Mountain climbing has been one of the emerging hobbies today. The cost is reasonable and the experience is completely rewarding. Though not good for the weak heart as it uses just about every muscle you can imagine. On top of the physical stamina needed to withstand the extensive journeys, mental stability and emotional strength is essential to sustain rigorous climb.
Most of the articles online will tell you that this mountain is apt for beginners, and I wouldn’t argue with any of them since it’s their personal opinion. But I don’t want you to feel shock and off the edge of quitting somewhere in the middle. This is only to give you an idea and clear expectations of what awaits you in the trail. So, is Maculot really good for first timer?
|major jumpoff||Mountaineer’s Store, Brgy. 7 “Siete”, Cuenca|
|exit point (traverse)||Brgy 5 (to Grotto), Cuenca|
|LLA||13°55 N; 121°2 E; 706 MASL (Rockies) / 930 MASL (summit)|
|Difficulty||4/9 (Traverse) Trail class 1-3.|
|features||Scenic views of Taal Lake, rock formations, forests|
As we progress the climb, the trail was getting stiffer and tougher. It was a continuous stiff and narrow all the way. And on a humid day, air would be somewhat stuffy all throughout. It was very exhausting and weakening.
Personally, I do not recommend Mt. Maculot for first time hiker. But if you are up for total adventure, and like the feeling of pushing your body and being out in nature, then go out and try if for yourself.
At the end, climbing mountains isn’t about standing on the top of a pile of rock for a few minutes—it’s about the experience and the lessons you learn along the way and how you are going to use that to better yourself going forward.
- Don’t you ever wear JEANS. It’s impractical, it takes forever to dry, and you will look like you’ve never hiked a day in your life.
- Be friendly to fellow hikers. Be open minded and accepting other hikers
- WEAR comfortable clothes and shoes
- Travel Light
- Waterproof your things, Ziplocs or any plastic bag
- Bring plastic bag to keep your trash
- Refrain from wearing Military prints
Things to Bring
- Personal Medicine / First Aid
- Plastic Bags (for waterproofing)
- Trail Water (minimum 2L each)
- Trail Food
- Packed lunch
- WHISTLE (PLEASE)
|5:00 AM||Board Lemery-bound bus from Buendia|
|7:00 AM||ETA Poblacion in Cuenca|
|7:30 AM||registration at Brgy. Outpost|
|8:00 AM||jump-off point, start Trek|
|11:00 AM||ETA Rockies; Take Pictures|
|12:00 PM||lunch time|
|1:00 PM||set out for the summit|
|2:00 PM||sumit, take pictures|
|2:30 PM||set out for Grotto|
|4:30 PM||ETA Grotto; take pictures|
|4:40 PM||Grotto to Brgy. Pag-asa|
|5:10 PM||Maculot Resort (freshen up)|
|6:00 PM||back at Brgy out post|
|6:40 PM||SM Lipa|
|Expense Description||Expense Amount|
|Buendia to Lemery||PHP 147.00|
|Tricycle from Cuenca to Bry Outpost||PHP 20.00|
|Guide Fee (PHP 1200/9 person)||PHP 133.33|
|Tricycle from Bgy Pag-asa to Resort||PHP 40.00|
|Resort Fee (freshen up)||PHP 50.00|
|Cuenca to Lipa||PHP 25.00|
|Lipa to Manila||PHP 116.00|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||PHP 531.33|
“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.”