Monday, April 27, 2015

Conquering Mountains: Pico de Loro


Last November 3, we were finally able to push through with our supposedly last mountain for the year, Pico De Loro in Batangas, and I tell you, this is one beautiful mountain! And climbing that monolith was a defining moment for me.  With focus and determination, I was able to overcome my fear and do it! And what a reward it was to be stand on top of that rock and say, "I did it"!

How to go there:
My friend Ehms and I left met at 4am in Pasay Rotanda, at the bus station behind McDonalds.  Then we rode a van going to Nasugbu where we met our friend Teng, her husband and 2 officemates and our two guides from the Nasugbu Mountaineers(P250 per pax). Fare was P180.  We traveled via our friends' van to the jump-off point in the DENR and started our hike at around 9am.  It was an 'easy' hike but I don't know who make the classifications but for me, it was not easy.  But it was fun! Herbert, our guide, gives us time to catch our breath and we took out time taking pictures!


The weather was good for the climb as it was not too hot.  Below is the beautiful view even before we reach the top!
After our lunch, we were ready to go up the monolith.  I was really, really scared, but I said to myself, that I was there anyway and might as well do it, and so I did. But don't tell my husband!
Focus!  All photos at the monolith are from Herbert Endozo, our guide. It was an achievement on its own to stand on top of the monolith. It's not easy going up there, I tell you.
On top of the world! Not obvious that my knees were shaking and I was scared. And I was thinking how the hell am I gonna get down here, hahaha.
Roy, Poli, Teng, Stanley, Monet and me at the top of the monolith.   Herbert was at the summit poised to take our photos! Thanks to Herbert for the wonderful photos!
After an hour, it was time to go down and scale the summit.  Going up and down that monolith was an all-together different experience and I leave it up to you to challenge yourself.  But if you ask me if it was worth, oh hell yeah!

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