C3 – Maculot Traverse Dayhike
April 9, 2011
A few weeks (or one week) before the holy week, I decided to go to Maculot with my friend, Felix, and climb – sort of preparation for him for Mt. Pulag. He has climbed Makiling (UPLB side) before but that was a long time ago.
This will be my first climb where I don’t have a more seasoned companion, where I don’t know the mountain or the trail (except for some research on http://www.pinoymountaineer.com). Our plan was to go up the grotto side, then go down the rockies side.
We climbed to Grotto, which, according to some locals is not the correct trail going up (as it is much harder due to boulders and steep slopes) and that it is being used by people to go down from grotto.
Coffee bean ingested then excreted by civet cat.
We took some pictures in the grotto then halo-halo in the huts and stores set up by the locals. (Pilgrims climb the grotto during holy week as it has stations of the cross – which we didn’t see since we took the wrong trail).
At the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (with Pieta beside it).
It started to drizzle and the trail going to the summit is foggy, slightly wet but really good (many trees).
We reached the summit but it was a disappointment – just a small clearing with no views and lots of garbage. It also started to rain.
The descent from the summit is much harder than the ascent due to the slippery trail (mud caused by the rain). I slipped going down, good thing Felix was descending on all fours, otherwise, we’d both go tumbling down.
After an hour or so, we reached the campsite, ate lunch then went to the famous rockies.
The Rockies is a small outcrop of rocks and overlooks the Taal lake. We didn’t get a very good view of the lake due to the fog.
The descent was supposedly easier but Felix has a harder time descending than climbing so it took us longer. Some washup and off we went home.
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Felix and I in the rockies.