February 4, 2017. Talk about real mountaineering experience, Mt. Maculot set the standards so high! It was definitely one of my most memorable climb yet.
We were almost on the verge of backing out for this Mt. Maculot DIY hike. But I guess still pushing through it despite everything that held us back was the best decision ever! We could have missed the fun if we let our fear reign over us.
In this February hike, I climbed with my two officemates, Ate Mards and Ronnel. Originally, we were four in the group but someone We have decided to spend the rest of our Friday night in the office and wait until 2:30 in the morning before we ride our way to Batangas. [Yes, we are so fortunate our bosses let us stay overnight in the office. That is one thing I admire about our company. Maluwag sa office, sobra.] We warmed up for a hot breakfast before leaving the office at 3 in the morning; took the bus from Cubao going to a terminal in EDSA; and boarded a JAM Liner bus which took us 2 hours to reach Cuenca, Batangas.
It was already 6:30 in the morning when we finally reached the baranggay outpost where we will book our guide. When we arrived at the jump-off point, there are already a crowd of trekkers at the registration booth. Well, it was not really surprising given that it’s weekend. Wasting no time, we immediately booked our guide, Kuya Toni and started our climb to Mt. Maculot.
The ascent started easy though there were already a few rope assist on the first minutes of the trek.
What I admire about this trek is that the weather was just perfectly fine. There were no signs of rain and the sun’s heat was tolerable. There were a lot of trees along the trail so it was naturally cool while we climb up.
There were a lot of makeshift rest stations, too that are lined along the trail. As far as I can remember, Kuya Toni said, we will be passing by 15 stations where we can stop over and rest for a while.