Jan 20, 2012

Mt. Maculot

While the crowd flocked at Cebu City for Sinulog Festival, Mt. Makulot was also flocked by non-hikers, hikers and mountaineers-alike (I saw 4 German nationals) , with more than 200 people in the campsite. This was happened last weekend (January 14-15) during the heat of Sinulog festival in Cebu City, with a fair and good weather condition.
Indeed Mt. Makulot (Cuenca, Batangas, PH) is the most celebrated mountains in Southern Tagalog, with just an elevation of 1968 feet (830 masl) above sea level, and it usually takes two to three hours to climb, even the Everest summiteers climbed this mountain. The proximity, accessibility, finances, and sight, still Mt. Makulot is the most popular dayhike destinations.
It’s more than 5 years ago since I’ve climb this level one mountain in Cuenca, Batangas, after trekking at dark with the light of our headlamp, at around 8:10 pm I’m here again at Mt. Makulot together with the 17 staff and friends of St. Cabrini Cancer Institute.
We haven’t finished our meal yet but there are more and more hikers coming up and looking for a place to set a tent and found nothing but a rough and uneven ground. We’re just lucky to find a place good for eight tents hehehe.
Soon the dawn revealed we packed our things eat breakfast and prepared for the scenic view at the Rockies. From the campsite it usually takes 15 to 20 minutes + traffic due to volume of hikers to go to The Rockies. Though it was just a short distance be careful not to play jokes, coz one has to pass a narrow track with cliffs of both sides, and climb to some big rocks. A scenic reward with a panpramic view of the Taal lakes and Volcano awaits you, with the Tagaytay ridge and Batangas plains in a clear day. The cogon grass grows higher this time so wear protective clothing if you don’t want to cut your skin with cogon. (Sadly most of us don’t really know the outdoor ethics; there were still some vandals on the rocks up here.) More photos on facebook.

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