We had to take the new trail to finish our training and have our lunch. It was nice to see Mt. Batulao once again and surely will be back soon. We will have a race here in a few weeks too. Bye for now Batulao, I’ll be back. Thank you for unfolding your beauty for us. We are blessed. It’s a great climb and run for me :) Ready for the Salomon XTrail Run in the next few days.
As we reached the summit, we were not surprised to see more runners and mountaineers. As we waited for our fellow runner who took the other trail, we opted to rest and enjoy the our stay there :) Time for photos!
It was a sunny morning during our run. I can’t help but pause and take a moment to appreciate this beautiful view :)
It was starting to get hotter as we approached the summit and we need to finish as early as we can. But view, how can you not not stop and look at it? :) Welcome to our playground <3
Since this is a trail run training, I was surprised to see how fast we reached the fork where it will lead to two different trails: the old trail and new trail. A lot has changed since I visited this place a few years ago and almost did not realize that I was already at the fork. We’re taking the old trail first ;)
April 19, 2015 – Just a few days before Salomon Xtrail Run, we chose to have our training at Mt. Batulao in Batangas. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been here and coming back made me look forward to seeing this beautiful mountain again :)
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Our target time to reach the guide’s house: 2 hours :) And we have to run like crazy to make it and wash up then catch the last minibus to travel back to the bus station in Balanga so we can finally go home to our families :) This is a nice way to end our adventurous year. This is my mountain no. 19
It’s just the three of us this time. For a valid reason, one of could not join us in this adventure :( Arrangements with the guide are already made and this trek has been postponed several times due to some unexpected hindrances and conflict of schedules. We had to push through that weekend and I am glad we did because the next week was the arrival of the typhoon Ruby.
We may not have gotten the clearing at the summit that we hoped for but this still is a beautiful sight to remember :) I am going home with a big smile on my face, happy to spend time with my friends and funny and new memories to share :)
I just realized I was already staring at our next climb 6 months ago :) We’re almost done climbing Bataan’s mountains.
What a difference a day makes. Goodbye for now Pantingan Peak, maybe we’ll try once again. It was a pleasure to discover your unique beauty even if we were not able to see most stunning part of it. I am still glad we chose you to be our last climb for the year :) Your good memories will always stay with me. This is still a good climb for me :)
This leads to the traverse trail of Pantingan. We’re not going there :D Using this trail takes 2 days to reach the summit and a lot harder than the one we already did. See the fog almost covering up the summit. It’s time to go :)
Sadly, it was foggy and windy when we reached the top. It was like there was a storm when we were there :( Mother nature has not given us a chance to see the beautiful view this time :( It was all white all the way with the gusts of winds that’s so strong we can’t stand still long enough for the photos. We spent a few minutes taking pictures and making the most of it while we were there. I was disappointed but still glad to reach the top. I am proud that I’ve made it this far.
The next day we had to wake up early, have breakfast and start our trek to assault to the summit. It’ll take 3 hours to reach the summit with our normal pace so we better start early and make it back to the campsite in time for lunch, break camp and rush back to guide’s house to wash up and catch the last trip back to Balanga, Bataan. But the real challenge in this part of the climb is: the battle with the limatiks (bloodsucking leeches) that will be facing along the way. It was gloomy that morning and a few drizzles which we suspected that it might not be a clear view when we reach the summit :( But I am still hoping it’ll change.
It’s very hard to see these creatures in the dark. I’m always excited to see these. The feeling is very much different when you see them up close than looking at them in photos :) The feeling of amazement like a child seeing things for the first time.
Our adventures have always been exciting not just with the stunning view of the mountains but also finding unusual animals that we encounter. Yes, that is a spider and it’s green! It kinda looked like it glows too in the dark :)
With a lot of time in our hands, after lunch and pitching our tents, it’s time to relax and enjoy the cool and clean water of the river :) This is so much fun for me!
Hello Kitty loving the sight of the river. It’s been a year for us to explore mountains and finding rivers like this still exist :)
After an hour of trekking, we finally reached the river before lunch time. This is unusual for us to reach camp before lunch :) We decided to stay there for the night and will assault to the summit early in the morning. We had enough time to relax and catch up. This is the break I was looking forward for months. I’ve been busy with work, swimming and running for the past few months.
Entering Danny’s Gate, the trail will be steeper and more challenging. Looking back, we leave the grasslands and forest. A great view looking back and seeing how far we’ve come. Happy to finally be doing this again after months of waiting :)