After our climb in Mt. Batulao while prepping ourselves before indulging a hot bowl of Bulalo and while waiting for others, one question was raised – Where’s our next climb? It left us all giddy, and enthusiastically everyone suggested for a part two of this Bloggers Climb. Since Jherson’s birthday was the nearest, we thought of making a Birthday Climb for him. This time we planned for an overnight stay and for some it is going to be their first, so guarantee that everything would be twice the fun. When someone mentioned Mt. Gulugod Baboy, there was no objection, so there it goes, Mt. Gulugod Baboy it is.
Months before the climb we already have our Facebook Event Page, the planning lasted for like two months but during the Pre-Climb Meeting only five of us showed up. It was a quick meeting to finalize everything – from tents, cook set, things to bring, side trip and we even devised a buddy system to help us with the pacing.
Few weeks before the climb, some problems happened. Gelai, one of the organizers of this event will not be able to make it then one of those who RSVPed had a much more important commitment then one also had to back out because of some family matter and finally what scared me the most was when my manager asked me to render an overtime and tasked me to head a certain project the day of the event itself. Because of prior commitment, I chose the climb and also because it would be more fun climbing another mountain than climbing the stairs of our office.
The day came and what have been decided was for the North group to meet together in Buendia Station while the South group would meet in Alabang. Around eight in the morning all of us met in Batangas Terminal and that’s where the adventure started. We rented a jeepney to take us to the market before heading to Philpan Resort. The travel took us around an hour, just perfect for us to get to know everyone, talk about things and future travel plans.
When we arrived at Philpan, we registered our names then we all decided to take our lunch and wait for two in the afternoon for us to officially start our trek. When we were there, Kuya Globert offered an island hopping package but we ended up taking the Sombrero Island offer for 2,500. While waiting, we shared stories and jokes over ice cream and our lunch.
2PM came and we started our trek with a prayer. What welcomed us was an assault and I never expected it. I had with me 3 kilos of rice and the canned goods and it’s as if I was punishing myself with all the weight I had to carry. But it was all part of my act for I was trying to make it as a practice climb for my dream climb in Pulag. I also decided to fasten my pace and as much as possible not to consume lots of water but I failed to do the latter.
After three hours I reached the peak of Mt. Pinagbanderahan and JV was already there waiting. As always, the feeling was the same every time I reach a summit. It feels as if I’m being rejuvenated and yes it was all worth it. When the others arrived, we did some photo ops then proceeded to set up our tents. We also went to prepare our dinner, waited for the Earth Hour and witnessed some parts of Batangas that decided to join the said event. After dinner, we went to surprised Jherson with *drum roll please* – off course, a birthday cake.
Then happened the best part of all, the socials. We were able to talk about almost everything – show business, love life, blogger crushes and we even had some games. As much as I want to divulge the things that I know, I’m sorry but what happened in Gulugod stays in Gulugod. And up to date – that was the best and the longest socials I have had.
We woke up the following day at around six in the morning and found ourselves in a mountain covered with fog. We waited for the clearing but nothing happened so when the clock hit seven we decided to trek down to meet Kuya Globert so we can proceed with our beachineering.
The trek going down was easy, I made it for just thirty minutes and it was non-stop. This time, another mountain was added on my list and another experience was added on my treasure chest of memories. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and to my co-bloggers and mountaineer friends, ’til the next Bloggers Climb.
Itching to go on a hike? Try this easy treak and follow : Travel Guide to Mt. Gulugod Baboy for the itinerary.