Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mt. Manabu

Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 13.9777°, 121.2413°, 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2

Climbing Up the Manabu Peak:
The BACKPACKERS Went "Dirty"

December 21 and 22, 2011 marked The BACKPACKERS' year-ender climb. Needless to say, it was the  Group's Christmas Climb and to celebrate the true meaning of the season, a gift-giving to the mountain's famed keeper, Tatay Perying, was included in the itinerary. The goal was to reach one of the peaks of the Malipunyo mountain range- the Manabu Peak. It was supposedly an easy two- hour climb turned "major" because of some factors that you will find out in the following write-up. As you read on, know why we said we went "dirty" during this climb, which sealed our "Calendar of Adventures 2011".

Here is the story from The BP Lead himself, Ivan Ignacio.

The view seen from the Manabu Peak.

LEVEL 2 ++

The popular catchphrase 'do not underestimate a mountain' came into play as the group had a difficult ascend due to the heavy rainfall that showered the trail making it very slippery and muddy. The lead pack reached the campsite via Tatay Perying's hut trail while the endpack accidentally took a wrong turn and ascended via the longer Grotto trail. This and the other events while trekking added difficulty to this supposedly level 2 mountain.

Esther, a guest climber shows the sign leading to the Group's goal.
As it was raining, the trail had expectedly become muddy and slippery.
This triggered the end pack's confusion as another of this sign was marked "To Grotto", and they mistakenly followed it.

BP Treasurer Jovy accidentally bumped her knee on a rock while ascending via Grotto trail. This prompted the end pack to rest and contact the lead pack for assistance. Ivan, Heinz and Mon traversed the trail to reach and guide the endpack since they were unsure of the trail because it was already dark. Team spirit and never giving up came into play. Kudos to Jovy for her fighting spirit. Despite the aching foot, she still managed to reach the campsite that night.

BP Treasurer Jovy survived the pain and reached the peak with her fighting spirit.
And the climb must go on despite the challenges from a cold and bad weather.

All of the climbers except Esther already knew each other - BPs and guests. The group opted to dine inside Marcelino - the very spacious tent allowed 14 (exception of Conts, DP, Heinz and Percy) of us to huddle altogether. It was a very cold night, and what else is more comforting than body heat? After dinner -the group had socials - games, storytelling, asaran and tawanan portion, with a helping of five Empi light..yung long neck.hehehe.. Socials was even extended when the three (DP, Heinz, Percy) joined the fun.

The Guests and BP Hopefuls
Morning of day two - we made up for the lost opportunity of capturing scenic photos because of the weather and the exhausting assault. The cameramen brought out their cameras and the poses started rolling. The group made a stopover during their descent to give their Christmas basket - a gift from The BACKPACKERS family to Tatay Perying - The famed keeper of Mt. Manabu. He was not there but Tatay Tino, his brother received the gift.

Sweethearts BP Lead Ivan and Angel
BP Vice Ralph and his girl BP Sec Liz
Dee Pee

The adventure ended at the Mountain Rock Resort where we had fun, swam, had an extended socials (for the boys + Esther) and ate delicious dinner. After that, we headed home. It was a very muddy climb - the expected easy climb became challenging because of the unexpected events - but regardless of those, The BACKPACKERS family knows how to handle obstacles through our naturally happy and makulit personalities, teamwork and love for nature and the sport - mountain climbing.

Frank, Angel, and Marion
Mon, Heinz, and Ivan
Dee Pee and Conts
Esther, Conts, Ivan, and Percy
Session by the pool
The resort owner jammed with The BP!
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