Our chronicles in Mt. Batolusong
|Underneath the Sea of Clouds at Rangyas Peak|
Mt. Batolusong, San Andres
|Rangyas Peak viewed from the first summit of Mt. Batolusong|
Note: This is not a travel guide, but if you insist, you can head over to pinoymountaineer.com and justinvawter.com for in depth travel itineraries to and from Batolusong.
You got to start from somewhere, and it had to be over buckets of beer and a drunk open state of mind on a Tuesday night. My office mates, including one of our office heads, have planned to hike somewhere on the last week of January (28-29). Next day, Eka and Paul approached me regarding what have been conspired over that faithfully booze night. So, I suggested Mt. Batolusong. At first it was an overnight trip, but later on, turned into a day hike trip (ehem, Eka, dinasal dasal mo to).
Coloring the Plan
Fast track to Friday night, there was no concrete plan. Only hearsay and mumbles. Meet around 3 AM at our office then drive our way to Barangay San Andres, Tanay Rizal. That's it. No more budget planning, itineraries of some sort, basta hike tayo sa sabado kind of thing. We left Quezon City around quarter to 4 in the morning. There were 5 of us. Originally, we were 4 in the Viber group but we managed to recruit one more just in time. Sir D, instantly accepted the invitation of Sir Ey and with only 15 mins of prep, he arrived at our meeting place. Open-minded!
What came next
Driving for almost 1 and 30 mins with no traffic along Miralque highway, we arrived at the welcome gate of San Andres.
|San Andres Welcoming Arch|
The trail greeted us with a wet hello. I have anticipated this, yet I still wore my fave shoes. (haha sorry reebok!)
|First Assault, Wet and Muddy trail|
Not us though haha
|This is us at the top of Mahiyaing Bato|
While we were posing here and there at Mahiyaing Bato, Sir D came up like he's rejuvenated and urged to push forward! He exclaimed, "Motivation! Fvck!" It was an awesome sight to see, despite his personal predicaments, he managed to push his limit and go beyond his physical condition.
|The return and comeback of Sir D!|
|Mapatag Plateau is your scenic rest stop in Mount Batolusong hike|
|Team LCC #LegCrampsChasers (sorry sir D, this is official)|
|View from Mapatag Plateau|
First Summit of Mount Batolusong
|Summit of Mount Batolusong is a vast grassland where you can view the Sierra Madre Mountain Range|
|On the other side, beyond the mountains, you can see Laguna De Bay and Talim Island|
|Of course, from there, your next destination calls, Rangyas Peak|
Probably my favorite part of the hike. From the first summit, you can view Rangyas Peak, along with the other peaks like Susong dalaga. It was a steep ascend but from atop, you view all the places you have to hike to get there. It was mesmerizing.
|Path going to Ranyas Peak|
|Long queue the rock wall going up Rangyas Peak|
|Go sir D! He pushed even further and challenged Rangyas Peak|
End of our Chronicle
We reached Rangyas Peak with big smiles on our face. The grueling knee-bending muddy trail didn't dampen our hiking spirit.
|Mandatory selfie after we all climbed the rock wall of Rangyas Peak|
|Our smile, that flag post and the clouds says it all: We reached Rangyas Peak!|
Our chronicle didn't stop at the peak, but it was the gradual descend going back to where we came. We have been thru alot, from the strong winds, the unpredictable weather, the muddy slope, the slippery trail, we were champions that day!
|Pabalik na po kami. Ayos po si Sir D. Solb!|
|Back at the First Summit where flock of hikers just arrived.|
Every step of the way was worth it. A memory imprinted in our minds and forever be a day of plans coming into fruition.
Bonus side trip: dipping in the freezing waters of Sangab Underground Cave.
|Sangab Underground Cave|
|Sangab Underground Cave|
|Team LCC Post Hike Meeting|
|Extra Special Bulalomi with Isaw on the side|
|Be alert on numbers 4 and 7|
All's well that ends well
|Like this couple on Rangyas Peak.|
Good luck to you guys :) #FeelingClose Hahah
Again for any Itinerary, please head over to Mr. Gideon's website and also Justin Vawter's website. But if you insist, please leave a comment for further clarifications.