By Jalene B.D.S.
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
We went to Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas. This is one of the best mountains to start with if you’re looking for a quick trekking adventure from Manila.
ON THE WAY TO THE PEAK
Before we start, we had a quick orientation. We introduced ourselves and some guidelines were given.
Rule #1: LNT (Leave no Trace) Behind
Rule # 2: Single line only. Team Leader, first in line. Assistant team leader, last row. We’re in the middle
Rule # 3: Enjoy, but do not shout.
WARNING: Be careful. Usually the soil is loose so it’s kind of slippery.
Good thing we started our trek early in the morning. The weather is good; the cool breeze gently welcomes us to enter the mountain. We took a break at every camp along the way to catch our breath and to capture the beautiful scenery.
The locals and some mountaineers we met along the way are very friendly. It’s contagious that we also greet everyone we met, “magandang umaga,” “ingat po….”
The trail to the summit is not that exhausting. Though there was a path there near the peak that made it difficult for me — it’s somehow like a monolith. It’s not that I’m afraid of heights, I’m just afraid of falling.
Overall, this first trek I had is very memorable. Before I left home my father told me “that will be your first and last trek experience.” But when I went home, he told me to buy this brand of shoes because it’s suitable for mountaineers. I guess the photos made him see how happy I was and that made him change his mind. There will be a next time.
3:00 am meet up at 7/11 at the back of SM Megamall
4:00 am ETD to Nasugbu, Batangas (early breakfast, buy packed lunch)
6:00 am ETA at Mt. Batulao jump off (final prep, orientation)
6:30 am Start trek
9:30 am ETA at Mt. Batulao summit
10:30 pm start descent to jump off
1:00 pm ETA at Mt. Batulao jump off (rest, shower)
2:00 pm ETD back to Manila
5:00 pm ETA at Manila