After a good climb last December, I was very eager to climb again. Planning would get me excited, and it really is nice to have something to look forward to especially when your time is mostly eaten up by work/studies.
BF and I decided to organize another minor climb, this time at Mt. Batulao. Since I haven’t done much climbing yet, most of the organization, and other responsibilities were taken care of BF, while I simply invited people and kept the registrations, itinerary, and other documentations stuff .
Surprisingly, we were able to gather a bigger group of people for this climb. It was fortunate that the scheduled date (March 1 – 2) was convenient for everyone and was no last minute backing outs among those who confirmed.
Now, to get to Mt. Batulao, you would have to take one bus ride from the DLTB bus terminal along Buendia. After, more or less, a three-hour bus ride, you’ll have to get down at Evercrest Golf Course… and you’re on your way! Actually, some would prefer to take a tricycle ride going up to the jump off point, while some would simply start walking… We just walked. 🙂
One member of the group was late because the bus he rode broke down, so we started the climb by 8:30. Contrary to the previous climb (see here and here), this trail was more complicated, with lots of combination of assaults, ascending, descending, and straight narrow paths. Take a little time to pause and see if you have a clear sky, because the stars are simply AMAZING. It took us about two hours to finally reach peak seven, where we were able to find us enough space for the group to pitch camp.
Including our group, we were about four groups at the location where we put up our base camp. Considering the number of people who stayed there that night, I would say that peak 7 was a good choice for a base camp.
The next day, we found out that just below the next peak (peak 8) is
also a good spot for a base camp. There is also a small store here, and a “restroom”.
I found the descent to be more exhausting than the climb th previous night. The majestic sun didn’t shy away from showing off its power and we were thirsty about half the time. It was a good thing that along the trail, scattered are few stores run by locals selling fresh buko (coconut) juice, halo-halo, and Mountain Dew. By peak 4 or 5 (sorry, I forgot which), one can enjoy lugaw along the refreshments.
We only spent P222 per person for the transportation to and fro, plus a little over a hundred for the Arroz Caldo for breakfast of day 2 (at peak 8 yo!), drinks and halo-halo. After-climb bath cost P20 per person at the sari-sari store in front of Evercrest (where we got down fro the bus on day 1). After the climb, we all went our separate ways, and BF and I went to Tagaytay for lunch which cost us about an extra 500 (inclusive of the jeepney ride to Tagaytay and the lunch itself). Overall, BF and I have spent about P1100 for the climb and side trip. Not bad at all! 😀
Looking back, organizing a big group after a climb with only four people was tougher than I thought it would be. There were many challenges that go with keeping a bigger group organized, especially if many in the group initially haven’t met each other yet. And giving instructions do not indicate whether the participants would actually follow or not. Unluckily, there were a few “campingers” (click here for definition) in our group… Nonetheless, I would consider the climb a success as new friendships and memories were created alongside new plans of more climbs together in the future! 🙂
Click here for the itinerary for this climb.
Your little buddy.