Hiking matters #22: Mt. Matarem / Same old Maculot

Mt. Matarem on Manila Bulletin
My climb last April in Mt. Matarem together with the Sarreal siblings and my brod Gerome was published in Manila Bulletin this Sunday (August 10), in an article entitled “The enchanting trail of Mt. Matarem“. It is nice to reminisce about Batanes, truly one of the most beautiful places in the country. Click this link to view the article in Manila Bulletin Online.

Same old Maculot

At the first opportunity to escape from hospital work, I climbed Mt. Maculot on Saturday with one of my mountaineering mentors, Sir Bambi Guevara, and my blogging partner Ivan Henares.
We left Manila at around 0800H and started climbing at 1000H. Even with a relaxed pace, the Maculot trail up the Rockies can take just less than a hundred minutes
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At the campsite and the Rockies, nothing has changed. Taal Lake lay perfectly still, and the breezes were refreshing – counteracting the sunshine. The talahib was as obstructive as ever; Aling Rose still operates the ‘7-11’ – and the halo-halo was enticing as ever especially on a day that turned to be sunny. The locals assured me that Maculot safer than ever; there have been no untoward incidents for over a year and with the bridge to Cuenca repaired last May, climbers continue to flock on weekends.I remember my first climb in Maculot when I was 13 or 14 years old; it was a family outing. My younger brother, then 8, joined up and he together with my younger cousins just slid their way down from the campsite to the jumpoff! Our titos and titas chatted over halo-halo while we explored the Rockies, as well the forest up to the summit, where I saw my first wild boar.

Last year I went to Maculot twice. The first one in February was with my classmate Pao – we cut classes to climb on a weekday: the result was having the mountain all to ourselves. Then I went back with the UP Med Outdoor Society in August.

Exactly a year later, I’m thankfully back. At the summit we met some members of a group called Team Sagul, plus some Korean trekkers. Meanwhile, on the way down I was pleasantly surprised to come across Sir Orly Ylaya and Albin Juta (with blogger on photo)- my companions from G2 and Amuyao – together with their fellow hikers from Nestlé.

Seeing nice views, meeting friends new and old, and catching a breathe of mountain air — that’s just about it. That’s what a nice daytrip means to me and today, that’s exactly what i got!

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Anonymous
7 years 5 months ago

hello sir.gid plz pasali naman sa org.namin dito sa Digos city.kami po ang DAM INC. Digos Active Mountaineers Inc.sa blog ninyo.ito po yung main site namin. http://dam2006.blogspot.com

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Anonymous
8 years 9 months ago

elow sir,,pki rcgnize nmn ng grupo nmin…tnx a lot… GOD blez u ol… ”blue devils mountaineering club”..mbhay ang pinoy mountaineer’s..

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Anonymous
8 years 9 months ago

elow sir….tga bansalan davao del sur poh kmi… nag iisng mountainrng club po d2 smin…. ”BLUE DEVILS MOUNTAINEERing club” tnx….GOD blez u ol..

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Anonymous
8 years 11 months ago

hello sir am (DAM) DIGOS ACTIVE MUONTAINEERS INC. KAMI LANG PO YONG GRUPO dito sa digos.. na malapit na pong e- introduce ng MFPI, recently this coming december mfpi forum.. DAM po kami dit sir

Thanks sa pag recognition ha?

god be with you always,
DAM

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9 years 9 days ago

Yeah Sir Gid. We had a nice nice climb. it was quite humid inside the tent though. It was not as cold as when we were there last december.