I turned down 3 climb invites (Mt. Kinabalu, G2 and Mt. Mayon via Ligaw Trail) just to save my Vacation Leave Credits for this mountain.
For hiking enthusiasts, reaching the summit of Mt. Mantalingajan (Mt. Mallnuu) is a dream and traversing it is beyond achievement. To give you an overview, this mountain is rated 9/9 as its difficulty level and categorized as Major climb with a possible 6 days to traverse it by pinoymountaineer.com
This peak is one to the most prominent peaks within Mariveles and became the venue for my last training climb before Mt. Matalingajan.
Reaching the jump off can be a hassle if you do not have a private vehicle. From Manila, ride a bus going to Balanga, Bataan then ride another bus going to Bagac.
As far as I can remember, scheduled first trip for buses going to Bagac is around 5:00am and reaching Bagac Frienship Tower will consume for about 2hours travel.
Then a hired tricycle is needed to reach the Jumpoff, “Gabon” Sitio Duhatan, Brgy. Saysain.
It was during the Habagat incident of 2012 when I had my first attempt to reach the well known Tarak Ridge in Bataan. Continuous rain for 2 days hindered us from reaching the summit and Papaya River was then our playground for 2 days.
A "revenge" climb was then planned however it did not materialized. 9 months after, this ridge became my first training climb activity in preparation for Mt. Mantalingajan Traverse.
Tarak was not part of the list of possible training climbs however it topped out the options I had when I learned that this ridge can be traversed.
So I took a bus routed to Alas Asin, Batangas thinking that in case I cannot find any Guide (only few guides knew the traverse trail) I will proceed via the traditional trail.
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