June 18, 2016

Mt. Daguldol (Mis)adventure

Mt. Daguldol (Mis)adventure

Meet King, my older sister who looks younger than me. 

My sister decided to climb because she’s turning 30...two years from now. As a very supportive younger sister I agreed to plan our climb. But she’s a bit annoying because she wanted a major climb and I don’t because I’m a pabebe climber- I don’t want to climb high and difficult-to-climb mountains. Before you start on me that it’s not that hard to climb 4/9 (and up) mountains I am telling you to stop. What works on you doesn’t really work on me. End of discussion. I just want to climb and be with nature and forget everything else. Even though I am not really sure on what I am trying to forget. Going back, since my sister didn’t really bother reading anything about Mt. Daguldol (672 MASL) I tried to read reviews and guides as much as I can and eventually came up with our own itinerary.

Syempre, sya ang bida. :D 

Since we were coming from Quezon City, we woke up at around 3 in the morning to catch the 4 am trip to San Juan, Batangas (via ALPS) at the Araneta Bus Terminal. Well, there were no buses bound for San Juan at the Araneta Bus Terminal (which is contrary to what the ALPS website claims). This is why I have trust issues. We asked the bus driver if there will be trips to San Juan and he just told us to ride their bus and they’ll drop us at Exit-I-can’t-remember where we can we ride a jeep to San Juan. So we took the bus that is bound for somewhere-i-am-not-familiar-with-as-long-as-i-get-to-be-in-batangas. Move on na lang tayo.

On the brighter side, the locals were very helpful to us giving us directions and what jeep to ride and so forth. We had three jeep rides before we reached Barangay Hugom and we arrived around 8 in the morning which is still early (I think). We registered and hired a guide who was somewhat old but has the strength of a horse. We started the trek right away after registering and my, I got tired easily. It's not really advisable to climb when you only had 2 hours of sleep and you're with an older sibling who keeps telling you "Ang bagal nyo naman."

Mt. Daguldol has a well established and relatively difficult trail. It rained the day before our climb so the trail was muddy and a bit challenging. 

Testing the chuck's limit.

The view isn’t as picturesque as compared to the other mountains I have climbed but it’s still a nice climb. We didn’t stay long at the peak and descended early because the weather wasn’t very cooperative. Well, it rained while we were descending! So we stopped and looked for a cover and ate chocolates until the rain stopped. This was my most "stressed out" climb just because rain.

At the summit.

I apologize because I can't help you with the itinerary. There are lots of them in the internet. Just have fun! :D


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