Second hike, first summit! Mt. Maculot

Hey everyone! First, i’d like to apologize for my absence for like a month?

I told you I hate excuses so I don’t like making one too. I can be so cruel to myself. But I guess I owe you guys an explanation? (Hehehe) So, here let me try making a creative excuse: You know I’ve started studying more about fashion coz I want to be part of the  industry (professionally) and I’ve been juggling my time between my full time job, part time job; researching, styling and doing photo shoot plus photo editing for my assignments, and hey my graphic design class have just started too. In short, my blogging life have to sacrifice a little, but will try my best to catch up.

Moving on, I want to share here my hiking trip to Mt. Maculot with my parents, titos and tita last February. How fun was that? Well, I wasn’t the youngest in the group to start with; there’s only a little age difference between me, my titos, and tita; and my parents are just in their 40s. It’s very unusual though that I do this kind of trip with my parents. I’d say it was fun-ny (pun intended) in its own special way. What makes it more unbelievable is it was my mom who initiated this hiking trip. But that was cool, right?

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It was 9:00 am when we started trekking. It was raining intermittently too. The way up the mountain was steep and muddy and slippery making our climb more challenging especially for non pros like us. Along the way we encountered people going up and down the mountain. We’ve exchanged hellos, take care and wishes of luck it was amusing because people don’t do such in a normal setting.

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The owner of this bath place is my distant grandfather!

On the way up we found resting stations selling fresh coconut juice and light snacks so we had a lot of stop overs (Hello, newbies). Halo-halo anyone?

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It was already 11:30 when we reached the campsite so we head right away to climb the Rockies.

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This is butchi ng batangas by the way. My favorite local food in Batangas.

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From this view, I thought it would be impossible to climb those rocks, but then again the adrenaline rush spiked telling me I have to do it.
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So I did! It was 12:15 P.M. too bad I couldn’t get a decent photo of me. It was so windy up there I felt like the wind could fly me any moment. But the view was so darn beautiful! We had a good view of Taal volcano up there.

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The rain had stopped leaving a muddy trail. We reached the summit at around 3 in the afternoon giving everyone a rewarding feeling. It’s as if we won first place in a marathon.

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Climbing down the summit was twice harder because we have to do a lot of rappelling with no harness. We had to be very careful otherwise we might end up with broken bones or it could just be the first and last mountain for us.

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The scariest part for me was when reached the grotto it was 6:25 P.M and the wind up there was so strong, stronger than when we were at the Rockies and Summit, it was whistling. I am dauntless, but I don’t want to be blown away unplanned. Hahaha

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Hiking may be a very tiring activity as it requires great physical and mental strength. During the ascent someone could ask why are we doing this? The other could curse the person who invited him/her. Then probably you could hear someone promising that he/she will never hike again, ever. The funny thing is, when you reach the highest parts of the mountain (Rockies – Summit – Grotto) and see the beautiful view from the top it gives you a rewarding feeling. It rejuvenates the once depleted energy and makes you want to take back everything negative you have just said on your way up because the truth is you want to do it over and over again. It is addictive.

Chia

Mount Maculot, Cuenca Batangas
Rockies - 706 MASL
Summit - 930 MASL
Grotto - 510 MASL
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21 thoughts on “Second hike, first summit! Mt. Maculot

  1. I envy you now, Chia. After reading the story, you made me wish I had done one of my climbs with my parents. Your mother is so beautiful and tough. I would not question where you got that “travel courage” you have.

    Being a mountain climber once, I absolutely feel your message in this post and, for lack of a better term, pity those people who cannot seem to comprehend why we do it amid the life-threatening hindrances along the way. This endeavor/adventure is life-changing experience. It teaches us how important it is to work hard to get something that we want. The summit stands a metaphor for the success. Every step, every cut, every mosquito bite, every inquietude along the way turns delicious once you get to reap the reward. A view that only the few brave can see. Soon, you become not bothered about having to eat the discomforts that mountain climbing offers but dithyrambic.

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    I am taking my hats off to you, your uncles,parents (especially your mom), and aunt. Kudos!

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    • From the person who has climbed so many mountains that I couldn’t even think I could, that is so flattering. Thank you Sony. I just realized now that we didn’t had our lunch, we only had light snacks. Hehehe Knowing my Mom she’s a homebody so this was something new. I think she got this desire for adventure from us (her kids). Growing up we barely go out and play with other kids. Because we are young adults now we can’t stop but to love and enjoy the outdoors that we didn’t get to enjoy before. Hahaha My mom is learning from us I think. A week after the hike she told me she wants to do scuba diving next. And I was like… WHAT?! Hahaha Looks like I’m going to have more adventures with my parents now. If that happens I might consider renaming my blog. Lols!

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  2. Huwow ikaw na ang kuracha. Fashion designer / graphic designer / kung ano ano pa hehehe….

    Asteeg mommy mo ah haha…sya pa promotor…well wala ako masabi dahil bundok ng graba at buhangin pa lang ang naakyat ko haha pero ayon sa inyong mga nagkukwento eh napakahirap nga umakyat ng bundok…so congrats sa pag-abot ng rurok ng tagumpay 😀 at magpataba ka siguro ng konti para di ka hanginin…joke 😀

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    • Hahaha! Salamat Aysa. Oo nga ee scuba diving naman daw next. Nako takot kaya aq sa ilalim ng dagat feeling ko kakainin ako ng mga isda. (seryoso) Ayoko kaya tumaba anorexic daw ako sabi ng jowa ko. Hehehe

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      • Hahahaha…oh masaya yung scuba diving 😀 wag lang pag may aali aligid na pating hahaha….isipin mo na lang masarap sila iulam (yung mga isda) para di ka matakot hahaha….

        Hala anorexic ka…..

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  3. Truth! Masarap si uulam paborito ko kaya yang mga lamang dagat na yan. Kaso baka ako naman ang kainin nila next. Dahil siguro to sa kakapanuod ko ng piranha movies ee.. (nakakapraning) Fish feeding pa more.

    Haha sabi lang nya, ayoko kasi nag kakakain kpag may mabait na nagsabing tumataba ako.

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  4. Congratulations on going up and down Mount Maculot Cuenca. You make it sound that going up was the easy part! All of you look very happy when you were on the way up, but in the photo where you were all going down, it looked like much harder work. Maybe there was a bit of fear that you’d do crashing down since you had no harness. But I’m sure you all took it slow and that’s why you are all safe and sound now 😀

    I haven’t gone much on hikes, at least long ones that take a whole day, due to health issues. But one time I trekked in a jungled when I was in school and was asked to wear long sleeves and pants all the way, or else we would get bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs. I did but still ended up getting bitten anyway 😀

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    • Thanks Mabel. My parents gave precautions from time to time so how can we never forget to be careful? Hahaha I am glad that you don’t let health issues to stop you from experiencing this kind of adventures just take care of the mosquito bite next time. Have you encountered venomous plants? Those are the ones I am really bothered of, plus the snakes. Hehehe

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      • Hahaha. Parents are always ready to warn us when we go out and do physical activity, at least my parents. Or maybe it is an Asian thing 😀 I am not one to touch plants, so I’d have to say no to your question of encountering venemous plants. I am also scared of snakes sneaking up on me. They can move quietly without you knowing 😀

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  5. congrats Chia i am one your followers of your blog, thanks for sharing your adventure, at pag nakita ko mga post mo parang napuntahan ko rin ung mga place na un.

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