For someone like me who craves for adventure and lives for the thrill of life itself, I am on the constant lookout for whatever that will make my adrenaline rush. I like to be challenged, and I want my limits to be tested. Fair enough, I have found my match with Mt. Marami’s 5-hour trek to the summit and 4-hour trek down. Not to mention the assault, the heat, and the razor-sharp weeds along the trail that resulted to sun burn, leg pain, and various cut on my arms. True enough to what have others said, Mt. Marami has nailed the basic formula for adventure.
Before the, “Are we there already?””How many hours more?” and the countless take 5’s, our journey all began when an overnight climb at Tarak did not push through. As the organizer of the said event, I decided to climb Mt. Marami as an alternative.
0600 ETD Manila to Naic | Meetup at Coastal Mall
0700 ETA Naic
0715 ETD Naic to Ramirez
0800 ETA Brgy. Ramirez / Registration at Brgy. Hall
0815 Start Trek
1400 ETA Summit
1500 Start Descent
1900 ETA Brgy. Ramirez/Wash up
1930 ETD Ramirez to Naic (Rented jeepney)
2000 ETA Naic / Dinner
2100 ETD Naic to Manila
2200 ETA Manila
We started a bit late as we have to adjust our time with one of our friend’s work schedule. For convenience, I suggest that you go much earlier than 6AM and just make some adjustments with our itinerary above.
The trek to the summit isn’t that technical, and it is not that hard either. The only thing that went our way was the distance of the summit as it was as if traversing another mountain. We went through a variety of trails, and we had to do river crossing for three times. It was quite a refreshing environment as it was like a mixture of Talamitam, Pico De Loro and Makiling. There were a few assault but it is not that hard. It was half way through our climb, when we felt the exhaustion, and to make the matters worst, one of our friends got sick.
By then, we were a few kilometers away from the summit, but we were too far from the jump-off point. Safety is my primary concern for every event that I organize, and it may not be that evident, but I was already in dilemma that time. I was thinking of alternative plans if ever our friend doesn’t feel like she can still do it. We had our lunch and rested first and good thing is, after a few minutes, she told us that she can still manage.
It was two hours after, and that’s when we reach the summit of Mt. Marami. The view is nothing short of spectacular. Mt. Pico De Loro and its Monolith is peaking at the distance, and Mt. Batulao is visible as well. The wind was quite strong, and the feeling of being there was really a relief.
From where we stand, the famous Silyang Bato was just a few meters away. I thought it was that dangerous on photos or maybe it’s just that my definition of danger is not as extreme as that of everyone. After a couple of shots, I hurriedly ran my way to the Silyang Bato.
The trek down became a challenge to us. We thought, we can have it done in a swift but we were wrong. We were running out of water and we were left with no choice but to get one on a not-so-clean spring (it was the only water source available, so its either we drink from it or we pass out from exhaustion and thirst).
The descent was really a struggle even if the trail was not that hard. It was really the long trek back to the jump-off point that tested our spirit.
Four hours after and that’s when we reached the Barangay Hall. We rested for a bit, took a shower and went back to Manila tired and exhausted. After the said event, one thing was proven, Mt. Marami is a true test of patience.
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36 php: Jeep to Brgy. Ramirez/Magallanes
500 php: Guide fee / group
800 php: Rented jeepney to Naic (divided by to # of your group)
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