Conquering Mountains: Mt Batulao

Apr 24, 2013

at the summit of Mt. Batulao
Last Sunday, April 13, we went on a day hike to Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas. Armed with information from Adaphobic and Pinoy Mountaineer, we decided that we could do it because it was an "easy climb."  And yeah, it was like a walk in the park. But the park was located at the top of the mountain, and it was very dusty and it was very hot.  But it was very scenic, it was very beautiful and it was very, very worth it!   
at the start of the trail
There were 5 of us in the group and meeting place was McDonalds in Pasay-Edsa-Rotonda.  The bus station is behind McDo.  Fare was 125 and we told the conductor to drop us off at Evercrest.  One member of the group lives in Nasugbu so she just met us there.  At Evercrest, a kid approached us, offering his service as a guide for P300 so we agreed.  We also rented a tricycle for P20 each going to the jump-off.
our happy little group of 'pseudo'-mountaineers
We were at the jump off by 8am. It was a long walk, made longer by our frequent stops for pictures, and rest of course. We met a lot of overnight campers on their way back, and they were very generous with their encouragements, and greetings along the way. 
the scenic view
But we were not bored, as the scenery was breathtaking! It was really, really beautiful.  I was reminded of the quote, "You climb mountains not so that the world can see you, but so you can see the world." Indeed.

We reach the summit at 1045am.  We know we could have gone a little faster, but we are not mountain climbers, really just there to see the beauty of the mountain. But what the hell.  Its always about the journey. There is no time to beat.
almost at the summit, but taking our sweet time
And a little more walking here and there. Registration is at Peak 8, pay P20 only for day hike.  There are also buko vendors along the way. Yup!

With some hikers we met along the way.  They were very nice, helping us up when we needed a boost.
Didn't I say the view was simply breathtaking? Then let me say it again: the view was breathtaking!
our little finally at the summit
It took us more than 2 hours to reach the summit, but it was worth it.  Our hearts were pumping hard and we were so dusty from the trek.  But the view on the way, and the 360 degree view at the top more than made up for the climb.
at the summit!
If the climb was hard, going down was even harder! Good thing there was a rope to help us down.
So, I was always asked when people learned I love to climb mountains (this is my 3rd mountain) why I do it. And I say why not? When will I do it if not now? I want memories I can reminisce when I grow old. That is the long and short of it. :) And will I climb another mountain after this? You bet!

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