@ Peak 8 New Trail
The power of social networking is indeed a great venue to meet new friends. Sir Jay found my profile from a social networking site and pinged me if he can join sa mga climb ko in the future.
Kakasimula din nya magmountain hike at kagagaling lang nya from Mt. Gulugod Baboy at nakapagvolunteer work na din siya sa Bukidnon kung saan assignment niya requires mountain hiking to meet the locals.
Mt. Batulao was the first mountain na naakyat ko 10 months ago. Kasagsagan ng Bagyong Mina noon at hindi masyadong maganda ang view kasi puro ulap. (My First Climb)
4.30am we met sa McDonald - Taft MRT station where I bought my packed breakfast and lunch. We headed to the Bus Terminal, located sa likod lang ng McDonald, and rode a bus that will pass Evercrest Golf Course (Jumpoff point) for P106.00 only.
From Jumpoff point, we hired a tricycle for P50.00 papuntang "short cut" (Note: For P100.00 pwede din pahatid going to School). From Short cut all the way up was muddy dahil sa Bagyong dumaan noong weekdays. We took the New Trail traversing to Old Trail para exciting ang akyat ni Sir Jay
Asan na ang Statue?
Sa akyat na to, mas naappreciate ko ang ganda ng Batulao kasi may clearing at kitang kita mo ang range, knife edges ng Batulao. Ganda!
Medyo marami ng nagbago sa Trail. Marami ng diversions, nawala na yung nakatira na Foreigner sa may Peak 7 (new trail), may nagbebenta na ng alak sa Peak 8 (New Trail). At Peak 8 we registered for P20.00 each for dayhike (P25.00 overnight) and rested for a while. Kunting chit chat muna sa caretaker about sa incident na may nahulog sa may Peak 8.
Reaching the summit, hinanap ko kaagad ang statue ni Virgin Mary kaso wala na pala duon yun. We stayed for an hour sa summit, savor the moment and I let Sir Jay take his moment.
Shop @ Peak 1 - Old Trail
We met a group when we did traversed via Old Trail na may kasamang Pusa.... hehehehe. Nakisabay lang daw yun sa kanila. I remembered noong unang akyat ko, aso naman yung nakisabay sa amin noon. We took our last Take 5 sa Peak 1 and registered for P20.00. May souvenir shop na din doon. Keychain (with birthstone), Shirt and Bracelets then bought a glass of Fresh Buko juice sa isang local (right after pagtawid sa river).
A successful traverse with a new friend ended that day. Tired yet still overwhelmed sa ganda ng Batulao.... one day I'll be back.....this time magovernight naman ako. :)
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