We've had a great adventure last weekend. We climb Mt. Maculot which is located at Cuenca, Batangas. It was my return hike after being inactive for 2 years. The summit of Mt. Maculot is about 930 MASL (meters above sea level) but we didn't went to the summit, instead we went to the Rockies of Mt. Maculot for the famous scenic views of Taal Lake and rock formations. The Rockies is about 706 MASL.
|The Mountaineers Creed: " Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time."|
Here's the start of the adventure. We all agreed to meet at Jollibee in Gil Puyat LRT 1 Station at 10 in the morning. We took our breakfast there while waiting for others to arrive and left at 12 noon. We take a Lemery-bound Jam Liner bus and the ride last for about 2 hours. We arrived at Cuenca, Batangas at 2pm and we bought some stocks in their public market. Then after that, we took a tricycle ride to the jumpoff.
The jumpoff to the Mt. Maculot Rockies is a Mountaineer's Store. We take our lunch (chicken/pork adobo with rice) there and prepare ourselves for the hike. We started the hike at past 4pm.
During the ascent, we experienced many steep trails. There are also many locals that sells buko juice along the trail for 10 pesos so it will not be a problem if you run out of water/gatorade to drink. By the way, in hiking, we always bring 3 liters of water per person: 1 liter for the ascent, 1 liter for the descent and 1 liter for the group that will be used in cooking and for what we call social night.
We reached the campsite at about 6pm and it's quite difficult to find a place for our group because there are many tents installed when we arrived. It's also a proof that Mt. Maculot is very popular for weekend hikes. After finding a place for our group, we installed our tents and we started to cook food for our dinner and socials.
|preparing our dinner and pulutan|
After eating our dinner, we immediately started our socials. It means drinking alcoholic beverages. We do this to counter the cold breeze in the mountains and also for bonding purposes.
|the drinking session|
|our pulutan consists of nachos, jalapeno, sisig and chocolates|
Our socials ended at about 4am in the morning I think. I don't remember the exact time because I'm already drunk. lol. By the way, here's some scenic views during the ascent and on the campsite and also stay tuned for the Mt. Maculot Hike: Day 2.
|some part of Taal Lake|