IN PHOTOS: Mt. Gulugod Baboy

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Here I am again with no travel guide. 

I feel like there are already too many guides for Mt. Pinagbanderahan aka Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Besides, it has been more than two months since we hiked up this mountain with Filipina Explorer and her daughter Lia (who can also pass as my daughter, mind you). So, just like that entry about Mt. Arayat, here are photos taken during our climb to Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Mabini, Batangas.

We started the hike and Lia was not having any of it. Gretchen needed to calm her down.

gretchen dublin

The trail necessitated going up a paved road – a taxing task, as you all know.
gretchen dublin

The actual trail head:
mt gulugod baboy

Found these interesting-looking trees along the way...
mt. gulugod baboy

Curled around is a vine that is locally known as "gugo" which is traditionally used in the country as a natural shampoo. The pods look like giant tamarinds.
mt. gulugod baboy trail

On the first rest-stop "Station 1"...
mt. gulugod baboy trail station 1

I remember having an annoying stomachache and gulping Mountain Dew in the hope it would subside.
mt. gulugod baboy trail station 1

Lia looking bored AF.
lia dublin

Fun Fact: My Sandugo Ourea has survived countless abuse. After its soles separated from the rest of its body, I had it mended – sown together – by the local cobbler, and voila, good as new!
mt. gulugod baboy trail

Almost to the summit!
mt. gulugod baboy trail

There's an alternative path used mostly by bikers. Right before the summit, there's a sari-sari store complete with a restroom. 
mt. gulugod baboy trail

Roadblocked by a cattle.
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mt. gulugod baboy trail

mountain hikers

And... I can still do cartwheels!
mt. gulugod baboy trail

Look at that gorgeous man! <3
the dennis murillo photography

Cattle Standoff.
mt. gulugod baboy trail

After descending from the mountain, we headed straight for the nearby beach!
mt. gulugod baboy trail

mountains with beaches

beaches in batangas

I could get used to hiking then going to the beach after. Ridge to Reef. Summit to Sea, if you will.

What's your favorite mountain?
Also, here's a collection of DIY Hiking Guides. :)

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