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Mt. Pico De Loro Day hike

I don’t know where to start.

I am completely dumbfounded and utterly clueless how to blog my experience in climbing Parrot’s Peak a.k.a Mt. Pico De Loro.

What I can tell point blank; It’s my hardest climb to-date!

#TeamBida2x

This hike has been drawn in air too many times. So when the right timing had come, I packed up my bag and left without second thought. “Kahit dalawa lang tayo ate, Game ako!”  I told ate @traveladik.

So we pushed through this day hike without qualms. Rode the bus from Coastal Mall to Ternate, Cavite (82 pesos) then road a 225 peso tricycle ride to DENR for registration (25) and to the Mt. Pico De Loro jump off point (few hundred meters away from DENR).

#LooksCanBeDeceiving

The jump off point was quaint. Slow ascend, and it went on for more than half an hour. In our fast pace, we advanced 3 groups. We never expected (never really bothered reading hike notes from others :P) that the next part of the hike was an UP-DOWN trek! We went up an almost 70-80 degree slope then back to a steep descend and it goes on and on.

No pictures were taken during this time because we were concentrating in reaching the top before anyone behind us catch up to us (Competitive!). Seriously though, we just want to have the Summit to ourselves before those 3 large groups monopolized the Parrot’s Peak and the Monolith.

#worthAlltheBloopers

First blooper – no ample Water

Solution: store in the camp site (after 2 and a half hour of hiking)

Second blooper – heavy bag packs

Solution: endure the Pain!

Third blooper – no Camera Man

Solution: One stays at Parrot’s Peak, while the other climb the Monolith (vice versa)

Nth blooper – never assume unless otherwise stated!

Solution: Kapit Mabuti, Ingat Palagi, at Mag ingat pa ng mas Marami!”

#PicoDeLoroFacts

In the early days, the Spaniards saw a form of a giant parrot, perched in the forested mountains in Cavite while aboard their galleons. They named it “Pico de Loro” – “Parrot’s Peak”.

According to the locals, the monolith is part of Batangas while Parrot’s peak is part of Cavite. This two land mass serves as the borderline to those provinces.

…Next part of the Blog is our Traverse hike going to Nasugbu, Batangas.

I’ve Experienced Maculot!

I am writing this blog  while my body and head leaning on the head board of my bed just because I can barely move. Too much of uphill and downhill trekking from yesterdays day hike at Mt. Maculot, Rockies, Cuenca, Batangas.

Yes! The famous and controversial Mt. Maculot and the Rockies. Somewhat infamous for climbers with the incident happened awhile back. I do admit,trekking and hiking the mountain was dead on exhausting.

 

Reaching the Rockies is again another challenging path and requires you to be fully alert of the stones you stepped on.

But! It was worth the effort. We await for the clearing in the Rockies to view the amazing Taal Lake. From the Rockies, you can see it all, Tagaytay, Most of Batangas, Mt. Batulao, and of course the apple of the eye – Taal Volcano.

You have to go to this spot. Recommended with out most care!

I warn you to be very cautious and careful!

Enjoy and view paradise!

Budget and IT

147 – Buendia Jam Liner going to Lemery ( drop you exactly at Cuenca)

20 – for the tricycle going to drop off

20 – for environmental fee

100 – for Lunch

24 – transport to SM City Lipa for Dinner and Terminal for Bus going back to metro

166 – Bigg’s Dinner Carbonarra Platter spicy chicken (not recommended, sloppy carbonarra, try their Kebab)

94 – transport to Alabang riding Jam Liner

52 – back to SM North

Cost : 623

Experience and Happiness Cost: PRICELESS

 

Return to the Playground of the Gods: Sea of Clouds of Mt. Pulag

My first major hike was Mt. Pulag. It was an amazing experience.

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This mountain is perhaps most famous for its very unique beauty unlike any other: IMO, its the view of Gods to the terrain of the world. Sea of clouds rolling in the mountains like its beneath your feet. It is a mountaineers/hikers dream to reach the summit to view the spectacular sunrise over the sea of clouds. We too hoped to see it but was not given the chance.

We enjoyed the trek over the Mossy forest to the grasslands.

We endured the windy and cold night under the foggy sky.

We created memories with games , stories and food trips

We (well I) almost got hypothermia for not changing my layers of wet clothing.

Got swept away by the strong winds of the summit assault.

Got stuck in long lines of hikers climbing up the summit.

Awed by how people treat you differently and very kindly going up and down the mountain.

how faith in humanity got strengthen by their eagerness to preserve nature.

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VERDICT:

Nonetheless, it is a sight to see and definitely one of my Top items in my Bucket list. So I WILL RETURN! – date of hike (March 22-23)

Tinipak River: Definitely a Hidden Paradise

When you read or hear a travel destination to be a hidden paradise, you tend to over shoot your expectation.

Tinipak River

And yet, Tinipak River was indeed one.

Getting there is a bit of a challenge – but it was all worth it. Once you’re there, every sweat, every heat, every breathe is not wasted upon seeing the majestic Tinipak (Carved Rocks) river. With its pristine, clear water and virgin river banks, it definitely is a Hidden Gem.

