For the love of mountains, here's my third installation of Bundok Chronicles :)
So for my recent adventure, let me share my experience in braving Mt. Batolusong.
At around 5 a.m me and my college best friends prepared and left the house and pick up our other companion to the hike. We have our own vehicle that time that's why our way to Tanay is more convenient.
As we're approaching Tanay, great views of mountains have already welcomed us and it made us more excited to start our trail. It was around 8 a.m when we arrived and 30 minutes after settling all the necessary payments and reminders, we now started our hike.
The weather is actually not good for a day hike that time. It was summer, and the sun is at it's best, and it's not that windy too :( by the way Mt. Batolusong has more grass than trees so it's like an open area (Or an open grill) with a very limited shades but if you're really into outdoor activities then I encourage you to give it a try! (just don't forget to apply sunblock)
This time, I am with my colleagues and my colleagues' workmates. This hike is one of the spontaneous trip I've been to.
Mt. Batolusong is a steep grassy type of trail with continuous assault. Based on our research it is one of the beginners mountain but for me or for us rather it is not. The trail is very challenging and the weather is not that cooperative we keep on adjusting our pace and asking our guide for a break. There are stations there where we took our rest and good thing there's one with running water, for refreshments.
At 10 a.m we have already reached the Duhatan Ridge, finally. If you'll ask me if it's already the summit? No. Not yet. (Just imagine the further heat we're about to experience. Pagbalik sa Manila, toasted ka na)
Before we could step our feet on the summit, we had to do a short 60 degree rock climbing but there is also an alternative way to the summit with no rock climbing involved. But I strongly suggest to go with rock climbing (because what is life without adventure?)
And now, THE SUMMIT!
Our struggle didn't end here yet. The trail and the weather is even more challenging during descend.
We had our short stop at Kay-Ibon falls. We did not took a dip there because our guide told us that the water at Sangab Cave is more cold and clear.
To those who prefer to commute;
Guide fee –
Duhatan Ridge –
Rangyas Peak –
Til the next hike!