Disclaimer: This post was supposed to be published in May 2014. 🙂
If you want to experience real mountain climbing as a beginner, I think Mt. Batulao is one of the mountains that should definitely be on your list. All the plyometrics and conditioning training I had in Elorde Makati was put to good use during this climb.
This climb was planned months and months ahead. This was planned at the same time that I planned Taal Volcano. But as the old Pinoy saying goes, ang planadong lakad ang biharang matuloy. In the end, only 4 of us managed to proceed with the trip. We did not let that ruin this though.
We started SLEX at around 6 AM, and we reached the jumpoff in Evercrest at around 8:30 AM. Good thing the SLEX traffic cooperated that we did not encounter any traffic areas at all.
The roped segments were actually easier than it initially seemed. At first, I thought I would struggle big time because of my weight, but it was actually a breeze. What actually was difficult was the descent from the summit, since the trail was a bit sandy that I had to crawl on my butt to ensure that I won’t just slide down the trail.
- Guide – 400 per group
- Registration – 20 per head
- Buko Juice – 15 per glass
- Halo-halo – 35 per glass