Wednesday June 19, 2024 EDT 
a nomad in search of...
HOME PAGE About TheLoneRider Contact TheLoneRider Web      
Cambodia Canada France Hong Kong India Indonesia Italy Laos Malaysia Monaco Myanmar Nepal Philippines Singapore Switzerland Thailand Vietnam USA
Astral Projection Caving Fitness Freediving Kayaking Meditation Mountain Biking Mountaineering Rafting Rock Climbing Scuba Diving Snowboarding Surfing Traveling Yoga
Book Review Gear Review Hotel Review Movie Review Show Review Restaurant Review
Art Chilling Out Cool Sites Community Counter Culture Food Odyssey best food recipes Lucid Thoughts Peoplescape Politics Print Media Quantum Mechanics Random Lives Showbiz Snapshot Slice of Life Thought Bubble Teaching Verbatim Wealth Building
SEO Services Web Design Services Advertising Here


Recon Climb at Mt. BanahawJan 6, 2010

Recon Climb at Mt. Banahaw's Tinagong-Dagat Saddle

Mount Banahaw
Having missed UP Mountaineers' (UPM) level 1 climb to Mt. Balagbag, I zeroed-in on Tope's invite for a reconnaiassance cliimb of Mt. Banahaw's Tinagong-Dagat saddle for UPM's level 2 climb. I've heard intriguing things about Mt. Banahaw - that it's the good mountain (compared to its neighbor, Mt. Cristobal), that it's lush with undergrowth, that it's haven for blood sucking limatiks, that it's a long tough climb, etc. Climbing Mt. Banahaw, as of this writing, is on a permit basis only.

In Through the Backdoor
The 2 common jump-offs to Mt. Banahaw are through Dolores and Liliw, Laguna. However, with Tope hailing from Majayjay, Laguna (just off the foot of Mt. Banahaw), we took this not-so-known backdoor access aided by 2 guides. To be more specific, our jump off was near Taytay's waterfalls.

track profile

trip profile

Limatik Country
The initial climb took us to sloping farmlands with vine crops latching its way through trellis. With the grounds being wet, we were fair game to the limatiks in waiting. They were in such horde we could literally see them carpeting the trails. It was a prelude to bloody things to come. We made frequent stops pulling out the limatiks that made its way through our socks, shoes and pants, but at some point, I gave up and decided to let them have a feast. It was awfully tiring to pull them out, brush them away, as new ones would quickly replace them anyway.

Mossy Forest
After the open trail, we came upon the mossy forest. The trail system was largely through thick brush and vegetation. At some point, we had to blaze our way through by hacking with our machetes. Some climbs were steep with little to hold on to. Others, we had to go on all fours, or crawl under to make it under fallen trees or sometimes, over them.

Are We There Yet?
The plan was to reach the saddle in 4 hours and head back before we run out of sunlight. At 12 noon, after 4 hours of climbing with hardly any rest, the guides told us it will take another 2 to 3 hours to reach the saddle at the pace we were doing (read: no rest!). HUUUWAT? To continue further would mean we'll have to set up camp as we won't be able to make it back in time. This was just a recon climb and we didn't bring any provision except for water and food (no tent, no stove, no cookset, etc.). The only option was to abort the climb and head back.

There was no easy part on that climb. The open trails were swarmed by limatics and the mossy forest was either too brushy, too steep, too slippery or plain technical. Having no rest on the aborted 4-hour ascent and the 2-hour descent even made it more challenging. To top it all, there was no reliable water source. I had major knee issues by the time we arrived back at the jump-off. Verdict for a possible level 2 climb? NIL!

--- TheLoneRider

    Tips for a Mt. Banahaw climb:
  • bring trekking poles, 2 if you can - trust me on this...your knees will thank you
  • apply OFF lotion - according to the guides, OFF works against the limatiks
  • wear leggings - again, it's another measure for limatik protection
  • wear hiking boots with aggressive soles - the steep section is slippery, specially on the descent
  • keep your backpack lean and compact - you'll have an easier time going under fallen logs
P1061211 P1061213 P1061215 P1061217
P1061219 P1061220 P1061222 P1061224
P1061225 P1061226 P1061227 P1061229
P1061231 P1061232 P1061233 P1061235
P1061236 P1061239 P1061240 P1061241
P1061242 P1061243 P1061246 P1061247
P1061248 P1061254 P1061255 P1061258
P1061260 P1061261 tope  

Climb Comments:

(Jan 12, 2010) ...nabasa ko article mo sa website mo, galing nyo! i-re-explo natin ang Mt.Oriod!

(Jan 6, 2010) It was a good climb. Never have I been this scarred in my climbing career and I like it. My 20+ limatik bites which are still oozing blood up to know, is some kind of a trophy I will always cherish. And as Gigit said, while ordering his Royal Tru-Orange, "I earned my calories today. Solb na'ko."

Facebook Users


»» next story: Ultralight A-Sym Jungle Hammock by Hennessy Hammock
»» next mountaineering story: The Giant Fruit Bats of San Juan, Batangas

»» back to Mountaineering
»» back to Homepage

UP Mountaineers

Davao City

Davao Hotel
Family-Owned and Managed
Davao Hotel


Dumaguete Divers
Scuba Diving
Apo Island

Mario Scuba Diving and Homestay
Scuba Diving
Apo Island


Maricaban Bay property for sale, Coron
Coron Island Property for Sale
Busuanga, Palawan

Calamianes Expeditions And Ecotours, Coron
Island Hopping Tours
Coron, Palawan

Tribal Adventures Outdoor Adventure Tours

SandCastles Palawan Beach Resort SandCastles Palawan Beach Resort


Tribal Adventures
Outdoor Adventure Tours

Boracay Sandcastles Beach Resort
Boracay Beach Hotel


SEO service
Google rank:
#1 out of 425,000
as of July 9, 2010
traveling, skin diving
mountain biking

SEO Service
Web Design Service

Tell A Friend!
Your Name:

Friend's E-mail: