Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mt. Talamitam - Partial Journey

August 14, 2010 - We night trekked Mt. Talamitam; and we failed to reached the summit…

Mt. Talamitam Statistics

Location: Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)
LLA: 14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 with steep assault (100m)

How to Get There

From Metro Manila, the most common form of transportation is the Crow Bus (Intersection of Taft avenue and EDSA) bound to Nasugbu Batangas. Tell the conductor that you’ll perch at Barangay Aga, Sitio Bayabasan. There will be a registration fee of Php25.00/person.

What are the things in and not in Mt. Talamitam

Since, I neither experienced crossing tall cogon grasses nor was challenged by what they said 60 degree trails before the peak where the Statue of Virgin Mary is located; I’m not the best person to answer this.

Just for the sake of sharing some experiences, some things I noticed are: From the mountain you can see the perfect view of its neighboring mountain Mt. Batulao. You’ll pass by the pasture of cows. If you're lucky you'll see wild boars; my friend saw one. There are farmlands on the way up since the shoulders of the mountain are private properties. The dancing city lights at night when you’re at the mountain are so comforting. There are no trees for cover. No water source. Mobile networks are good.

Why we failed to Summit Talamitam? (Personal Note)

I was not supposed to write an article about this since we failed to reach the summit but I think it’s worth sharing regardless.

I am with seven mountaineering friends, the one I met in Mt. Gulugod Baboy climb. All of us have commitments prior to the climb so we decided to start trekking by 10PM. Mt. Talamitam is just a minor climb. However, it took us almost 4 hours to reach half peak of the mountain, instead of just 2 hours to the summit. Reason was we couldn’t find the trail! The trail was swathed by the typhoon Ondoy and the pitch darkness added to the difficulty of finding it. So what we did is to create our own track trough the jungle. We lost our strength after struggling through that thick grasses, sturdy vines and muddy trail. Not to mention the mosquitoes feasting on our skin. 

We pitched our tent 30 minutes to the summit around 2AM. We decided not continue since everybody are tired and we need rest for Janine’s wedding by 4PM at Pina Colada, Tagaytay.

I promise to reach the summit this mountain one of these days and take a better photo and a better article about it. 
Credits to: Kris Paulette Juarez Caoyonan for the photo and Jeff Diala for the camera :) 

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