Mountain Climbing is a very challenging activity and I’m not a fan. Not because it’s hard to climb up but it’s the going down that’s difficult for me. Weird, eh?
Going up is fun since I just need to push myself up wherein going down is risky because gravity pulls us down. One wrong step and I’ll be rolling down. (Hoping it will never happen)
This was my second climb. The first one was at Mt. Maculot last 2013 on a Holy Week while we climbed Mt. Batulao last November 9, 2014. The weather was not too hot that time. There’s a drizzle on our way up due to a typhoon coming but it was a safe weather for a climb.
Estimated Budget: P900-1100
New to Old Trail
- 0500 Departure at Market! Market! Mall to Nasugbu, Batangas
- 0700 Breakfast at Leslie’s (Tagaytay)
- 0730 Arrival at Evercrest
- 0750 Start trek
- 0915 Arrival at Fork (We took the right one for NEW trail.)
- 1030 Arrival at New Trail Campsite. (Register and Rest)
- 1145 Arrival at Camp 10 (Lunch and Rest)
- 1300 Start descent via Old Trail (Use the rope to go down)
- 1500 Arrival at Camp 1. (Register and Rest again)
- 1630 Back at Evercrest (Stretching and changed clothes)
- 1745 Dinner at Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)
- 1915 Arrival at Market! Market! Mall
Mt. Batulao Pictures (credits to Glen Gary Santos)
Start of the climb with the gang. (I’m one of the boys)
At the Peak 1, We chose the new to old route since most of the hikers opted to use it and to avoid traffic as well.
A livelier version of the Lord of the rings walk.
Break time from a long walk.
Green, green grass everywhere.
Everything you see is mine. Hahahahaha (evil laugh)
Breathtaking view. (Inhale the fresh air)
I told them that I won’t go down and will be stuck in here.
One of our many stop-overs, we maximized our entire day for the climb.
And down to Camp 1, so exhausted but still smiling.
Check out my MOUNT PULAG hike too.
As we go down, I counted how much more walking is needed and how many more minutes it’ll be before we reached our car.
We were dead-tired and sore as we reached the bottom but all our efforts was worth it. The view, the fresh air, the bonding and the new me that conquered the Mt. Batulao.
Well, I guess, I survived!
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Proofread and edited by Vany Piol.