Monday, March 13, 2006

Makiling - Seeing Maria on the weekend

Mention Makiling and you conjure up images of limatik, that leech-like thing that abounds in the Makiling forest, breath-taking greens and cool, fresh air. By luck, found the weekend free and made a last-minute decision to join my MFPI buddies, Tina, York, Ronnie, Ghanie, Ricky and their invites for a trip traversing Mt. Makiling (from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to up Los Baños). Started trekking before 11am sat and e-camped by 4pm when the fog was rolling in. cool, foggy weather was conducive to a dinner of Sinampalukang Manok and the socials. 

After a breakfast of fried dilis, tomato & red eggs, macaroni soup and Ricky's Kapeng Barako, went for peak 2 before lunch Sunday, But not after getting lost at least twice. descended to UP Los Baños around 4.30 and had lunch cum dinner at around 6. A fun climb really with a bunch of fun friends, worth forgetting my sideline work for the weekend, hahaha.  Sa uulitin! 
 
Climb details: how to get to Batangas jump-off: ride bus headed for Sto. Tomas (e.g. N. dela Rosa Transit in Alabang); fare: roughly P77-80; arrange for jeep transport to Brgy. San Miguel (around P250-300); register at barangay hall, reg. fee around P20 • trek to campsite - approx. 4-5 hours • campsite to peak 2 - approx. 2 hrs. • summit to uplb - approx. 3-4 hrs. • potable water sources along sto. tomas trail: yes • difficulty:need for guide: yes, plenty of trails can mislead hikers • how to get back to manila from uplb: ride jeep out of uplb, catch bus from Sta. Cruz going to Alabang/LRT-Taft or Cubao (fare roughly from P80-90) moderate, Sto. Tomas trail is the more difficult one

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The nature is so awesome and...what you're doing looks like so much fun. jo

cruise said...

wow, sinampalukang manok sa bundok, ang sarap nyan, di ko pa naranasan yan sa bundok.

ang ganda ng magkakakuha, tamang tama ang distansya ng mga tao sa pic, tapus kitang kita na maganda yung falls/stream. slow shutter a ata kaya puting puti yung agos, nice nice..

Sidney said...

I admire your energy... to climb in those temperatures & humidity...

Ferdz said...

Ang ganda. Di pa ko nakakapunta dyan dahil nga ayoko mag climb ng me limatik. Hehehe. Pero I might reconsider one of these days. Hehehe. Mukhang enjoy kayo ah!

oggie said...

ei jo! you bet. it's both tiring yet fulfilling and fun. when you're in good company, i guess it's more fun :-)

ei cruise! try nyo rin rin ung sinampalukang manok o baboy sa itaas. para naman maiba. knorr pampaasim lang ang katapat nyan, hahaha.

ei sidney! it was a bit cool when we started climbing sat, when we camped, it was a lot colder. which made our dinner of sinampalukang manok (chicken stewed in tamarind broth) much more special.

ei ferdz! got lucky lang i'm in good company. i don't relish limatiks myself, the temptation to climb makiling last weekend presented itself lang. no regrets though. akyat ka na rin!

em said...

hey oggie,diba hunted daw ang mt makiling?! ahahahha

good idea yung paglagay ng travel info in case people wanna go there, good job! it also gives me fair idea of things I want to do when i have my next vacation sa pinas ! hahaha

ToNeTTe said...

Hey Ogs! Ang ganda ng picture nyo sa Makiling. Green na Green, parang narinig ko ang sound ng bubbling brook somewhere.

Nice, you're really into mountaineering na. I guess you don't play badminton as much anymore. Mountain climbing is such a physical activity as well.

Ingat always. I changed pala my blog address. justton.blogspot.com. Catcha later!!

oggie said...

thanks emz and tonette! it's so nice to hear from you two again. makiling has tales not only of hauntings but also of enchantment (it being the purported home of maria herself) as well as the recent death of a dentist there. first-time climber na nag-night trek without a flashlight/headlamp, tapos umuulan pa kasi. we had a grand time scaring ourselves over dinner, hahaha. i think i finally moved on from badminton ton, i just enjoy the game as an exercise. maiba naman. and i'm glad i have blog/flickr visitors who appreciate the pics enough that they may consider going to the boondocks themselves. at least, write something beautiful about the philippines instead of the usual gulo. anyway, will link up your new blog to mine tom. have a good day everyone!

cruise said...

may alam ka bang anti limatik? o pinababayaan nyo na na dumikit sa inyo, tapos tanggalin nyo lang by hand?

oggie said...

ei cruise! we normally put a bit of alcohol on the limatik para they'll get unstuck. if you remove them forcibly, the bleeding will continue kasi. their saliva contains an coagulant that keeps the blood from clotting.

Alexander Prince said...

hello folks,

i'm from laguna and i work onboard a cruise ship. do you have a club that i can join and maybe join you in your tour whenever i'm on vacation sa pilipinas? hindi pa ako marunong gumamit ng mga mountain gears nor how to repel. how can i can contact you? i'm here in Los Angeles and will be home sa October for my vacation. can i meet you in October then?
Thanks

oggie said...

alex, i meant to reply to your comment via email but i can't find your email address. anyway, just drop a comment/note or email me at oggieramos2000@yahoo.com so i can reply. walang problema regarding joining our group for a climb. we usually don't use ropes or belaying equipment so it's not much of a problem.

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