Monolith Conquered!

Mt. Pico De Loro Traverse

“Anticipated Yet Unexpected Climb” – @traveladik

If you haven’t read the first part, read here.

Yes, it was anticipated since it was planned weeks and weeks ago (feels like ages).. And when it happened, unexpected things just keep pilling up!

There are 3 trails to get to the Parrot’s peak. One is via the Ternate, Cavite, another is via Nasugbu, Batangas and last one is only known by locals around there.

We took the usual trail, via Ternate. This was one exhausting trail! It was a series of ups and downs, ascend and descends. It took ages for us to get to the camp site where salvation from thirst was granted.

Along the way, there were plenty of water streams. The lush vegetation shelter hikers and like from direct sun light. There were no wind along the trail so it felt really humid.

#soundsOfNature

In the confines of the forest, we heard Ibong Adarna sing songs to make your heart at peace! We also heard the mockingjay cheer us to go further and reach the top! Kidding aside, Mt. Pico De Loro is teeming with life! You hear flocks of bird laugh at you because you fell on your back. Red, Green, Black Ants march their way to your exposed legs and bite their way in. Leaf hoppers guides you to the right way by jumping in front of your face to signal that “you’re drunk dude, you’re going the wrong way”.
Soothing green plants recuperate your eyes from the pollution of the city. You can enjoy the fresh air while basking in some sun light escaping through the trees. You definitely will say, “What A Wonderful World!”

#doWhatYouGottaDo

We had no plans laid out when we got to the top of Parrot’s Peak. We just climbed our way to the summit and see what else could we do. We were stunned and awed by the serene sight before us!

In order to immortalize the moment, it was decided to take turns in climbing the Monolith, while the other one to take the photos. And so, under the influence of #SPONTANEITY,  we did what we must!

Climbing the Monolith was the highlight of the hike. Do note, it’s not for the faint-hearted. There’s an obstacle there that Manong Boyong described as the main reason for some injuries and accidents climbing the monolith.

This obstacle has two  ropes, one for climbing purposes and the other one is for balance for you not to fall off the cliff ( literally ). Side note, Manong Boyong is the tour guide of the other group consisting of priests and their batch mates (hi sir Robin Aquino, and sir Anthony!) kung tama man hehe 

#happyTrails

With the awesome experience in Parrot’s Peak and Monolith, we decided to eat wholeheartedly in the camp site down below and take the trail back to the metro.

Since we were not 100% prepared in our food, Aling Fe’s Store provided us with Barbecue on sticks and a heavy rice combo, coupled with ate @traveladik ‘s Pansit, It was heaven!

Upon eating our meal, we strolled around and find a vantage point where we can see both the Parrot’s Peak and Monolith.

We were blessed to see such a sight before the rain started to pour.

With our curiosity at its peak, it was an easy YES to take the Traverse Trail, the one going to Nasugbu, Batangas. The problem was, the Traverse Trail is way up the Parrot’s Peak, down the Monolith, then into the forest down below.

It was raining.

Trail is wet and slippery.

Still we pushed through (kahit nag aalanganin kasi sabi wala daw tatapakan sa traverse trail, puro ugat walang bato, umulan, kaya maputik)

Thank God for Kuya Joey! Our guide for the traverse trail. He has 2 children, 30 yr old, from Nasugbu, Batangas, her aunt is a Hernandez (bias lang eh). Hired him for free ha ha just kidding – talent fee – 300 pesos

#walkInThePark

We managed to go down the tricky part of the traverse trail, and all is smooth sailing. Until, one after the other, me and ate @traveladik slipped. Truly blooper moments. After that, we just blamed the rain, the ground and that tiny branch that couldn’t carry our weight – shame on you little branch!

After less than 2 hrs of trekking, talking, laughing, and more talking, we arrived at the Firing range at the foot of the mountain. Outside the range, was the Papaya Toda Tricycle Terminal.

#offToWashOffTheDirtAndEnjoyTheFalls

Kawa Falls. It was slippery, many plastic and waste scattered around the falls. If not for it’s unique charm, I would have not enjoyed taking a swim.

#TeamBida2x

Can’t End this Epic Experience Without Acknowledging my Co-Team mate in this Epic “Anticipated Yet Unexpected Climb”

ate @TravelAdik 😀 Cheers and Happy Trails!

I'm on top of the World!

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.

