Enriching Your Life Through Mountain Climbing

It's a wonderful feeling to step on a rock while on the summit, overlooking a breathtaking view of the sea, the forests and the mountains. I can't feel the pain on my legs and arms anymore. I love what I'm looking at. The pain slowly being healed. My heart is rejoicing... and I thanked God for this beautiful world.

Wearing maong shorts on my first hike. Epic-fail!

In 2015, I've joined a group at work called Namumundok [mountaineering]. Group members here are all over the country working with the same account I was working with. We communicate through a messenger called Jabber. After few days of exchanging messages, the group decided to meet and have a day hike to Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas.

To date, Mount Maculot is one of the most popular day trip destinations in the country having three challenging and breathtaking locations namely the Rockies (706m); the Summit (930m); and the Grotto (510m).


Such a beautiful view, isn't it?


 For the first time, I've met Roy and Jaycee in Taft Avenue for breakfast. Both of them works at the same company but with different line of business. Jaycee was with his friend Joy. Meeting new friends is one of the best things about travel. Right after our breakfast, we immediately headed to Jam Liner's terminal station.

On our way to Cuenca, we've talked about their travels including their experiences on mountaineering. Gosh! I can't relate at all! I have no idea about assault and other terminologies. I was throwing them blank face. Hahaha. Good thing, they were very accommodating especially when I admitted that I never tried climbing a mountain yet.

Yes, my first ever climb!

Mt Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas, Philippines

Travel time from Buendia to Cuenca was around 2 hours. To get to Mount Maculot, from 7/11 store in Cuenca, ride a tricycle heading to the Barangay Hall to register and pay for the environmental fee. After the registration, the tricycle will then take to you to Mountaineer's store where the jump off starts.

The day hike was a very challenging climb for me. Aside from being a first timer, the trail requires leaning on the mountain, holding the vines and the tree roots. It was worth trying for. On the rockies, you'll see a view of the Taal and nearby mountain ranges of Batangas and Cavite. Such a breathtaking view! We were lucky enough having a good view after the rain. By the way, weather is unpredictable in Cuenca.

Say Hi to this little cutie!

Undeniably, the Rockies is the most powerful draw. It stands besides Taal Lake, showing a scenic views of the world-famous Taal Volcano, the Mount Makiling and the Tagaytay Highlands.

Always remember climb and enjoy the view, but leave no trace of trash on your path.

My first climb allowed me to meet new friends while witnessing the world on top and I've learned so much about myself especially on how far I can go and how strong I am.

The night after our day hike to Mount Maculot, I wanted to go back to the mountains again and witness a breathtaking view while on a summit. Looking the world in a different perspective allows you to appreciate God's creation even more. The mountains, forests... the world is indeed beautiful. 

Mt Pico de Loro, Batangas, Philippines

BENEFITS OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Surely, climbing to reach the summit can be a rewarding experience, offering sweeping, breathtaking views and uniquely solitary environments. Here are the benefits you can get when mountain climbing.
  • improves cardiovascular and muscular fitness
  • improves memory
  • strengthens bones
  • removes toxins
  • loses extra pounds
  • prevents Vitamin D deficiency
  • improves immune system
  • decreases stress hormone; and
  • improves balance
Mt Batulao, Batangas, Philippines


Mt Batulao, Batangas, Philippines

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