From Summit to Sea: Mt. Cinco Picos, Silanguin Cove and Camara Island

Hi everyone! My friends and I just recently got back from our trip to San Antonio, Zambales to climb Mt. Cinco Picos, my 46th mountain, and chill at the beach below it in Silanguin Cove with a side trip to Camara Island and Pundaquit BeachYup, we pretty much visited a lot of places and it felt like such a long and relaxing vacation even though we were only there for two days and one night.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 881+ MASL

Location: Cawag, Subic, Zambales

Difficulty: 3/9, Major Climb

Trek to Summit: 4 hours

Even though we only climbed one mountain in Cawag, I still had so much fun considering I have not gone to the beach in so long. Read on below for the story of this trip.

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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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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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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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The Rainy Hike to Mt. Tapulao

Hi everyone! Over the weekend, I went with my friends to an overnight hike in Mt. Tapulao, my 41st mountain, after more than a month of being away from the trails. I had an idea of what I should expect coming from the stories of my other friends who were already done with this mountain but of course no matter how much I prepared myself mentally, I was still completely caught off-guard.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,037+ MASL

Location: Brgy. Dampay-Salaza, Palauig, Zambales

Difficulty: 5/9

Trek to Summit: 10-12 hours

Easily, Mt. Tapulao has one of the most leg-straining trails because it is 90% rocky/stony. Nonetheless, I am still grateful to have crossed it off my hike list. Read on below for the full story.

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Tri-Provincial Traverse: The Kibungan Cross-Country

Hi everyone! During the long weekend last August 27-29, 2016, I was up and about trekking what seemed to be the longest hiking trip of my life by far – the Kibungan Cross Country Traverse which is said to be approximately 50+ kilometers with an entry point in Benguet and an exit point in La Union. According to the locals, the complete traverse takes hikers to three provinces (Benguet – Ilocos Sur – La Union) through 15 mountains.

Originally, I was just supposed to do the Kibungan Circuit with my Amuyao team. This only requires summiting three mountains but due to unforeseen circumstances, this did not push through. Luckily, my friend invited me to join her climb in the same area but instead of just the circuit, it was the cross-country traverse.

Mountain Stats

(Mt. Tagpaya, Mt. Oten, Mt. Bulalakaw, Mt. Amalse, Mt. Dalipey, Mt. Batangan, Mt. Badew, +8 more)

Elevation: Highest point between 1900MASL – 2000MASL* (the trail is rolling so expect an increase and decrease in elevation)

Location: Sugpon, Benguet – Santol, La Union

Difficulty: 8/9

Trek Duration: 3D2N (26 – 28 hours)

Personally, I think this is probably the most stressful hike I have done so far because of the rainy weather and the circumstances that resulted from it. Nonetheless, it is also one of the most fulfilling.

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Six Mountains in Two Days: Mt. Purgatory-Mangisi Traverse

Hi everyone! A month ago, I was invited to do a complete traverse of Mt. Purgatory which passes through six different mountains. To be honest, this did not spark my interest at first because the mountains involved in the traverse do not offer great views as opposed to other Cordillera mountains (this initial assumption is based from all the photos I see online and my friends’ testimonies).

However, my friends also told me about how challenging trail is and this coupled with the fact that the traverse is part of my bucket list made me more excited to experience it firsthand.

Mountain Stats:

Traverse Mountains: Mt. Mangagew, Mt. Pack (2290MASL), Mt. Purgatory (2080MASL), Mt. Bakian, Mt. Tangbaw, Mt. Komkompol (2329MASL)

Location: Bokod, Benguet

Difficulty: 6/9

Trek to the 6th mountain: 10 hours

The climb was indeed a challenge in so many levels and this made completing it much more fulfilling. Read on below for the summary of our Purgatory story.

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Independence Day Hike to Mt. Batolusong

Hi everyone! It has been a while since the last time my feet stepped on the trails. Because of this, I decided to organize a quick day hike back to Sierra Madre, particularly in Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal which also happens to be my 19th mountain. I picked this specifically because I wanted to see the infamous view of the sunrise and sea of clouds and because I wanted to go back to Sierra Madre.

Mountain Stats:

Location: Tanay, Rizal

Elevation: 645+MASL (Mapatag Plateau) / 780+MASL (Rangyas Peak)*

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 2 hours (Mapatag Plateau); 2 ½ hours (Rangyas Peak)

Our group had to go through some unfortunate and unforeseen events during this climb but overall, the hike went well and all of us were still grateful for the experience.

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Twin Day Hike Series: Mt. Tibig and Mt. Banoi

It was back in April 9, 2015 when I reached the summit of my first, legit mountain – Mt. Batulao. And for a typical, sentimental woman like me, having an anniversary climb is a must. So without hesitations, I organized a twin hike to Mt. Tibig and Mt. Banoi which we were able to successfully finish last April 9, 2016.

Mountain Stats:

Mt. Tibig

Elevation: 563+ MASL

Location: Hulong Banalo, Lobo, Batangas

Difficulty: 2/9

Trek to Summit: 2 hours

 

Mt. Banoi

Elevation: 960+ MASL

Location: Sitio Hasaan, Brgy. Balatbat, Lobo, Batangas

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 2 hours 45 minutes

 

This climb was my fourth twin day hike and my 16th and 17th mountains to date. Read on below to know more about my anniversary climb.

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