Archive for May, 2014

I spoke to a local from the area selling beverages and lunch meals at the campsite. He told me about the origin of the name “Batulao”.

Legend has it that long ago, the mountain seemed to always suffer from wildfires during the Lenten Season, and everynight, people would see lights from the mountain tops that do not seem to be man-made. Hence, the place was named after the two words “bato” and “ilaw”, and in the course of decades, the locals start calling it Batulao.

So what’s so special about it? This is my very first climb! We completed climbing 12 peaks – a group of 3 first-timers including myself, andĀ Paul Reazon, who has climbed around 11 mountains already served as our guide. (Congratulations to all of us for reaching the summit for the first time!) Man, I now start to appreciate how hard my mom had gone through during those times that she climbed with her friends and co-teachers. Again, I will never get tired of saying this, but my mom is already 65. šŸ˜€

Although Mt. Batulao is considered a climb best conducted for beginners like me, an extreme sports activity like this is all about mind-over-matter. Your legs would cramp, you’d feel like you’d want to back out, but then again, whenever you see the scenery on top of each peak – all your worries and stress just go away. šŸ™‚ Just make sure that you’re well prepared and packed with fluids and trekking food and goodies to lessen your stress and make you appreciate the experience more.

A great start for me. Hopefully there would be more opportunities to climb more mountains and enjoy the view up there. šŸ™‚

I tried to take as much photos as I could, just so that you can also enjoy the view. šŸ™‚

**PS: Thanks to Sir Eric and his wife, Ma’am Rosalinda for the ride to Batangas and back home. ^_^

We went to Tagaytay after enduring the long trek. And had these for ourselves as the reward. šŸ˜€

More pictures here:

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