Oct 31, 2015

LSS of the Week


This is my feel good song for the week. It could be my LSS for a month. I will try to make a cover of this song but not sure if I am going to upload it here. haha

Oct 24, 2015

Mt. Pico de Loro

©Ryan Racca of Kamusta Magazine


Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas 

Jump-off point: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite/Sitio Fronda, Brgy. Papaya, Ternate-Nasugbu Highway, Nasugbu, Batangas
LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL
Days required: 1-2 days
Hours to summit: 2-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb
Difficulty: 3/9
Trail class: 1-3


It's been more than a year since my last hike (at Mt. Batulao). I'm really itching to hike again - I think “The Mountains Are Calling, and I Must Go…”  -John Muir. *wink emoticon*

Since I still tag myself as a "beginner", I joined mountaineering groups on FB and looked for their hiking events. Fortunately, I found Ahon Mountaineering Club offering a dayhike at Mt. Pico de Loro.

Here's the target itinerary:

0230 - meetup at Jollibee Cubao farmers
0300 - ETD Cubao
0630 - Start Trekking
1030 - Summit
1200 - Lunch/Photo ops
1400 - Back to Jumpoff
1700 - bath time
1800 - ETD Cubao

"Target" itinerary because changes are expected due to rainy weather on the day of hike.

Rain, strong wind, heavy fog and muddy trail welcomed us. Those factors made an "easy climb" a tough one for me especially I am not wearing hiking shoes *scratches her head*. Muddy trail is a stuggle and made me stumble and fall several times. Oh well... Lesson learned... *scratches her head again*

PHOTOS! (sorry for the lowres)

Here's us, preparing at the jump-off.

Groupie! What a huge group it is?!

At the summit. Look how muddy my shoes have become. (This is Adidas Climacool Fresh 2. Don't use this as hiking shoes because it is definitely not hiking shoes. However, you may wear rubber shoes with good grip.)

Zero visibility *cries an ocean* This mountain deserves a revenge climb!

This is the clearest view of the monolith I can capture. I was not able to climb the monolith because I am not confident with my shoes. Safety first as what they say.

The obligatory mountain top photo.

Ahon salute!