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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^Great! I'm done for the day, then. Thanks for the greens. Cheers all & happy Sunday!

    (problem was my crappy net, I think)
    Its a small world.

    I'm going to Mt Gulugod next weekend. (hopefully my old knees hold out)

    I'll just add any interesting photos to this thread.

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    Cheers, Tizme. You're welcome to add pics here. It would be nice if you'll go to Sombrero island too - you could do that in the afternoon.

    If going by car, when you reach the Mabini junction (Moira's store), you can either go left or right. If you go right, you'll pass through the town proper & get off at Philpan resort - jump off point. From there, you need to pay the envt fee (40 pesos) and the climb is ~1.5 hrs.

    If you take the road on the left, you'll pass via the coastal road & use the newly built mountain road to go up. From there it's v very near the top. This was the route that Waze directed us to. Your choice if you want the long hike or short one. We were a bit disappointed that the hike up was v short, since we've read in blogs that it takes ~1.5h to reach the top. But it was okay too since we didn't get too tired.

    Whether you take the left or right road, I'm sure your knees can handle it. It's an easy climb with 2/9 difficulty.

    It is indeed a small world. That's what us "city types" do - get away from the city & tend to go to the same places. Haha. There's also Mount Maculot, Makiling & Pico de Loro in nearby areas. Makiling trail is closed due to recent landslide. I'll know by March if they'll allow hikers again during Holy Week - that's peak season for climbing too.

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    @Luigi - aww, how sweet. Is the ring real? Heh...

    Btw, Salamat for all the greens. Much appreciated. Can they be converted to cash to fund my next trip or hike? Heh....
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @Luigi - aww, how sweet. Is the ring real? Heh...

    Btw, Salamat for all the greens. Much appreciated. Can they be converted to cash to fund my next trip or hike? Heh....
    Luigi will give you bitcoins for them.

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    Is Katie getting engaged?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @Luigi - aww, how sweet.


    Is the ring real?
    Sure is K-Pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Is Katie getting engaged?...
    Not to Luigi or any of his multinicks. Wouldn't want to offend the main Mrs or Ms. Bombata.

    Btw, I will accept bitcoins for crowd funding. Heh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Ms. Bombata.
    saw her on YT...Miss Boombutta.




    Nice pics katie.
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    ^ Heh...Good one...

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    One last hijack, sorry K-Pop.




    Boys will be boys.


    Okay, that's out of the system, back to the great thread.

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    Hiking in FlpperLand...Heh...

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    ^^ & ^^^^ no problem guys. Had a chuckle at those vids. Ms. Boombutta is certainly boombastic!

    Meanwhile, back to the topic, which is hiking. I was searching for info about mountains in Batangas, when I found this article about Mt. Lalayag. It's a relatively new hiking destination (and trail) and there are some "buwis-buhay" or death-defying parts.

    Mt. Lalayag: A New Destination For Hikers Found In Batangas - Choose Philippines. Find. Discover. Share.

    There's an embedded video in the article, but for those who don't want to read it, here's the vid. The death-dfying parts are past the 5-min mark, I think. I don't know if my guts will allow me to climb those steps (my hiking friends are "easy hikers" and not serious mountaineers), but maybe if I went with a more experienced gang, I would!



    Will add pics of other hikes when I've more time. Cheers!

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    Definitely good for the booty, hiking is...Been mentioned before...

    Got some nice hills there...And spectacular views...

    Cheers...

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    ^Cheers, bb.

    My body (esp. legs) is still aching from the hike that I did yesterday to Mount Ahit in Lobo, Batangas. I jogged a bit to prepare for the hike, but apparently it wasn't enough! There was a part where we had to use ropes to climb some rocks - was a bit scary, and very tiring afterwards. Now, I walk very slowly, like a 90 y.o. woman. Lol. Good thing is, there were great views! Will update this thread when I have more time & have edited the pics. I need to blank out the faces of the ppl concerned.

    @Tizme - if you're reading this, how was your climb to Gulugod?

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    Good stuff.



    K-Pop will be the first TDer to scale Mt. Everest in a few years.

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    Nice to have some positive posts, great stuff Katie keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post

    @Tizme - if you're reading this, how was your climb to Gulugod?
    it was really good. We took the long route up. Two and a half hours from Philpam Dive Resort, with quite a few rest stops along the way.

    I'll post some video tomorrow.

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    Wrong thread. Sorry.
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    ^ Tis Excellent ... TisMe


    Was your Partner in the walking group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
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    Was your Partner in the walking group?
    Yes. The 3 girls are 2 sisters and a cousin.

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    @Tizme - thanks for the vid, very nice. If you had scheduled your climb one week before, our groups might've met each other at the peak! Our route was the one you took on the way down, as that was the route given by Waze. We also had a group pic at the "famous tree".

    I'll upload pics of Mount Ahit when time permits, prolly during the weekend. As of now, my day job beckons....

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    Was a busy week again. TGI Sunday!

    So, on to the Mount Ahit climb, which I did with friends last Feb. 25. Mount Ahit is in Lobo, Batangas, and around 700+m above sea level (not yet confirmed). Difficulty is 3/9 and trail class is 1-3. (However, I'd peg the difficulty as 4/9, not 3/9, since I've climbed another mountain which was 4/9 and this Mt. Ahit was more difficult than the previous one).

    To go there, we had to travel to the town of Lobo in Batangas, a coastal town. It's also the town where Mount Lalayag is situated (the one in the vid earlier on this page - Mount Lalayag is on our group's bucket list). It took our group ~3h to reach the town of Lobo (btw, "lobo" in Tagalog means wolf or balloon, depending on the pronunciation).

    So anyway, this story begins with a goat - for all you goat-lovers out there.

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    View of Mt. Ahit from the beginning of the hike



    This is the road leading to the jump off point. It's still a very rural town, not like Batangas or Lipa City.

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    Start of the hike!



    We passed by some streams; this was one of those. At this time of year, the streams were dry.
    Btw, the one in red pants is an 11-y.o. girl, the child of one of my friends - so no inappropriate comments, please.

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