Mt. Maculot Adventure
Finally. A time to write about Mt. Maculot. I am not good in writing about experiences so I don’t know if I can make you feel how awesome the trek was. Let me tell you this: THE TREK WAS SO AWESOME! If you haven’t tried hiking, it’s about time that you do. Of course you have to prepare and pray for it just like what I did. I prepared for it, believe me, look here! There were some struggles, laughters and other crazy things that happened during the hike. Some things must be left untold though. (Hahahaha, Kuya Clero.)
I am not going to give you details about Mt. Maculot, Cuenca Batangas, or every single fuss about it because you can access those from this site. I just want to share things that amazed me in so many ways.
Team leader 1: Jessa Ordiales
Team leader 2: Lhizzie Lara
Mid Man: Jovan Jotojot
Tail: Clero Matocinos
Spiritual Adviser: Ptr.Nathaniel Edillo
Prince Charming: Jopet Siscar
Muse 1: Maria Karen Tan
Muse 2: Jan Allison Alberto
Here’s the set itinerary and the changes made and some ramblings and somethings in me.
Mount Maculot Itinerary (Nov 30, 2012)
0200 Wakeup and Cubao-bound from SBCC
~Not true. We did not wake up. We did not sleep at all and that’s the truth. Oh how hard it is to be over-excited.
0300 Board Lemery-bound bus from Buendia or Cubao (~P130+)
~I think we went to the bus station at 4 AM and the bus almost left us. We ran from the overpass towards the bus and I almost got hit by a running snatcher. He was being chased by some police officers, who apparently chased the snatcher just for the sake of chasing him but not actually chasing him because chasing him won’t do them good. Formality sake, that is. And so I saw Ate Lhizzhie, our team leader, who was not supposed to be there but was there to surprise us. The Master Hiker was with us! During the bus ride, I, well we, tried to sleep. I and some “we” were not able to even be half asleep. I was totally awake and I didn’t know why. Did I drink a CUPOKOFI? No I didn’t! Did I drink a CUPOTEE? No I didn’t. Then what’s the MATTAH WITH MEEEEE. Restless, restless.
0600 ETA Cuenca Poblacion - Highway. Walk or take trike to jump-off.
~What’s the meaning of ETA? Every Trek is Awesome? We rode the tricycle until we reached Rockies, up up and away. Naahh. Only up to the house of spa. Well it’s not actually a spa, but it felt like a spa after the tiring but fulfilling trek.
We arrived earlier than expected.
After doing our own thing, we warmed up then prayed. I loved the pink hat I was wearing courtesy of Maria. Did I ever mention that I loved pink? Cutie cutie little pinky.
0630 Start trek
~I am going to list some things that I learned during the actual trek (For some reason, writing it in paragraph seemed so messy.) But since those things will make my post a novel, I shall post it here instead.:) I just want to say, it was a humbling experience. I enjoyed every part of it.
0815 Arrive at campsite, head to Rockies 0830 at Rockies; take pictures
Documentation was the best part. We captured beautiful spots and of course, beautiful people. Ahem. The Rockies made my heart drop. I was so astonished. Oh Lord. How did you do this? Don’t tell me, I’ll just be in awe of what You’ve done. I won’t understand anyway, but thank You.
And by the way, one of my pictures was featured in Bogart the Explorer! I know, I wasn’t the main focus, and maybe, many people ignored me sitting by the rock and basked on the beauty of the place instead. I know, I know. But hey, I am so flattered. He used my photo!
0900 Return to campsite for lunch
Everyone had food, shared food, and ate food. After that, we had an impromptu nap time. I was really exhausted. Everyone was. I had no sleep and the hike was a strength absorber!
When we woke up, we had devotion led by Pastor Nathan.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Yes indeed, we are more than conquerors. Conquerors achieve success with their own strength. More than conquerors conquer anything with the help of God! God does the work. Amazing.
0930 Start descent
”Climbing is optional but going down is mandatory.”~Anonymous
But according to Ate Lhizzie, going down is also optional. We should give everyone a chance to decide for themselves. I rest my case then.
Guess the shoes and the missing shoes
During descent, I experienced knee ache. Thank God I survived going down, or else, I will be staying there for the rest of my life! Again, I enjoyed every part of the descent with my team.
1100 Back at jump-off; tidy up then head back to the highway from Manila-bound bus
Wohoo! We survived going down! I just wanted to take every single dirt off my body. It was a refreshing experience. I will do it all over again if I could!
*subject to change without prior notice (flexible tayo eh!)
This was the small note at the last part of the itinerary. Indeed, we had some changes. But change is good. Here was our reported time:
Akyat: 1 hour, 42 mins
Siesta: around 20 minutes
Pababa: 1 hour, 22 mins
Not bad for 3 first-timers (right Maria and Pastor?) and good job n-timers (Ate Jessa, Kuya Clero, Jovan, Jopet and Ate Lhizzhie) for guiding us! It was such a joy hiking with you. I am looking forward to the next hike with you SBCC Hikers. More than conquerors, lezgo!
Thank you Mt. Maculot for letting us experience your beauty. Thank You, Lord, for creating this.
Photos by Karen Tan, Jovan Jotojot, Lhizzie Lara
(If I had a diary, I would write about…Mt. MACULOT!)