I always wanted to document or video taped my hiking events or climbs like the mini video that Vitto (“The Day Hiker” in the making) created when we visited and traversed Mt. Batulao for 1 day in Nasugbu, Batangas last September 21, 2012. Start trek 9:11am and we ended 4:44pm.
This is my 2nd time to climb this mountain peaks and this is a revisit already and I dubbed this as “The Corleone Brothers Day Hike Adventure Edition”. The mystique 360 view of Mt. Batulao never fails to amuse me and give Vitto the perfect first time experience.
The weather is just good, not too sunny, cloudy and it never rained. At the end, in fact, we felt the cold breeze coming from the fogs that formed in the clouds and as we leave it came towards us. I had a great fun during that climb and pays to get close to the nature. It’s an instant relief for me and it’s a great way to escape from the stressful life in the metro. 😀
Here’s the video taken using Sony digicam and he edited using Movie maker for dummies:
Facts about the Mt. Batulao:
Courtesy of Pinoymountaineer.com
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault
Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
For complete details click here.
Mt. Batulao remains open as of March 8, 2012 to the public in the aftermath of a tragic incident involving a first-time hiker who fell to her death in the ridgelines of the New Trail. As this accident is attributable to human error, there is no inherent change in the status of the trails, although caution, as usual, is advised.
Becuase of the many ‘ups and downs’ of Mt. Batulao, the altitude gain from the jump-off point to the summit is actually less than 300 MASL.
Batulao’s name is said to derive from a spectacular origin. Every yearend, the sun sets right between Batulao’s two peaks, creating an image of rocks surrounding a disc of red light. In Tagalog, this phenomenon of “Bato sa Ilao” (Illuminated Rocks) became abbreviated to “Batulao”. Although this happens only in the last week of December, Batulao’s charms throughout the year are more than enough to make it among the favored mountaineering destinations.
The First Amputee Climb was held in Batulao in November 2009. Four amputees reached the summit, and the event was featured in GMA 7‘s Born to be Wild and ABS-CBN‘s Rated K. The climb was organized by PinoyMountaineer.com and the Mu Sigma Phi medical fraternity.
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- Mt. Batulao Revisited – Day Hike Traverse (Sept 21, 2012) (kalongkong.wordpress.com)