MOUNTAINEERING IN MT. MAKILING
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Mountaineering in the Philippines is exciting and challenging because of the diverse physical features of the mountains. The climate in the mountain and the various ways to get there add up to an experience that is all Filipino. Plus the rich legends and mysticism of the local mountains adds up to the total excitement that is unique to other mountaineering destinations on other parts of the globe.
The proliferation of outdoor groups has been ignited by the massive media campaign on the adventure that the beautiful Philippine mountains, tropical rainforest, caves, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, cold and hot springs, and beaches promise. The Philippine is a haven for mountaineers because its mountains offer a lot. It has rainforest that cradles a wide variety of animals, boasts of towering trees, and pours rain all year round. Some species of flora and fauna are endemic to area. It has streams and rivers to cross, tread and wade. It has multiple waterfalls and basins of therapeutic cold and hot springs. It has a lot of caves and some of which have underground rivers that are left unexplored. Some mountains sit on white sandy beaches or mangroves that are rich in marine life. It has summits overlooking magnificent landscapes and seascapes. However, being a tropical country, it does not have alpine summits.
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Because the Philippines is home to approximately 200 volcanoes, of which 22 are active and closely monitored, mountaineers are advised to consult with the Philippines Institute of Volcanology or Philvocs about the status and conditions of these volcanic mountains.
There are mountains that have abundant water source coming from rain, springs and lakes. But some mountains do not have any water source or a potable one. It is advised that water provisions be included in the “must bring” list.
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Mount Makiling is a potentially active volcano in Laguna province on the island of Luzon, Philippines. It rises to 1,090 m above mean sea level.
Legends surround the mountain, many of which relate to Maria Makiling, said to be the ‘guardian fairy’ of the mountain. The contour of the mountain is said to be that of her in a reclining position.
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Mt. Makiling is a popular hiking destination. The two major trails begin at the UPLB College of Forestry and Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The UPLB trail is more commonly used, taking 4–5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2). The other trail from Sto. Tomas passes by other peaks, is more difficult, and requires 6–7 hours to reach the summit. Both trails are generally established and safe, although throughout the years there have been occasional reports of fatal accidents and injuries, especially on the Sto. Tomas side. Climbers also frequently encounter leeches along the way.
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Mount Makiling Traverse Day Hike from Batangas to Los Banos, Laguna Climbing Mount Makiling is one of the favorite training climbs of mountaineers because of the tough challenges that await every climber. It is a 3-hour bus ride from Metro Manila to Sto. Tomas, Batangas, the starting point of the climb. The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season. Experienced mountaineers can accomplish the whole traverse in 7 hours or less compressing it in just a day.
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