Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mt. Gulugod Baboy 2010



Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42'55"N; 120°53'43"E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
(Source: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/08/mt-gulugod-baboy-525.html)


The Backpackers:
Ivan Laurence Ignacio
Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
Len Tomas
Liz Honrade
Ralph Flores
York Advento
Frank Aguilar
Jovy Duremdes
Contz Cirujales
Deepee Piano


Organized by our guest:
Pam Bautista
Ariel Arellano


Mt. Gulugod Baboy: Invading The Swine Spine
By: Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

December 11 and 12, 2010- Team Ariel reached the height, loved the sight, enjoyed the breeze, and invaded Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

A view of the Peninsula taken from the campsite of Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

Boys along the mountain's spine- York, Me (Heinz) and Relph.


Trying the highest point.

Mt. Gulugod Baboy is 525 MASL, standing proud along the Calumpan Peninsula located in Southern Batangas. Popular starting point in climbing this verdant hilly mountain is Mabini, Batangas.



Mabining Simula of the Climb

JAM Bus Station (Buendia, Makati City) - The Team left the metropolis by a rented van at around 9:00AM and reached Philpan Resort in Mabini, Batangas after almost three hours. The mentioned resort offers cottages-for-rent and a pay-per-use restrooms where hikers can prepare and ready prior to the real action. The Team utilized them before dining in a carinderia where buttered chicken, pork sinigang, and mixed vegetables were served for lunch. Burppp!

The landmark for hikers in Mabini, Batangas.


It was around 1:00 PM when we decided to start the climb. Everybody was excited to face the challenge of reaching a destination in a way that is absolutely different from what the city offers- purely walking. 

This road looks very inviting.  Road photography at its best! Photo by Pamela Bautista.


Getting the ball rolling! 




Personally, what makes the climb to Mt. Gulugod Baboy a beginner-friendly course is the fact that there are several restkubo's along the most sloping parts of the trail.



Girls having a couple-of-minute rest in a bahay kubo. Contz, Liz, Jovy and Pam.

Pam, the organizer, allocated a generous three-hourish to climb Mt. Gulugod Baboy (from Philpan to the campsite) giving considerations to first-timers. "Thanks Pam!" said Jovy who vomited and who almost gave up right when we had reached one quarter of the course. We, hikers, want to avoid that so here's a short yet a very good related readings:

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Hiking Tips and Tricks
Now let's see some important hiking tips which will help you to enjoy your sojourn.


Hiking Tip # 1 - Start Early
Hiking Tip # 2 - Be Light
Hiking Tip # 3 - Dress Comfortably
Hiking Tip # 4 - Ground Work
Hiking Tip # 5 - Reduce Number of Breaks
Hiking Tip # 6 - Tip for Children
Hiking Tip # 7 - Tip for Women


(Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/hiking-tips.html)

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If you are going to consider and follow those tips given above during your hiking, you will surely arrive and look like this...

Mountain Champs York, Contz, Ralph, Jovy and Liz

Finally at the Campsite!

The Team finally reached the campsite almost right on the dot... Fourish PM. Wow, i thought it was another paradise on earth! The cold breeze calmed our lungs in no time almost like magic! It was green everywhere which made it very relaxing to the eyes and soul. Grasses formed a vast carpet which covered the hilly summit of Mt. Gulugod Baboy. We built our tents facing the North-East where a beautiful view of the Peninsula looked like a backdrop for a theater play.


Success! Frank and TL Ariel.

Jovy, Pam, and Contz.

Team SUCCESS celebrated!

See the real thing and the backdrop for a theater play?


























Mt. Gulugod Baboy's ceiling

One of the best prizes one gets when on top of a mountain is the priceless opportunity to witness how hypnotic the sun is whenever he sets and rises. Different angles and elements as you get from summit to summit, but equal in beauty and magic!

A sunset.


Nearly sunrise.

The sunrise.


Experiencing the Summit


Watching the sunrise seemed made everybody so energetic. We played at the summit, appreciated every angle of the view from the top, took deep breaths, ran along the mountain's spine, laugh out load together and posed for photographs.















The Descent


Nature is too captivating that you will absolutely fall in love with her. And when we love something or someone, it's kind of a hard task to leave it behind. That was what I exactly felt (and I would like to believe that everybody in the team did) when we were leaving Mt. Gulugod Baboy. But life in the city must go on exactly how this place must be kept serene for the next generations.

The Team Stoppable prior to the descend. From left: Ralph, Len, Ivan, Frank, Jovy, Contz, Dee Pee, TL Ariel, Liz, York, and Me (Heinz)

Thank you, Climb Organizer Pam!

This activity was made possible through the efforts of Ms. Pamela Bautista who served as our Climb Organizer and took most of the photos used for this article. Thanks big time, Ate Pam!

Pam and her escort Frank.


Photo Selection and Captioning by: Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.




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