You haven't heard anything from me for more than a year so I'm making "bawi" this time :)
I'll start with Makiling Traverse or "Maktrav" as known by mountaineering community. We finally settled our Makiling Traverse last July 2011. It was first re-scheduled due to rain and health condition of our very own Joeyboi. Five of us were able to make it that day, two girls (moi and Bhie) and three guys (Marvin, Joey and Rob). Your's truly as well as the three guys met up at LRT-Buendia station where we took Lucena or any Maharlika-bound bus (as stated in IT). I am really not particular with the time as Marvin was the one who took care of our IT. We met Bhie in Sto. Tomas Public Market where we also bought our supplies.
|Bhie, moi, Rob, Marvin with "Lola Maria" ^^|
|Voltes V, Power Rangers or First Five hehe|
|Joeyboi with little boys of San Bartolome|
|clearing..opportunity for picture taking :)|
|fair weather, never imagined there'll be a down pour|
|BATO..ang laki eh ^^|
|ang dugyot namen :D|
|Oye! dinner time :)|
|puyat puyat due to limatik hunting sa tent|
|Wacky shot before leaving the camp site|
|first rope section na di ko inasahang may mga kasunod pa hehehe..|
|joey quote "use your upper body strength"|
Here's our souvenir pictures at Melkas Ridge. We actually got lost and was rained before we reached the peak 2. We need to trace our path for about an hour.
|Oh nah nah :)|
|all smile :)|
|shot from Rob|
|ang matapang na c Joey|
|ang matapang na c Marvin|
|Ambin boy.. super like na shot!|
The super dupah untidy hikers of Makiling hihi..
|Peak 2 - walang tatalo sa kadugyutan! :D|
We took our quick lunch at peak 2 summit and descended our way to UPLB. The trail was a lot easier this time. There are also markers along the trail so it's a bit encouraging as you passed by each station. We doubled our pace this time as we're aiming to visit the mud spring. Unluckily, a very tiny limatik entered Bhie's eye. She was a bit nervous and panicking at the same time but we need to move on. I admired her courage that time, a true mountaineer spirit on her. We finally landed to a small barangay where we rode "habal habal". I'm excited coz it's my first time and I really enjoyed it (sayang wala akong pictures, sumuko na rin yung cameras namen). And so we reached the famous mud spring. We just stayed for 15 minutes and took our souvenir pictures then we continued our "habal habal" ride up to UPLB.
Over all it was still a great hike. If you are looking for a challenging climb you should try Maktrav. It offers a lot of adventures...ligaw moment in Melkas Ridge, a challenging rope sections, limatik heaven and scattered rain showers. Apart from these adventures, I can say that it is a must see mountain. The vegetation was high and was really taken cared of by locals and the university. I also recommend that proper training should be done before doing Maktrav, make sure you're equipped with ropes and best of all experience :)
- We haven't seen the hikers we met at San Bartolome jump off so it means they failed to do the reverse in Makiling.
- During our "ligaw moment" in Melkas Ridge, I did a stunt... nadulas ako as in! konti nlang gulong na....hehe... masakit sa pwet ah!
- Bhie was able to remove the "limatik" when she got home. No further hassle caused.
- I survived the limatik! Yes I'm the only survivor! my greatest accomplishment in Maktrav :D
Mt. Makiling Traverse via Palanggana Trail IT
Day 1 - July 2, 2011
0430 Assembly at LRT-Buendia. Take Lucena or any Maharlika-bound bus
0600 Drop off at Sto. Tomas Public Market; Breakfast and Buy Supplies
0800 Head to Brgy. San Bartolome by tricycle
0830 Registration; final preparations
0900 Start trek
1200 ETA Palanggana Peak. Lunch.
1500 ETA Melkas Ridge campsite. Set Camp.
1800 Dinner / Socials
2100 Lights Out
Day 2 - July 3, 2011
0430 Wake up call
0530 Breakfast / Break Camp
0600 Start Trek
0630 ETA Melkas Ridge (Haring Bato)
0700 ETA Peak 3 (1020 MASL)
0730 Proceed with traverse via Wild Boar trail
0900 ETA Peak 2 (1090 MASL)
0930 Start descent
1200 ETA Nursery / Lunch
1300 Resume trek to UPLB / Visit Mudsprings and Flatrocks
1600 ETA College of Forestry; take jeep to Los Banos proper
1800 Lunch at Grove
1900 Take bus back to Manila
2100 ETA Manila