Mt. Batulao: My First Real Mountaineering Experience

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.

From 17, we were down to 4. The final four with our tour guide, Eddie

From 17, we were down to 4. The final four with our tour guide, Eddie

Batulao 1

An initial glimpse of what was in store ahead of us

Batulao 2

Can’t believe we were able to traverse that part!

Batulao 4

Meet the final 3. The SUMMIT!

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.

Common Expenses:

  • Guide – 400 per group
  • Registration – 20 per head
  • Buko Juice – 15 per glass
  • Halo-halo – 35 per glass
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