Before the final term of this sem got very intense, we had decided to hike Mt.hapunang Banoi. They said it is the most difficult mountain to climb in the series of mountains in Brgy. Wawa, Montalban because of its sharp rocky nature. Well, i can say that it is challenging. But I like how it made my whole body worked out just to have a grasp on the rocky layout of the mountain. I just want to remind anyone who wants to climb this mountain to bring good gloves.(unless you want your hands to get wounded.)
Loving to see the Sunrise up here
Here are some details from pinoymountaineer.com:
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, RizalLLA: 14°44′25.3′′ N, 121°11′30.4′ 517 MASL (+460m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3.5 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-4 with limestone scrambling
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
“Banoi is the Tagalog word for eagle, and the name of the mountain comes from its folkloric seat as the ‘place where eagles come to dine’. The fact that there are other mountains named Banoi – the one in Lobo, Batangas and Tukduang Banoi in Tanay, Rizal facing Mt. Irid – speaks of the extent of the eagles’ domain in the past. Unfortunately, the eagles have dwindled in number – but guides say that they continue to see them occasionally.”-Gideon Lasco
5;00am meet up /registration
5:30 Start climb
6:00 Foot of the mountain/Rest
10:00 start of descent
10:30 reached the junction/snack time
12:00 washup, sidetrip to wawa dam
So here with me are jas,yani, her ate and kuya, karen and her Bf.
I think this was the earliest that we got up for a climb and it is still dark. The trail going to Mt Pamitinan and Mt. hapunang banoi is the same so if you already tried climbing it before,it is going to be a bit familiar. It will just be separated when you reach the junction there. So it can be twin hike.(Actually,you may do a penta climb) There are mini stores in that area so it is somewhat okay if you forget your snack with you.
Foot of the mountain
You might think that a flat road will lead you to the foot of the mountain,but no.You will still be pumping up your cardio so better be ready for that. You might think you are already panting a lot only to know you have not reach the foot yet.
The views and the rocks
Some people may ask about the duration of the climb. They say the average time would be 3-4 hours but because there are those who loves to take pictures then it will be longer, of course. Rest periods would also entail additional time.Plus the snacks.Soome people would want lesser number pf hours but it is kinda ironic cause they have many resting periods.If you are not in a hurry.Just enjoy!
If you want to know if it is really that hard, then i must say that it really depends on your confidence to your self. But they just say it is the hardest of all mountains there.they even mentioned it is like 6/9.but a friend of mone said it is only 4.
i have friends with me who are both new in hiking. This is their first try. Although they find it hard at first, they were able to finish it with us. It is just a matter of pacing and enjoying the trail. I always tell them you would not know you can unless you push yourself to the limits.
When you feel like you do not want to go on further, just remind yourself.It always seems impossible until it is done. After you see the view, you will be rewarded enough cause only those who dare to literally rise on top will achieve what they want.
Going to the peak
Our knees trembled as we do the 360,with our trail guide,LJ.
Done and proud
Wow.Another mountain welcomed us with its beauty and majesty. Thank God for giving this to us and thank you for guiding us all throughout this journey. We pray that we be come good stewards of your creation.Til next climb po!
Attire:(For those who does not have an idea)
- GLOVES with rubber on the palmar side.This is a must unless you want to punish yourself.
- Leggings/warmers/trekking pants (the rock formations are really sharp.)
- shoes or outdoor sandals
Things to bring:
- Hydration bag/Water at least 2L, Gatorade
- Trail food and baon(I usually bring Mentos and chicken;)
- Raincoat (just in case)
- Medic Kit
- extra clothes and towel
- Survival Tools/Ropes
- Survival kit
Thanks to my sponsor!
If you want to go here,you can ride a jeepney at commonwealth market terminal.(Route/ signboard going to montalban/san jose/bukid tagump.)Ask the driver to drop you at crossings.from there you can ride a trike going to wawa denr office.
Or you can ride Uv express (goong to rodriguez rizal)from Farmers cubao.