Climbing the Philippines’ 10th Highest: Mt. Kalawitan

Hi everyone! I just came back from my recent hike to the arguably 10th highest mountain in the Philippines* and my 45th mountainMt. Kalawitan. Up to the last week of the event proper, I was still unsure if I could join because of personal matters but just a day before the hike took place, I confirmed my attendance and was able to join the group. Talk about cramming, right?

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,714+ MASL

Location: Bontoc, Mountain Province/Sabangan, Mountain Province

Difficulty: 6/9 (Basing this on my experience)

Trek to Summit: 9 hours

There were several things that made me struggle during this hike that took place last January 28-29, 2017. Nonetheless, I do not regret joining because more than the exhaustion and pain, I was also really happy with the people I was with. Read on below for the full story of our weekend.

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First Run of 2017: PSE Bull Run

Hi everyone! I recently finished a 21-kilometer run in PSE Bull Run 2017. I actually ran out of kits for this so I thought I would not be able to join. I got a bit disappointed because aside from its perfect schedule that fits my training runs for my first full marathon (yes, I’m currently training for my upcoming 42km run. OMGGG serious na! #RoadToFortyTwo), I also pegged this as my run for the month.

Just when I thought I would not be able to join, a friend of mine told me that he was able to score two kits! And so without hesitations, I agreed to get the other one.

Unfortunately, I got sick the day before the race so I thought I would have a sloppy run come race day. Surprisingly, I performed better than expected. Read on below to know more about this “sick run”.

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Year Starter Hike to Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg

Hi everyone! Last January 7-8, my friends and I were trekking Luzon’s highest mountain and the Philippines’ third highest mountain – Mt. Pulag. It was also January of 2016 when I first ascended this mountain via the “killer trail” Akiki and descended via Ambangeg. At first, I was still hesitant to join because I already scaled the mountain via the same trails and second, I could not forget how I was extremely bothered by the cold temperature at the top (Sorry Queen Elsa. Lol.). When I was really conflicted, this conversation with my friend helped me decide:

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Big words from a little guy. Jk hahaha

Mountain Stats:

Elevation: 2922 MASL (old), 2,926.047 MASL (new)

Location: Akiki Trail – Kabayan, Benguet

Difficulty: Akiki Trail – 7/9

Trek to Summit: Akiki Trail – 10-11 hours

(Edit: Mt. Pulag’s elevation is now at 2,926.047 MASL as declared by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA last April 4-14, 2016. As proof of this, a new summit marker can be found beside the old one.)

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New Summit Marker

 

While there were moments along the trail that made me question my decision of joining, I regret nothing because seeing my mother major mountain again brought back so many happy memories. And like what they say, it will always be a new experience in the mountains no matter how many times you have been there.

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2016: The Year of Firsts and Achievements

Hi everyone! 2016 is about to end, which means, it is that time of the year again when I would sum everything up in one post. While 2015 was a turning point year, this year is more of a continuation of the path I chose after that turning point.

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Outfit for Christmas 2016

Hi everyone, Merry Christmas! This will be a quick post on my yearly Christmas outfit that I wear whenever we go to my grandfather’s place.

This will just be a quick post.

Last year, I wore a white dress with cuts on the sides and slit at the center from Forever 21. This year, I decided to wear something simpler but will still stand out. And thus my choice of outfit:

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The Great Cordillera Traverse: Mt. Ugo

Hi everyone! Last December 3-4, I did my last hike for 2016 – Mt. Ugo Traverse which also happens to be my 44th mountain. I was really excited for this because of all the great things I have heard from my friends and all the beautiful photos I saw online. Aside from these, Mt. Ugo is also included in my bucket list and having this for a year-end climb seemed like a really good idea.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,150+ MASL

Location: Entry point – Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, Exit point – Itogon, Benguet

Difficulty: 5/9

Trek to Summit: From jump-off to campsite – 8 hours, from campsite to summit – 15 minutes

According to our guides, the total distance from Nueva Vizcaya jump-off to Benguet exit point is around 35KM. And although it was a long trek, it was not as tiring because of the beautiful views present almost all throughout the trail.

Read on below to know more about our experience in traversing Mt. Ugo.

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The Hike to Mt. Damas and Side Trip to Ubod Falls

Hi everyone! Last November 19-20, I went with three of my friends to an overnight hike to Mt. Damas, my 43rd mountain, in San Clemente/Camiling, Tarlac. While this can be done as a day hike, we decided to camp to do stargazing and city light watching.

Mountain Stats:

Location: San Clemente/Camiling, Tarlac

Elevation: 685+ MASL

Difficulty: 6/9 (Major Climb)

Trek to Summit: 6 hours

There are two possible jump-off points going to Mt. Damas, one from Dueg (ideal for those with a private vehicle) and from Papaac. It is said that between the two, the trail from Papaac is longer and more difficult because of the so-called “Cardiac” part which I will discuss in detail later on in this post as our group took on this route.

Even though Mt. Damas is not as high compared to other major mountains, the trail going to the summit offers a challenge to hikers that makes it worthy of its difficulty level.
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Comeback Run in Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge

Hi everyone! This will just be a quick post on what I call as a “comeback run”. I say this because the last race I joined was about three months ago in Pinoy Fitness Kasama Run. And during the months I did not run, I admit that I had zero to little mileage in a week.

And even so, I still dared to join a  half marathon run to test if I can still finish it in less than two hours and thirty minutes.

Read on below for a brief summary of what transpired during Pinoy Fitness 21K Challenge held at Mall of Asia Running Grounds last November 13, 2016.

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Weekend Getaway in Banaue – Bontoc – Sagada

Hi! I was invited to a twin hike to Mt. Fato and Mt. Kupapey last weekend, October 15-16. Unfortunately, due to the typhoon (Karen) that hit North Luzon over the weekend as well, we were only able to climb Mt. Fato – my 42nd mountain.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 1400+ MASL

Location: Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

Difficulty: 2/9 (This is just my rating. The trail is wide and beautiful with a lot of pine trees)

Trek to Summit: 1 hour

Because we were unable to do the main activity of this trip, climbing Mt. Kupapey, we found ourselves exploring different sites in Sagada instead. This came as a surprise because going here was not part of our itinerary but because of bus and jeep schedules, we decided to take the bus from Sagada back to Manila.

Read on below for the full story.

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