Manabu Climb


My love for the outdoors is bringing itself to the next level. The quarter hasn't been ended yet (as of the day we did this climb, February 16, 2013) but we've already gunned for the fourth mountain already. As a consequence of missing the Manabu (abbrev. for Mataas na Bundok in Sto. Tomas Batangas) hike, I, with a climbmate spent the third weekend of Feb to make up for the missed climb. Manabu is part of the Malipunyo range (beside Malipunyo peak and Susong-dalaga). It's gifted with a straightforward trail, mild terrain, and a level-up peak view instantly gaining my love and admiration. plus, bonus points for the good weather that day. The going was pretty good, with no major crux, obstacles or other tricky parts, thus, a good hiking site for new hikers (like us).

It was a perfect day as we set out. Though, I think this was the most tiring climb I had, compared to the four previous ones so far: Mt. Maculot, Pico De Loro, Mt.Kalisungan, and that hill near the campus. One compelling reason for this is the fact that we finished the supposed 2-hour trek in less than an hour by skipping the mandatory takes (rests/breaks) as we went up. We had minimal stopovers all throughout. Furthermore, the easy climb turned out hard mainly due to its coincidence with the UPLB's Feb Fair week, a season made to keep elbi people awake for the whole week (in my case, at least). True enough, I barely had sleep the previous night. There’s nothing much to say about the trail as everything went in a flash all the way to the summit. 

However, the peak was a good site to see Mt. Maculot, Mt. Makiling, and the Malipunyo range, of course. These peaks are cool to see and we felt privileged for having the chance to see them straight from the Manabu peak. As per drill at any summit, I made sure to savor the moment before descending. My concerns on how the climb might go, given that my eyes were drooping during most parts of the trek, all faded away. I was relieved by the fact that we get there safe and sound. Here are photos of the nearby peaks I was talking about earlier.

It's nearing 12nn already when we took our usual, favorite lunch (take-out from Jollibee Turbina). After the meal, we traversed to visit the grotto where we were able to have a long chat (about some mountaineering stuff) with some fellow hikers. I was actually amazed and inspired with their rich experiences and their passion of the sports. Before reaching back to the base point of the mountain, we fulfilled the unnoted buko juice drinking ritual. We may haven't noticed but we always get to taste the buko juice offered from each of the mountains we're climbing. That was very timely because I badly needed some refresher at that time, after a bad-belly-encounter just a few moments ago. The Jollibee lunch was good, but they all turned.. poooof.. koko krunch along the way. 

After this climb, I realized a few things. Through climbing, I see, more than the world, but the idea of simplicity, harmonious, and worthy living--which basically, is what I need. Or so put it, I just wanted to be where my thoughts drives me--because it's that simple and harmonious living I deeply, currently long for.

21 Responses so far.

  1. 1. Busy daw o. Pero nakarami na ng bundok.

    2. Partida ang pag akyat ng bundok. Galing Feb Fair. May suicidal tendency?

    3. Naiinggit ako. Sobra. Di kaya ng isked ko maglagalag ngayon.

    4. Natawa ako sa plugging ng Jobi Turbina.

    5. Sandali, bakit gagawing pribado ang mga napagmuni-munihan sa bundok? Dapat yan binabahagi! :P

  2. Olivr says:

    Ser, medyo nakasanayan na nga na sabaw lagi pag umaakyat ng bundok. Masaya umakyat ser, try mo minsan. :)

  3. Nakadalawa ako last year. Pero hanggang dun yun. Nakailang pagtanggi na ako sa Mt. Apo last year at this year. Hindi kaya ng iskedyul. At budget.

  4. Olivr says:

    Mahal nga daw ser, pero pag mas maraming kasama, mas mura daw.

  5. Juicy Jay says:

    Wow, the mountain photos attracted me to climb too. Not for the reason of hiking as a great thing but for the opportunity to take panoramic photos.

    With your post all about your climbing escapades, I guess few more of it I will eventually join the climbing too. LoLs.

    But before doing that I need to shape up a bit. Had been bulky for the past year due to heavy lamon hehehe.

    As always your post is a joy to read.

  6. Olivr says:

    Yes po. The views up there are excellent subjects. Konting takbo lang katapat nyan ser, pde na. haha

  7. xoxo_grah says:

    Ang ganda ang lawak ng view from the peak...i bet sisiw lang ang ride na to kasi it only took you less than an hour...very good realization and learning. We all got to learn in whatever we do...:)


  8. Phioxee says:

    kung ako siguro nasa trail,nako di ko na maappreciate. ang taas ata ng nilakad ninyu. at ano bah ginawa mo don sa kinain mong jobee? naging poopoo hehehe.

  9. ERICA says:

    id be very happy to know u r from uplb

  10. KULAPITOT says:

    sa panahon ngayon naging hate ko na ang outdoor activities dahil sa sobrang init ... bilib ako sayo pramis!

  11. gord says:

    Naalala ko sarili ko dun sa pic na nainom ka ng buko. Haha.

    But I'll keep my other comments private. Haha ulet.

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  13. apple says:

    nakakamiss mamundok! :) amen to what you realized. and thanks for sharing!

  14. jervaise brooke hamster says:

    Olivr, would you agree that when Pauline Hickey was 17 in 1985 she was THE most gorgeous bird who ever lived ?.

  15. Olivr says:

    Yes Jervaise, i would agree completely, no question about it.

  16. Gusto ko tlga e try umakyat ng bundok for a change lang naman:)

    Ka inggit naman!

  17. betchai says:

    I am so happy for you for being able to see the simple peacefulness and happiness in hiking/climbing, it really is very inspiring.

  18. Gusto ko rin umakyat ng bundok, at sana rin may buko pagkatapos. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    climbing in pair? i salute you. that must be dangerous. be careful next time, dear.

  20. joy says:

    Mahilig ka rin pala umakyat ng bundok..Ganda ng tanawin:)

  21. I guess its time for me try outdoor sports like this! Ka inggit close to nature:)

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