Let the pictures tell the story.
Mt. Talamitam 8/21/2016
Mt. Maculot 8/27/2016
I would have ranted over a lot of things…but!
I choose to highlight the best things in this life.
This is my choice. No matter what happens. No matter how many undesirable things happen. No matter what comes.
Take for example our guide last August 27 in our Traverse Hike @ Mt. Maculot. He is Mang Jose. Yes, parang si Daimos din. Pwedeng arkilahin!
He is almost the same age as I am. He is amazed at how I was able to keep up with him. But this post is not about me. It’s about what’s best in that hike.
Mang Jose has been a trail guide for 4 years now. He is one of the veteran guide in Cuenca, Batangas. He lost his cellphone and so, sad to say, no contact number from him.
He holds a wooden trekking pole and is very patient about his job. He has provisions in a back pack and a radio on his side. He is also one of the few ready for snake bites along the trail – he has an antidote with him.
He knows the route well and is very much knowledgeable of the place.
I think he is the best guide of them all. :)Why? Simply because he is Mang Jose.
I already have a confirmed trip to Mt. Batolusong. 🙂 This will be on July 24, 2016. Looking it up, I found out that it’s some place I could go on my own. Hahahahaha…
Actually, it’s some place I have been passing by all along whenever I train-to-run in Tanay, via Sampaloc Road. Toinks.
Anyways, the excitement is the same.
I will be going there and will be returning on my own! lol.
Another two (2), which is not confirmed yet but is already an agreed trip, is a Dingalan, Aurora Trip on the 7th of August…then, a 20-hour Hike-Trek-Climb in Bataan. Both are already in the plans, and communicated to the organizer but no final go yet.
Happy to go back to the mountains!
Just last Sunday, I finished a race. All by God’s grace. The race is organized by the New Era Race Team. The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run – a 30-kilometer race route out and back from Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite. Anyways, the route is very scenic. The event started at 4:00am and joiners were given 10 hours to complete the course. A very generous time! I am the sweeper for this event and I did just that – err, somehow! 😮
I have a GPS record of the route. 3-GPS records as follows:
However, since the route is new to me and I carried only 2 bottles for drinking, I had to decide during the race if I would – and if I could really wait for the last runner. I have 11 runners behind me in the last 9-kms of the race. I believe all are still moving (no matter how slow) but at least 8 is far behind. It’s too hot and the sun is unforgiving. If I rested too much – I risk getting cramps and enduring so much thirst, not to mention the hunger. I did carry nothing but 2 bottles in my hydration bag pack. No GU. No anything. No candies nor chocolates. I guess I had to make a judgement call.
Allow me to show you first the GPS details. As follows:
(see the map elevation details)
(see that tooth-like gray figure?) 🙂
Last 9kms descent to Maragondon’s Road.
It was so hot during the last 7-kms of this part and there’s too little shade to hide at. I had about 250ml of warm water in my bottle. Thank God, there’s some marshalls stationed in the last 3-kms. Saved! While I still can run, I guess I will just have to wait for the others. So I stayed on a waiting shed for about an hour. 3 runners passed me. None else. So I walked to the finish line, and reported that there are still runners behind me. 8 to be exact, while I can initially recall 6. hahahaha.
Anyways, all 8 came within the next 40 minutes after I crossed the finish line. 1 though, DNF.
Of course, it was a successful event. 81 of 82 runners finished within 10 hours and 1 DNF due to a valid reason. The race course was properly marked that no one got lost. The route from Sunrise to the ‘desert’ part is really majestic and scenic and beautiful. Sad to say, not much pictures here since batteries almost drained and the heat of the hot sun really affected us.
All thanks to our Almighty God!
See the pictures below for better appreciation of the trail. (That’s me in CM50 white sleeves)
TOP 3 MALE TRAIL RUNNERS
TOP 3 FEMALE TRAIL RUNNERS
CREW SEND-OFF. Before the rest go up their respective stations, and I rest. 🙂 Yes, that wacky girl is the MC. lol.
On top of the boulder near ‘Silyang Bato’. The sun suddenly hides – and there’s fog all around! lol. (I guess I have to go back here on a sunny day)
Non-consecutive selfie shots going down from the Summit. I was slowly waiting for the 6-runners behind me here.
This will record all runs and all training related activities.
The month will end with a gruelling race. 🙂
Day 1: 1.4L
Day 9: 1.58L
Day 11: 1.73L
Day 12: 1.43L
Day 18: 136.8 lbs as of 6:07pm
dAY 22: 61.1KGS
Day 22: 61.1
Day 1: Run = 0? Hahahahaha
Day 2: Run = 5.1 kms
Day 3: Run = 10.0 kms
Day 4: Run = 1.2 kms + 5.0 kms
Day 5: Run = 0 kms!
Day 6: Run = 5.0 kms
Day 7: Run = 0 kms!
Day 8: Run = Target = 20.0 kms
Day 9: Run = 21.00 kms!
Day 10: Run = 5.5 kms + 5.0 kms + 5.0 kms
Day 11: 0 kms!
Day 12: Run = 3.0 kms!
Day 13: 0 kms!
Day 14: Run = 3.0 kms!
Day 15: Run = 5.0 kms!
Day 16: 0 kms!
Day 17: Hike @ Mt. Makiling Rainforest Park, Peak 2
Day 18: 2.0 kms!
Day 22: 134.42 lbs / 61.1 kgs
Day 25 :
Day 27: 61.7 kgs @ 10:29pm or 135.74 lbs.
Day 28: Short Routine/Stretchings
I am determined and I am still preparing. Everything is by God’s grace.
NOTE: Do not judge people based on how useful they are to you. Instead, look at what’s inside the person.
This event is on December 20, 2015.
This event is a traverse of Mt Marami, Mt Mataas na Gulod, Dos Picos, Mt Palay-Palay and Pico De Loro . It will definitely be a sight to behold. Yes, I agree…it will be beautiful.
Browsing thru the net, I tried to find a route map. A trail map. I found none…but pieces of a part. So I made one. I hope RD JC Igos will look into this and correct me.
From Barangay Talipusngo of Ramirez to Mt. Marami’s Silyang Bato.
From Mt. Marami to Alibangbang Park via Alibangbang Trail via Mataas na Gulod and Dos Picos
From Alibangbang Park to Pico de Loro’s Parrot Beak
From Pico’s Summit to DENR at Governor’s Drive…to the road!
From DENR down to Maragondon’s Town Plaza. 🙂
via Ternate, follow Governor’s Drive to Maragondon.
From Governor’s Drive, right to the Town Plaza. via Riel? or Balitao?
We’ll soon know.