This was the first climb I organized for P.A.C.K.E.R.S. right after our Manta Traverse. I've been to Pantingan via traditional trail and Tarak via Paniquian Traverse. So basically this blog is focused more on the traverse trail.
The traverse trail will start from Pantingan Summit going to Bakwat River (Camp site for the day). The summit has a small open space just enough for resting, while battling to a weedy and few full descents with rope segments were needed just to reach the River.
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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