WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

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WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

I miss the mountains.  I never did day hike my entire life.  Even on my university days when camping was my curriculum for PE on one semester, it has to be an overnight stay and I remember being in the lone group who brought spaghetti and cakes up in the mountains for a meal.  Wherever I am, I have to be pampered during travel.

But change is inevitable and routines are meant to deviate.  Through an invitation of my favorite travel buddies, I don’t know why I heeded the call and did the day hike.  It has been two years since I climbed a mountain in Batangas. And for most of the times after which, my travels focused on touristy routines and staycations.  My companions assured me it’s going to be a slow-paced “pabebe” climb – whatever that means – at Mt. Maculot of Batangas.


Being quite familiar with Mt. Maculot trail, I know there would be a lot of stopovers and resting stations where buko juice and halo halo will be offered, on the same level as Mt. Batulao.

We left Manila at around 5:30 in the morning with meet-up at the Buendia Bus Terminal.  The DLTB bus bound for Lemery, Batangas was ready to go when we arrived at the terminal.  In the 2.5 hours of travel time, we dozed off.

For mountaineers, this would be the easiest mountain to climb.  The trail is well-defined and with ropes on some portions, aiding the ascent and descent of hikers. 

The trail started with a concrete pavement which was not the case years ago.  I found it strenuous that as soon as the ascent started I have to condition myself and climb at my own pace.  The scenic view of the lake and lush mountains was a treat in itself.

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOTWORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT
  
As we arrived at the base camp, I noticed that the vicinity is already well-maintained.  No trash and plastics from the campers surround.  There is a small sari-sari store at the base camp where we opted to have our lunch and requested for pancit canton to be prepared at a minimal fee.  There were less hikers as well, maybe because it was a Sunday and only a few would pitch their tents for an overnight stay.

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

A mountain full of rocks then came into view, apt to be named The Rockies.  Following reports of fatal incidents at the Rockies, the hiring of a mandatory local guide is a good way to prevent it.  I never looked down while rock climbing.  If we did not avail of a local guide I could have crawled just to reach the peak, necessarily bumping my head on boulders and sharp stones.  I am no longer physically fit I said to myself.  But still, I have to get going and we all managed to reach the peak through the assistance of our tour guide.

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

It was midday when we reached the peak.  The scorching sun never bothered us.  We had a 360-degree view of the famous mountains of Batangas like Batulao and Pico de Loro as well as the smallest volcano in the world, Taal and the scenic lake that surrounds.

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

We were at the Rockies for almost an hour.  Devoid of shade of trees, I managed to hide under a boulder and took photos of the scenery from time to time.

Though Mt. Maculot is known to some hikers for a traverse route of Grotto-Summit-Rockies, we have decided beforehand that we only go to the Rockies.  After all, this will be the first of the series of climbs that we intend to do all-together.

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

There was never a dull moment for the almost five (5) hours that we had at Mt. Maculot including the climb itself.  And so, everyone had a good rest at the bus en route to Manila and I woke up early the following day, going to the office refreshed and rejuvenated.

I’m back at the mountains – though not as energetic as before (aging?) – and I have found new climb buddies for me to explore more mountains (I wish).

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

WORTH THE ROCK CLIMB AT THE ROCKIES OF MT. MACULOT

How To Get There From Manila

Take the Lemery-bound bus from Buendia or Cubao with approximate travel time of two (2) to three (3) hours (PhP150.00 one way fare).  Be dropped-off at Poblacion of Cuenca, Batangas where there’s a wet market and tricycles are parked.  Hire a tricycle (PhP20.00 each) to take you to the Registration Area (PhP20.00 fee for each) and the jump-off area.  One person in the group is required to leave an ID card.  A group is not allowed to hike without a local guide. (PhP500.00 guide fee to be divided by members of the group)


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1 comments

  1. wow! this is the nice place and amazing. I want to visit there. How can I visit could you please explain me? because I'm camping lover.

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