MT. GULUGOD BABOY
Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
or Camp Netanya
Mt. Gulugod Baboy
January 19, 2014
Dayhike climb after the cancelled trek to Taal Volcano
Hours to summit: 1- 1.5 hours
Lakwatserong Sulit and his companions planned to trek Taal Volcano on this day. They hit the road early using the car of LS Irene, there were 5 of them in her car. They had breakfast in one of Jolibee’s along SLEX and took Sta. Rosa exit going to Tagaytay where they planned to meet Abed.
On our way
It was around 8:00am ng marating nila ang Tagaytay where they meet Abed. They went directly to Talisay, jump off point papuntang Taal Volcano, they found Ate Josie along the road where she offered boat ride to Taal. There were already 6 of them in the car (imagine a ford focus with 6 people in it) plus si Ate Josie dumagdag pa. Pito na sila sa car pababa ng Talisay, siksikan pero puno ng kulitan. Humantong sa tawaran ng boat ride hanggang sa halos mapikon si Ate dahil ayaw magpatawad sabi ng mga ka LS pababain na lang, maglakad na lang daw sya pabalik. 😀
The group arrived at Talisay before 9:00am and busied themselves looking for available boatmen but none would like to take them due to harsh weather condition. It was not as bad as one can see the sky is clear but according to them the wind is strong. Ate Josie accompanied the group to different resort along Taal Lake looking for boatmen to take them to Taal Volcano. Ayaw nila kasi mukhang nagpapadagdag ng presyo. Di rin naniwala ang mga ka LS kasi maganda naman talaga ang panahon.
It was already noon time when the boatmen from one resort agreed to take the group to Taal, unfortunately di pa man nakaka-alis ang bangka nag-radyo ang coast guard na may tumaob na bangka na lulan ang ilang koreano kaya na unsyami ang trek to Taal.
Nagdecide ang mga ka LS to find another place na lang, kaya napunta sa Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Malayo from Talisay ang Anilao, Mabini, kaya it took them another 3 hours to reach Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao. It was around 2:00pm when they started trekking.
Dirt road to Gulugod Baboy (taken 2:01PM)
Basekamp poster of Mt. Gulugod Baboy at the first resting area
The shorter trail to Mt. Gulugod Baboy
According to the locals there are two trails leading to the summit of Gulugod where the shorter one is steeper than the long one. LS and his companions took the shorter one not mainly because of the time but it is the way where the sign says. They don’t know yet the other trail.
Mango trees along the trail
D90, 18-105mm, f 5.6, 1/160, ISO 640
Residence along the trail, another resting area
There’s a lots of resting area along the trail and it’s up to the trekker whether they wanted to rest or not. Here LS and his companions rest a bit to admire the dancing kids. (The picture may not portrait that they are dancing pero totoo sumasayaw talaga sila)
View from the trail of Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Meet the group: Geds, Ding, Irene, Yza, Abed and LS taga picture
Almost there! (taken 3:12PM)
The lonely tree in Mt. GB, a sign that you’re almost there. It only took them 1 hour and a few minutes to reach the summit. Sobrang bilis lang kahit may mga pahinga at kulitan sa daan.