take? pwede po ba to sa isang begginner? (note: the hardest trek i did was in Hungduan (Ifugao), Batad (Banaue), and Bomod-ok Falls (Sagada). thanks in advance!

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