REVISITING MT. BATULAO

The jagged mountain

My first climb of Mt. Batulao was 9 years ago. It was a night trek with my college friends with the help of a Mapua Mountaineer friend, Lee (may he rest in peace).  Second was in 2008, I organized a climb in TipidPC.com Mountaineering Thread. We took the newly opened trail that is very popular now because of its challenging but scenic terrain.

Last Friday (02/03/11), my friend Allan sent me a message via BBM “Bai wala tayo climb before Pulag?” Since I needed a practice climb for Mt. Pulag on the 18th, I replied that I am good to go tomorrow. The day hike finally happened after two years. The gang planned to do this two years ago but because of our different schedules the hike didn’t push through.

We took the 430am trip of San Agustin Bus at Park Ride Lawton bound to Nasugbu. We arrived at the jump-off point at around 6:30am and ate breakfast at the carinderia along the road. The weather was foggy and chilly. It was favorable for us since the mountain trail is notorious for being exposed to direct sunlight.

foggy Evercrest

The mountain summit was covered by clouds when we first saw it. There was a little drizzle but a believe they’re just fog or low lying clouds. There was a little bit of excitement on my part because I can already see the beautiful jagged trail from afar.

clouds covering the mountain’s summit

The new trail going up is gradual and well established. Some stretch is steep, about 2-3 feet wide. Climbers with vertigo will surely have a hard time crossing  those.

picturesque trail
The Ridge

Wanna hear how strong the wind is? Check the video below

There are several campsites you can choose from. Two of the biggest campsites are no. 7 and 8 . The grounds are well established and can accommodate no less than 10 tents.

Camp 7

After the easy trek up to the Camp 7, we crossed the steeper trail going to the summit. The wind became stronger that made our pace slow down a little bit.

Lantaw and other climbers going up
trekking pole is really helpful in maintaining your balance

We made a detour before the camp 9. We took the forest trail, covered by trees that serve as shade from the sun. I think this is a safer route compare to the other one.

good POV of the jagged mountain

The stretch after the Camp 10 is tricky. The trail is made of loose soils and rocks. We used both our hands and feet just to climb up to the established section of the trail.

view from the summit

We reached the summit at around 11:40am. I enjoyed the 360 view while eating my sandwich, took some photos and had a little chat with fellow climbers.

Camp 8 as seen from the summit (using 300mm telephoto lens)

Our day hike coincided with the 4th anniversary of the opening of the new trail. Locals are treated the campers to a feast in the night socials. We met a couple of locals carrying pigs, chickens and goat going the campsite.

going down
saying goodbye to the Mt. Batulao trail (as of now)
The softdrinks vendor who taught us the trail used by locals.

It is a good trekking day for us. The weather really cooperated and met new friends along the trail. I will surely go back here for an overnight camp. The sunset here is lovely.

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On our way down, I saw a signage installed from Camp 5-10. As I scrutinized the marker, I realized that the photo in the background is mine. You can check the photo https://roadworthyman.com/2011/10/13/sawtooth-trail/.  This photo was used a couple of times without my  knowledge. Two mountaineering groups used this in their posters and the Mt. Batulao profile picture in Facebook. There is a lifestyle & adventure e-publication who also used the same photo without my permission and the worst part is, they cropped my watermark. Good thing there is DMCA. I reported it to the authority  and the website was suspended until they removed my photo.

another case of using someone’s photo without permission

I can give my photos if it is for a good cause. We, travel / landscape photographers risk ourselves and our equipment from injury just to get a good spot and capture good photos. Please don’t steal or use our hard work.

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12 responses

  1. beautiful takes bai!

    February 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    • thanks bai! nice to climb with you again 🙂

      February 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  2. aica

    Four Thumbs up Sir Erick.. 🙂

    February 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    • hi aica! nice to meet you sa trail. sana makasama kami ni allan sa future climbs ng group nyo. 🙂

      February 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  3. wow you captured Batulao very well. hindi ko pa naakyat ang sikat at gasgas nang trails ng Batulao. sana mapuntahan ko sya within the 1st quarter of the year.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    • Hi Ivan!

      I think di pa naman ganun kabugbog ang new trail kumpara sa dun sa traditional.
      Balik kami dito ng barkada for an overnighter naman.

      Goodluck sa climb. Be safe and enjoy 🙂

      February 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  4. got here from lantaw’s. batulao is always a delight to climb, i have yet to use the new trail and i think the new trail can give a more refreshing sight of the mountain. parang wala yata yung mga vendors ng pipino hehehe, lagi silang present kapag umaakyat kami dyan. 🙂

    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • Hi Zherwin

      Thanks for the visit. I agree, mas scenic ang new trail. Hope to meet you sa trail 🙂

      February 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  5. doi

    breathtaking photos! wow! ganda nya! 😀

    February 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    • Doi,

      yep, maganda talaga dito sa mt. batulao 🙂

      February 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  6. Wow! Your pics are awesome! Kahit di mountaineers ma-eenganyong to climb mountains too just to hopefully capture shots na kasingganda ng kuha mo. Galing! Galing!

    About sa nangongopya I hear you. Sana people respect copyright always.

    Hope you won’t get tired of taking and sharing your pics para makita naman namin (na mga tamad) ang ganda ng mga bundok sa ‘tin. =)

    February 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • Hi Penfires

      Thanks sa compliments 🙂

      Oo nga, may mga tao tao talaga hindi nila alam nakakasagasa sila ng iba.

      Sure, bisita ka lang dito para sa mga new photos 🙂

      February 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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