As an archipelago of 7,107 islands and a tropical country blessed with some of the world’s greatest biodiversity, it is a given that the Philippines can serve as a good playground for both beginner and seasoned hikers alike. In Nasugbu, Batangas, there lies one of the most climbed mountains in the country due to its close proximity to Metro Manila and its beginner-friendly difficulty. For years, Mt. Batulao has been a favorite mountain to climb to different types of climbers: newbie climbers, solo hikers, seasoned hikers, and especially, trail runners.
Since the climb was the second mountain of our twin dayhike with one of its neighboring mountain, Mt. Talamitam, we were able to start our ascend quite late. It was already close to five ‘o clock in the afternoon when we set foot in Mt. Batulao. Reaching the summit before sunset was our main goal. Some photos are from Paolo Dala.
If you want someone to love mountain climbing, make Mt. Batulao his/her first climb. It is not just an easy mountain to climb, but also an easy mountain to love.
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My friend and I “accidentally” climbed one of the high peaks of Mt. Batulao. It wasn’t part of the trail. When we reached the top, we couldn’t figure out how to go down and realized that we were off the trail. The slope was at around 80 degrees so it was a difficult to ascend and descend. Luckily, we were able to do it and survive.
We split into two groups. I, with a friend, reached Mt. Batulao’s summit just a little over an hour (photo sessions included) while my sister and other friend took them long to ascend to the summit because they were battling with their fear of heights. The open and narrow trail of Mt. Batulao makes it a harder climb for those who have acrophobia. The trail is open so you can see basically everything around, which I think made the trek more fun.
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