Mt. Arayat Traverse Dayhike via Magalang – Arayat

Hi everyone! Last Sunday, April 2, 2017, I went with my friends to a pre-climb/training climb in the mountain associated with Mariang SinukuanMt. Arayat which also happens to be my 47th mountain.

Mountain Stats:

Elevation: 1,026+ MASL

Location: Magalang, Pampanga

Difficulty: 5/9, Major Climb

Trek to Summit: 3hrs 30min (Jump-off to North Peak) + 1hr 45min (North Peak to South Peak)

This trip also served as our group’s pre-climb and my training climb for an upcoming major hike. Read on below for more details.

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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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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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Mt. Amuyao Reverse-Traverse via Batad-Barlig

Hi everyone! I just got back from my most challenging hike up to date and it feels really fulfilling to be able to successfully finish a major hike with minimal complications. In this blog post, I will try to summarize my take on climbing Luzon’s 5th highest mountain and the Philippines’ 11th highest and my 18th mountainMt. Amuyao.

Mountain Stats

Elevation: 2,702+ MASL

Location: Batad, Banaue, Ifugao and Barlig, Mountain Province

Difficulty: Regular Traverse via Barlig to Batad – 8/9; Reverse Traverse via Batad to Barlig – 9/9

  • The group took on the reverse-traverse via Batad to Barlig

Trek to Summit: 17 hours

This hike tested not just my patience but also my physical limits. Fortunately, I was with a great group that helped each other complete the hike successfully. Read on below to know more about what transpired from April 22 until April 24.

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Training Climb: Mt. Apayang – Mt. Talamitam Traverse

Hi everyone! I was finally able to do my first hiking trip of 2016. This also served as our “team building” activity/“training climb” for our major hike next week in Benguet.  Last Sunday, January 17, we did a twin day hike/traverse of Mt. Batulao’s sisters: Mt. Apayang (my 12th mountain) and Mt. Talamitam.

Mountain Stats:

Mt. Apayang

Height: 662+ MASL

Location: Km91 Sitio Pasong Kawayan, Nasugbu, Batangas

Difficulty: 4/9 (Because the assaults here are steeper compared to Mt. Talamitam)

Trek to Summit: 3 hours 20 minutes

Mt. Talamitam

Height: 652+ MASL

Location: Km83 Sitio Bayabasan, Nasugbu, Batangas

Difficulty: 3/9

Trek to Summit: 2 hours

If there is one advice I can give to those who are planning to climb these mountains, it is that bringing an umbrella is HIGHLY recommended.

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