 

Me at Tinapak River

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SO MANY FIRST to cross out from my list:

First time to River trek

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First time to Cliff Dive/Jump

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First time Spelunking! at Tungtong Cave

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First time to see Limestone, Stalagmites, Stalactites

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First time to camp at a River Bank

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DON’T JUST LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY, GO SEE!

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How to Get there,

We got some IT online for instance this one:

Overnight: Tinipak river-cave + Light pack Summit assault via Lilindigan Trail

MT. DARAITAN / TINIPAK RIVER-CAVE
Tanay, Rizal / Gen. Nakar, Quezon
Major jump-off: Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
MASL: Unverified
Estimated days and hours to explore: 1-2 days / Summit: 3-4 hrs, Tinipak river-cave: 2-3 hrs
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 3-4
Features: community, river, rock formations, cave, tropical forest, fauna and flora, scenic views, exploratory
Article History: Created July 09, 2013

ITINERARY
DAY 1
5AM ETD to Tanay Market from Shaw Blvd via Private Transportation
6:30 AM ETA Tanay Market / Buy Supplies
7:00AM Take Tricycle or Jeep rent to Daraitan
7:30AM ETA Daraitan / Boat Ride / Take Tricycle to Brgy. Hall
7:50AM ETA Brgy. Daraitan / Register and Get Guide / Proceed to jump-off point
8:00AM Start Trek (Mail Trail)
8:40AM Tinipak Creek-Cottage-River / continue trekking via main trail
08:50AM ETA Boundary to Bagbagan Trail / continue trekking via main trail
09:00AM ETA Trail head of Lilindigan / continue trekking via main trail
09:45AM ETA Cemented stair
10:00AM ETA Cablao Elementary School
12:00PM ETA Trail Fork to Summit (Right Trail for Bato Peak 1) and (Left for Bato Peak 2) / Lunch /
01:30PM Start descent
3:00PM Back to Main Trail
03:30PM ETA Tinipak Cottage-River / rest / set camp / socials / swimming whatever
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DAY 2
06:00 AM Wake up call / Eat breakfast
08:00 AM Start taking rock boulders to cross the river to get to Tinipak Cave
9:30 AM ETA Tinipak cave / swimming and cave exploration
03:00 PM Go back to cottage /camp
04:30 PM Break camp
05:00PM head back to Jump off
06:00PM Jump-off / Rest and wash / Take Tricycle to Brgy. Hall / Log out / Proceed for boat ride
07:00PM ETD to Tanay Market
08:30PM ETD to Shaw Blvd
10:30PM ETA Shaw Blvd

And Another:

1. From Starmall FX/van Terminal, Shaw Boulevard, ride a van bound to Tanay, Rizal for 70Php. The van stops at the Tanay Public Market. Travel time is about 1.5 – 2 hours.

**WE MUST LEAVE EARLY TO CATCH THE 1ST TRIP OR ELSE WE’LL LEAVE AT 1PM**

2. At Tanay Public Market, hire a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan which can accommodate 4 pax. 100Php each. Some driver asks 500Php. Haggle! Travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Upon reaching the junction to Daraitan, expect a 30-40 minutes major rough road. Oh well, curse those people behind the PORK BARREL SCAM! Haha.
In addition, the association of tricycle drivers in Daraitan do not permit tricycles from Tanay to wait for their passengers while having a tour, hence you can’t rent them for a round trip.

3. Reaching the Bgry. Daraitan, you need to ride a boat just to cross a 10 meters wide river for 5Php.

4. On the other side which is the Brgy. Daritan proper, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Hall to register. Tricycle ride cost 10Php per head and registration fee is 20Php. Here, you will have your tour guide. I would like to thank Kuya Russel, our tour guide for accompanying us.

5. Going back to Tanay Market, ride a tricycle again for 100Php each. Jeepney is available what until 1:00PM only as far as I remember. So if you didn’t catch the Jeepney, ride a tricycle instead.

SOURCE:
http://mtdaraitantinipakrivercave.blogspot.com/

 

NOTE:

We did not follow all the IT, Once we arrived at Tanay public market, we roam the place, got supplies. Tricycle drivers are teeming there offering service from and to Brgy Daraitan Drop off. We did not climb Mt. Daraitan because we enjoyed the river and the cave. WE SHALL RETURN SOON for the SUMMIT ASSAULT.

We got one driver who insisted on staying overnight and waited for us the next day (Sunday) to return to Tanay Public Market.

Expenses:

70 pesos Van from Starmall to Tanay

100 pesos each for tricycle going to Brgy. Hall of Daraitan

500 pesos for the whole tricycle ( going back to Tanay Market ) fixed amount

30 pesos per tricycle for the Sticker ( optional, voluntary ) on the “toll gate” of Brgy. Daraitan

500 per group for a tour guide ( day hike ) / 750 for overnight

 

 

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This was one memorable river trekking. – date of trek April 26-27 2014