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    After the picnic, short rest and photo ops, it was time to descend the mountain. This is the start of the descent.


    There were no ropes here. You had to be careful of your footing, or hold on to the grasses for support.



    Btw, our ascent was ~2.5 hours, descent was ~3h due to several rest breaks. Our guide said that our group was somewhat fast. The ascent is usually done in 2-3 hours. Two hours for experienced mountaineers, 3 hours for amateurs - so our group was intermediate in speed. The guide also said that some people give up when climbing the roped part (due to the difficulty) and/or some cry due to fear. For me, the roped part was really a bit scary, since if you lost your footing or happened to let go of the ropes - you're kaput. We didn't wear any harness (probably should have). Would I climb Mt. Ahit again? Probably yes, but I would prepare better for it - jog more, run uphill or up/down stairs, do pull-ups or push-ups, etc.
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    Start of the rope descent - no pics during the middle part of it since I valued my safety more than taking pics.
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    ^^^Cheers BLD, Luigi & David48.

    A friend's shoe was detached, so our guide did a little first aid on his shoe, using duct tape. Duct tape came in handy at this point!

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    During the descent, I saw these fruits up on a tree. I don't know what they're called, but I also saw them near the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. AFAIK they're not edible.



    Back in the forest, there were some areas with dense growth of ferns.
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    It's good that I wore leggings, since after some time, there were a lot of these things.
    What are they called in English? I only know the local name.
    My friends who wore shorts had itchy legs afterwards, due to these prickly stuff.

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    Our guide offered us young coconuts (buko) for 25 pesos each. We took up his offer at one of the rest stops. Very refreshing!


    Y'all know what coconuts look like
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    This was our guide, cutting up the coconuts
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    At that rest area, there were also lots of lichens on the trees. Lichens are symbiotic associations of algae & fungi.
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    More plants along the way... some capsicum (chilies) to spice up your life ...


    and wildflowers
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    At another rest station (the one near the hut of our guide), we spotted a kakao (cocoa) tree.


    Our guide gave us some fruits to taste. They get the seeds, dry and roast them to make kakao (cocoa).


    It was my first time to eat the seed of the kakao tree. It was sweet-sour, a bit like santol (Sandoricum koetjape).
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    Still during the descent, we passed by a family of goats!



    More goats!
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    The route we took for the descent was different from that of the ascent. It was supposedly a shortcut (accdg to the guides), but it didn't seem too short. We passed by coconut groves on the way back.



    This stream had a little water. The previous ones we passed were all dry.
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    At last, we were back to civilization! Here's one of the peaks (not the one that we climbed - it was the opposite peak), viewed from below. We were blessed with good weather - it was cloudy and not too hot.


    Some pigeons


    The path to the mountain is in between these two houses - the one with the green boat (partially hidden).
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    After a late lunch (rice & chicken-pork adobo), we changed clothes and went to the beach for a quick dip.
    Lobo, Batangas is a coastal town. One side mountains, on another side the sea.



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    It was a public beach, and a rocky one at that. The waves were very strong that afternoon - we didn't stay long.



    Fishing boats



    People in that community are mostly farmers and/or fishermen. But there are members of the community who have worked/ are working abroad (and sending money), so there are some big houses too.
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    This is halo-halo - an iced dessert/snack



    Bananacue - fried bananas (plantains) on a stick. My friends bought some (I didn't - the halo-halo was enough).
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    Time to go home... passed by a lighthouse. This lighthouse is used as location in one of the soap operas currently shown in local TV.


    Take me home, coastal road, to the place I belong. East Batangas, mountain mamas, take me home, coastal road.
    (to the tune of Take Me Home, Country Road).

    There were areas wherein the road wasn't cemented, so it was a bumpy ride.
    Pic was taken from a moving van - I had the window seat.


    That ends the story of the Mount Ahit climb. Cheers all!
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