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    Hiking in the Phils

    Hi all, I thought I'd do a thread on some of the hikes that I've done in recent years. I decided to put them in one thread, instead of making one for each hike, since for some of the hikes I only have a few pics and I don't feel it's enough to make its own thread. This will also be my first thread after the Photobucket purge from last year, so let's see if the pics will load (and if I still know how to post pics!).

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    Last Friday (Feb. 16), it was a holiday (Chinese New Year), so some friends and I planned to hike to Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. Mt. Gulugod Baboy means "pig's spine" since the place is more of rolling hills and shaped like a pig's spine. There are three peaks and the highest is 525+ meters above sea level (masl). It's a minor climb and relatively easy; difficulty is 2/9 and trail class is 1-2. I got this info from the pinoy mountaineer blog, which is very useful for DIY hikers like me.

    Mt. Gulugod-Baboy (525+) - Pinoy Mountaineer

    We started out by hiking on paved roads. We had to get out of the car (a sedan) since it couldn't climb with a full load (6 ppl). Anyway, here are some pics. Let me know if they load.
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    Good one, Katie...I read that as Badboy...I miss my mountain hikes...Still walking about 6 clicks per day...For warm-up...

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    PI - the only Christian country in Asia.

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    Speaking of mountains...The kids are up on the ski hill now...Snowboarding...Son-in-law has great videos...One is straight down the mountain at 103 kilometers per hour...Another is weaving through the trees with impossible skill...And yes, he's been bounced and broken a few times...Boarding with the best...

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    Good onya, BB. Glad you & your family are having happy times.

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    ^I'm the one on the right, btw.

    At the middle part, there's a small mom&pop store and crude toilets (10 php for peeing, 15 php for pooping).
    There were some bikers too.


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    hike up the first hill
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    Looks great, Katie! I do hope so much to get back to the Phills in this next year.
    What area do you live in?

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    Since it was a holiday, there were lots of other hikers as well. This was taken at the top of the first hill.
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    View of the other peaks which we climbed soon after

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    Views from the top of the first peak
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    Going down the hill to go to the other peaks. There were some cows too!
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    Wow. That's a lovely place.

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    another mom&pop store... and some cowsh*t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I'm the one on the right, btw.
    Nice legs

    No trees on the hills

    And people walking looking at their mobile phones

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    @misskit - yes, there were lots of great views. It's a relatively easy climb too, so ppl who aren't too fit can do it. Also a short hike - can be done in 1/2 day. Some ppl combine this hike with a trip (and a swim) to nearby Tingloy or Sombrero islands.

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    @baldrick - my legs humbly thank you. They don't hurt too much after the climb, thankfully. Methinks Looper's legs are much better, though. And yeah, I had to stop walking for a bit to take those pics. Don't worry, I don't text and drive. Heh...

    And nope, very few trees in the vicinity. According to my friend who's from there, the trees were cut long ago and now it's a place where animals graze. One of my colleagues wanted to join but didn't, as he was afraid that he might get high BP due to the heat.

    I plan to do another climb in March during Holy Week. That mountain will have a 4/9 difficulty, so I'd better prepare for it - jogging and pushups (or pullups). I last did that 4/9 climb in 2014, and it was tough - had to use both arms & legs in climbing. I had sore arms & legs days after. This time, I intend to be more fit for that hike.
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    Great to see you are a socal climber and generous enough to share your fun.
    Lovely pictures, would love to visit which is the nearest airport from here Cebu or Manila.

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    ^Manila

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    Views of Tingloy island (L) and Sombrero island (small island, right). "Sombrero" means hat - a borrowed Spanish word. From Mabini town proper, you can hire a boat (2,500 php) to take you to Sombrero island for a quick jaunt & swim around the island. Accdg to a friend who's been there, it's a white sand beach. We didn't go to the island anymore.

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    Looks great. Great Weather (something I rarely associate with the Philippines)

    What did you enjoy more?
    A/ The climb itself and the satisfaction gained from doing so.
    B/ The view and the breeze and rest at the top
    C/ The extra scoop of ice-cream you allowed yourself that night
    D/ All of the above?

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    Hike to the other peaks


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    ^^It had been cold, rainy and windy for weeks, and then cleared up for Katie's hike. Been great weather since Friday! This hiking area is in the province where both Katie and I live...about 40kms from me; I think Katie is even closer.

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    @david48 - D. all of the above. Though I haven't had the ice cream, yet. I did have a nice bowl of Lomi (egg noodles w/ stew-like soup) afterwards, for lunch.

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