Mount Pico de Loro

This climb’s our 2nd this year and officially our 4th mountain overall. First day hike though.

Pico de Loro is popular for beginners and dayhikers as they say but I still had a pretty hard time trekking this mountain and climbing the super steep monolith or Parrot’s Beak which is mostly the goal of climbing Pico de Loro. They’ll tell you that your climb”s not complete if you don’t experience being on top of that monolith which is in front of the mountain’s summit.

We started our trek at around 6am after registering at the jump off point in Ternate, Cavite. We rode a bus from Coastal Mall in Pasay City at around 3am then arrived at Ternate, Cavite around 5:30am. Tricycle ride going to the jump off point or DENR post. You can even eat breakfast if you want coz there’s a sari-sari store, souvenir shop and carinderia in the area. That is also where hikers take a bath coz they have a number of restrooms where you only have to pay 5pesos.

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It rained the night before, hence, the muddy trail. Look at the those fallen mangoes on the trail. It exuded a sweet rotten smell and a loooot of insects flying about. It made me hop from side to side faster just so I could get to the end right away.

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Here’s my friend Ley trekking through the tree vines. At this point we’re about 20-30mins away from the campsite.

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My Dad, who was the sole reason why we all got into this, showing us how to rappel up the steep rock going to the monolith. He climbed the monolith twice! First alone, then second was with us.

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Me at the summit in front of the monolith or Parrot’s Beak. I was already satisfied just being there coz it seemed impossible for me to ever get on top of that monolith. It was my Dad who insisted we all go and so we did. Priceless experience yet again! Thank you Papa!

Since it was a day hike, no camping and all, we got back to the DENR post past 5pm. It was a good ol’ tiring 11-12hrs. Worth it but I don’t know if I’d go through it again. I need to lose a lot of weight first.

LOVE NATURE!

 

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Mt. Cinco Picos Traverse

I was given the opportunity to join the anniversary climb of the ADDICT Mountaineers. For me, my fiance Steve and our friend Ley, this was our first traverse, our 3rd climb and our 2nd major mountain climb.

It was all excitement because we were told that we’ll be camping by the beach which will be like an outing altogether besides climbing, plus it’s a traverse, no more going back to the starting point.

We left Manila at 10pm from Victory Cubao Bus Terminal. Arrived at Olongapo around 1am. Rode a jeepney going to the starting point which was at Pundaquit, Zambales.

We started our trek at 3:30am. It was our first time trekking without sunlight so it was really an adventure even if the trail seemed the usual rocky and grassy path.

There were several muddy encounters and two river crossings (the rivers were too shallow to be afraid of so sa’ll good!)


This is not even halfway of the hike. lol Isn't this a breathtaking view?

This is not even halfway of the hike. lol Isn’t this a breathtaking view?


This trail is challenging because it's like going through thorns.

This trail is challenging because it’s like going through thorns.

 

We passed through trails that were burnt. Caused by the sun's heat or by careless trekkers who just leave their cigarettes on the trail? Sadly, I found out it's the latter reason most of the time.

We passed through trails that were burnt. Caused by the sun’s heat or by careless trekkers who just leave their cigarettes on the trail? Sadly, I found out it’s the latter reason most of the time.

It took us a total of 10hrs of trek and hike. It really tested our endurance and patience. Besides the rocky and steep trails was the additional scorching heat from the sun. The unique and the most challenging path we went through was the burning leaves that looked liked a mini forest fire. It scared me a little because I thought we wouldn’t be able to pass through and would have to find a longer way to reach our campsite. Phew!

 

Silanguin Cove... aaahhh! Achievement Unlocked!

Silanguin Cove… aaahhh! Achievement Unlocked!

 

socials

This is during our socials after dinner. It was fun getting to know fellow hikers.

 

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Group picture before going home! ^_^

We even found out that our bangkero (boatman) is a Surfer Dude! lol

Surf's Up!

Surf’s Up!

One boat captured my attention…

God knows us better than we know ourselves.

God knows us better than we know ourselves.

Run for your Health!!!

I’m an avid fun runner. I have joined 8 fun runs in two years now. My first fun run was the Energizer Night Run in 2011. It was a superb first time experience coz we got to run in the evening since I hate waking up at dawn, the usual fun run call time. No wonder fun runs and marathons have become a booming business because of singlet designs, charity causes, freebies, medals and of course the health benefits.

Running is not as easy as you think. If you want to be serious, you need to train at least twice a week. I run once a week but I include brisk walking daily when I commute to and from work. Not to mention our 9 flights of stairs in the apartment when the elevator shuts down past curfew(i know right?). Anyhoo, I used to run 10mins per kilometer but I have narrowed it down to 6-7mins now which is progress. I used to wake up with sore muscles and body ache the next day coz of all the running. I didn’t even run the full distance, I had brisk walking in between. The last two runs didn’t give those aches anymore though, I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it.

Just so you know…

I call myself a Fun Runner because I have never tried running for 21km.. yet, which is the half marathon. I ought to someday. There’s a difference between a marathon and a fun run. Fun Runs consist of distances from 500m to usually 10km which sometimes can be 16km or 18km while Marathons start at 21km which will take you about 2hrs 30mins or so, if you’re an average runner, then 42km for a full marathon. Some marathons even go further to 80km or more.

Things I consider in joining Fun Runs:

1. The singlet design and freebies

– Yes, I consider the singlet design and freebies. Nuff said.

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2. If there’s a medal

– The distance I often run don’t include medals which is the 5k category. It’s a plus if they do. I’m promoting my running distance to 10k so I’d have better chances in acquiring more medals. 21km distances always include medals and Finisher’s Shirts sometimes. I aim to run in the 21km distance in 2014.

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3. The cause

– Fun Runs started for a cause like Run for Pasig River, Run Against Diabetes, Run Against Breast Cancer etc. until some organizers made it a business. People think they benefit from the running with a few freebies but they don’t know that the organizers benefit more from the sponsors and the unreasonable high price for the registration. C’est la vie!

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4. Popularity

– If a number of celebrities and politicians joined the run, expect more people to join too. However, the runs I don’t wanna join in again are the ones that are way too popular that wouldn’t give me a chance to actually run at my own pace.

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5. Location

– I highly recommend that people who join fun runs should also consider the location. Most of the fun runs I joined were held in Bonifacio Global City, one was held in Tagaytay. I didn’t mind the location that much before until I joined a run held around Mall of Asia, we had to run past this river in Macapagal Ave and whoah does it stink! It gave me a headache after the run instead of making me feel good.

Joining fun runs has been my motivation in being more physically active because I’m naturally lazy. It motivates me because of the money spent, the call time and the other runners who join. I get so inspired seeing runners who I think look less active than I am run nonstop during these events, it’s such a challenge!

RUN FOR YOUR HEALTH!