BATULAO (811 masl) – It’s one of the most popular hike destinations in the Southern Tagalog Region!
And with good reason: the “new trail” is basically a traverse through 12 mini-peaks that offers a scenic, sprawling view of Balayan Bay and even Taal and Mt. Maculot on a clear day. Continue reading “Walking on the ‘Dinosaur Spine:’ Mt. Batulao, Batangas”
Mt. Ulap (Ampucao-Sta. Fe Ridge) in Itocon, Benguet offered quite a few firsts for me – cold-weather hiking (in the PH at least), camping at the base of a summit, and at 1856masl, it’s the highest local peak I’ve reached so far.
We traversed this “Mini-Pulag” last weekend, when the temp reached at least 10 degrees Celsius (but felt like a 6), and there was a dense, delicious fog that permeated the trail. (“Forks!” said Justine. I completely missed the Twilight reference). Continue reading “Mt. Ulap, February 2017”
Masungi Georeserve is only 30 minutes away from Marikina. It is a 1600-hectare property where the PH’s only exposed Paleocene (50-60 million years old!!!) rock formations can be found. Since 1996, it has been painstakingly restored, protected, and prepared to help people appreciate our country’s biodiversity and to inspire them to protect our environment as well. There are issues concerning its ownership at the moment but am inclined to side with the development company currently in charge of it now as their model aims to mix conservation and empowerment of the immediate community. Continue reading “Masungi Georeserve, May 2016”
Tinipak River is usually a side trip item for hikers headed to Mt. Daraitan in Rizal/Quezon. But it’s also a solid destination on its own, especially for a big group of first-time trekkers like ours was. Last weekend, I, my brother, and our respective SOs tagged along my Mama’s lakwatsa with her friends from work. Continue reading “Tinipak River and Pililla Windmills, April 2016”
WAY TO NAMCHE. Photo by Elaine Tima
Currently traversing a portion of the Great Himalayan Trail, trekking and hiking all for the sake of a story. I have pushed myself to the limits physically for this trip (which was a fortuitous blessing in the first place). I am learning new things about Nepal, mountaineering, Sherpa life, and the majestic things that God is capable of creating. Humbled and inspired to be here. Excited to share more when I get back home and I finish writing my piece. 🙂