5 things you should do: Trekking

Ever wonder what to do on your first trek since days of future past?
Well here are the things I have come up with to help you enjoy that day with mother earth:

1 Socialize

Trekking here and there, you would encounter people from different walks of life. Maybe you’re in luck, you could be talking to your future better half, business partner, travel buddy or your soul mate!


Talking to locals also gives you insights about the place, its history and demographics. You could discover new things other trekkers have not; best spot to take pictures, hidden routes and the like

2 Enjoy the View!

If you are living in a city like in Metro Manila, you can never have this view! Suck in nature’s finest offerings. It will give you a lot of things; different perspective in life, understand things clearly and perhaps give you a sense of satisfaction.

3 Capture the Moment!

Nothing comes close to immortalizing this amazing experience with a photo! Memories are best accompanied with picturesque snapshots! So strike a pose with your travel buddies, capture each of the moments that made the trek memorable.

4 Be Green-minded!

Yes! Be Green Minded! While on this journey, you should always keep what you have and leave nothing behind but Memories. Trail foods should be properly kept until you come down of the mountain. Treat nature as a sacred place, its the only thing that keeps us around and provides us with everything.

The 5th on this list is for you to discover! Every trek is different from person to person. This experience might leave you a mark. It might give you a purpose in life. Clear you mind.
If you have discovered the 5th or 6th or Nth on this list, share your thoughts! It might helps others enjoy there Trek with Nature!

 

 

 

Return to Batulao

If you want to hit that RESET button, there are a number of ways to effectively do that. One of them for me was Mt. Batulao!

The first time I went there last April 12, it was under siege by forest fires. Nonetheless, it was an amazing journey. Traverse the mountain from the Old Trail to the New Trail. We camped at the new campsite it the new trail. star gazed. drank our way to oblivion yet manages to cooked food for the soul.

My return to Mt. Batulao was a spontaneous decision to join my other like minded spontaneous peers. There was no plan for it, but it happened anyway. Just like love, you may not plan to fall in love, but then again, it catches you like cupid shot himself with his arrow. #parangPagibig #segway

Photocredit to Mr. Aleks Paat

Unlike popular beliefs, returning to a place you have visited before for me is never the SAME! The people changes, the experiences changes, the environment  changes and of course, you yourself changes.

Mt. Batulao I’ve seen this Sunday (June 23) was reaching her peak of magnificence. There are still burned areas but unnoticeable. The bald trees have now grown leaves. The grass now as tall as a man are turning its color to that perfect hue of green. All is well for Her.

Our IT for the day hike was go up the summit via the new trail then down the old one. If someone ask me right now which of the two hike patterns would I recommend(past hike vs this hike),  I would say try any of the two, and go back to do the other. There is no comparison, because its two different experiences which are unforgettable! It was challenging for us because we had no ample sleep. But with our perseverance and eagerness, we prevailed!

 

Peak 8 has the perfect backdrop to an amazing photo! While the summit holds the grandeur of seeing all the peaks plus more of the lands and mountains surrounding Batangas – Tagaytay – Laguna area.

 

Photocredit to Jepepips for some of the photos

We were the only hikers who were at the summit when we arrived. We owned the place, took selfies, enjoyed the view, Go Pro moments, laughed, cried, reminisce and bask in the beauty of Mt. Batulao.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Mt. Pulag

The majestic Mt. Pulag.

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Climbing this mountain inspired me to write about my adventures.

It was life changing. I see myself as tiny dot in a world full of limitless possibilities.

 

THE PATH

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Trekking the different paths of this majestic mountain (mossy forest, grasslands, dirt and dusty rough roads) has been a food to the soul. It nourishes your inner self to be at peace with mother earth. It connects your life force to the great circle of life. It opens the pores of your spiritual self and absorb the air that is God’s love. Sounds cheesy but that’s how it felt. I’m serious 😐

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THE PEOPLE

Warm greetings of hi’s and hello’s. Wishing people luck and take cares are some of the things you will encounter climbing. You’re lucky if you get some advice and stories from strangers you meet. Some life lessons and some great tips!

You will see and feel what a wonderful world (ha ha did you sing the song?)

 

THE COLD

Perhaps the coldest temperature I have experienced. And the kind of cold you that you will miss every now and then!

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THE ADVENTURE

Rough roads you trek.

Rough winds you endure.

Vertical drop of rains you encounter.

Long lines of head lights and lamps, a sight to see, you will treasure

Summit assault, the climb where you want to be

Deep breaths you take

Great leaps you must make

All along, this is an amazing adventure you will remember!

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