Monday, August 2, 2010

Climbing Gulugod Baboy

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I intended to attend my friend Janine’s bridal shower one weekend after my shift, but I ended up at the summit of Mt. Gulugod Baboy! How it happened? I accompanied Krissy; a mountaineering friend who’ll just suppose to bring goods for her friends who’ll climb Mt. Batulao that day. When we reached Jac Liner in Cubao they decided to tag me along with them. The next time I realized was I am in the bus on our way to Batangas in my bridal shower get up – dress and stilettos. The group decided to change route and climb Mt. Gulugod Baboy instead.  

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Gulugod Baboy is located in Southern Batangas. This mountain became a popular sidetrip for those who’ll have diving escapade to Anilao, or to the nearby Sombrero or Maricaban islands. Since Mt. Gulugod Baboy is just 525 MASL and classified to be a minor climb 2/9 difficulty, this is a best destination for beginner climbers. The trail is easy, on the way up you’ll pass by some private properties, and you’ll see some domestic animals around. We reached the peak within 2 hours. 
 
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When I reached the summit, I was surprised. The 360 degree scenery was breath taking. From the top you’ll see the blue sea and its islands. And at night aside from the dazzling stars in the sky you’ll also see the dancing lights downhill from the urban life. This adventure is one of the experiences I’ll never forget and for sure I’ll go back at the peak of Mt. Gulugod again in the near future.
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How to get there
1.)    Ride a bus from Cubao to batangas Diversion
2.)    From there, ride a jeep to Anilao
3.)    Then take either a tricycle or another jeep to Philpan.
4.)    The trek to the summit will start from there
(I can’t give exact cost for this climb coz I brought nothing but myself, my projected budget for this is Php1000.00)
Mt. Gulugod Baboy Statistics
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42'55"N; 120°53'43"E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
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This isn’t my first climb. I once joined a group of mountaineers (yes, I’m alone and joined a group of strangers) and climbed Mt. Natib. My second climb was Mt. Ampacao (Freedom Climb) in our Sagada getaway.

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