Mt. Maculot

This first historic climb is an attempt to venture on somewhere new . Nothing’s sweeter than breaking that ice that freezes the hell out of me since I've been caught by the house-work-house-work loop lately. Getting some fresh air from the outskirts is a good way to escape from the ironic monotony and rush brought by the busy elbi life.

Overly fascinated with the thought of this something new, I barely had a good sleep last night, on those wee hours before the climb. Figuratively, the trek has started for me during that night already. Pictures of expectations were hopelessly cascading behind my subconscious. My mind’s been hooked to that thought of climbing a real mountain. Nevertheless, the excitement I wasn't able to contain, gave me hard time to have a good rest. After a nearly zero sleep, I got up at 3 am. We then left our apartment at around four and had our breakfast at a not-so-familiar, or more appropriately, never-before-seen food stall called Jollibee, along Crossing Calamba. After a few rounds of jeepney rides and occasional power naps along the way, we reached Cuenca Batangas, where the mountain of interest calmly sits, eagerly waiting for us. We still had another round of ride before finally reaching the jump-off point.

The sun’s already scorching hot when the actual climb began. Unfortunately, due to poor signs stationed along the way and the miscommunication with the locals who gave the directions, we walked the wrong trail. To cut the long story short, we got lost. And we had to go back to where we’ve started and start all over again.

Thankfully, the second attempt was successful then. The hike went smooth except for the muddy trail that caused long, grungy, slippery walks (because it rained hard nights before that day). Everything else worked out just fine as we went uphill. 

Since several mountaineers and adventure bloggers have a lot of stories already told about this mountain, I'm not going into further details. Just to reiterate, nothing beats catching a breath of fresh air while bringing one’s thoughts to unimaginable miles away. There is that unexplainable feeling up there only a climber knows about. 

After a few hours at the peak spent for lunch break, subtle rest, and photoshoots, plus some more moments at The Rockies, we prepared for the descent.

This whole climbing thing sounds like a good start. As early as now, I wish I could find myself walking more trails pretty soon. Way  more mountains to go, and it's surely more uphill battles soon. Certainly, a certain Miley Cyrus single is making a lot of sense to me already.

Credits: Some of the photos are owned by Paul Lloydson Alvarez.

17 Responses so far.

  1. xoxo_grah says:

    i love that song from Miley...that I think is the only song I love from her...:) The scenes are really great, and the sky photos are really nice and fun...:)


  2. Lala says:

    the climb!! i love that song!! motivating! ang sarap siguro ng feeling na umabot kayo dyan! ang dami na ata ngayon ang nahilig umakyat ng bundok hahaha masubokan ko kaya minsan! hehehee congrats u made it sa toktok ng bundok na yan!!!

  3. uy ginoo! namumundok ka rin! okay to ah! next time magbatulao ka naman. ayos din yun.

  4. Olivr says:

    ^ Sige, isa-suggest ko yan sir.

  5. Inggit ako! nasa list ko 2 pero dapat tlga e prepare ko sarili ng bongga bongga!

  6. Im_Rix says:

    Galing, unang adventure for this year :)

  7. wow...for sure nag enjoy ka sa adventure na ito... kakainggit sana magkaroon ako ng time to climb again...

  8. fiel-kun says:

    Oliver!!! awesome pics you have here. Looks like you guys had fun on your little adventure at Mt. Maculot. Galing! :D

  9. Pao Kun says:

    Di ko pa talaga naranasan ang mag "The Climb"... sabi nila nakakapagod per refreshing daw :)) SO gusto ko din itry one time! :)

  10. MEcoy says:

    parang scene sa isang holliwood fantasy movie ung landscape dyan

  11. denggoy says:

    saya niyan! yung isa ko tropa nagyayaya ng mountain climbing trip. di ko naman kaya yan, puro paakyat! sana merong puro pababa, tapos pag nasa pinakababa na, may elevator paakyat,,lol. =p

  12. congrats to the CLIMB! woot woot!

    refreshing to see something new here ;)

  13. Juicy Jay says:

    That is a great experience bro! Poor me, I still have to climb one of the mountains to feel the experience. I had one before way back in the province but we didn't reach the peak of it. So, I won't consider it as a success. It's always fascinating to see people climb peaks of a mountain. It's a fulfilling experience that one would dare say "he can do anything" or anything is possible". Nice set of photos by the way. I just can't figure out who are you in these photos hehehe!

  14. Anthony says:

    Sana ay makapamundok din ako tulad mo. Ayun sa mga kwentong naririnig ko, kahit pagod daw ay worthy ang pagod dahil napakaganda at napakasarap ng pakiramdam kapag nasa taas na. :)

  15. Ang ganda...., asan ka? Hnd q mkta! Hehe

  16. gord says:

    Apir sa paghike pre! Nice!

  17. nice view... sana ma-experience ko din yung ganyan....:(

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