This is actually a late blog for my adventure in Batangas. I went out with my med mountaineering buddies, Floyd, Me, Carl, Mika,Nikko. It was only after some free time after our mind-boggling midterm examinations that we were able to go and reunite with our dear mother nature. This time I,together with my new set of group, headed to Brgy. Malabrigo in Lobo. Our original plan was to hike Mt. Naguiling/Lobo. I thought Lobo is just one mountain. Little did I know that this area in Batangas is named Lobo. ( You can see the other mountains of lobo Here)
Reasons such as: availability of the trail guide that time; the incidence of injury happened the previous hike to the said mountain and the advice of the personnel in the tourism office, made us decide to climb Tilos instead. The lady personnel even asked us if we are beginners because we might have a hard time climbing. Well, it still depends on the type of person but I do not recommend this to people who are new to hiking, especially if they are so keen with the views of the summits. Nevertheless, trekking this mountain offers the view of Mt.Nalayag, Verdes Island and Malabrigo beaches. The trail consists of woodlands, grassland and forests.
So this our “Before” picture.(From Left to Right:Floyd,Me,Carl,Mika,NIkko)
I usually research before the climb(which I also believe you must do too ). I was not really able to read much about this mountain. First, I did not have much time. Second, we changed our plans. But since we are already here, we just submitted ourselves to the challenge and do the research afterwards. BTW, here is the mountain profile from Sermontaineer that we only happened to know afterwards. (For more info: click here)
Major jump-off: Purok Malvar, Brgy, Malabrigo Lobo, Batangas
Elevation: (610+MASL) Kogonan Ridge, (640+masl ) Summit
Hours of Climbing: 5 to 6 hours
Days of Climbing: 1 Day
Alternate trail: Boulders Trail
Specs: Major Climb
Trail classes: agricultural terrain, rocky channel, woodland trail, forested trail, grassy trail, boulders trail
Features: tropical dry forest, scenic views, coastal view, exploratory, bouldering
Well, it is indeed refreshing and surprising to know that there are rare plants that can be seen there.Too bad we were not able to appreciate because we did not know what we really have to take note . And Tilos was actually a “road less travelled”. It something that is really not in the mainstream list of mountains-you know, being able to experience something uncommon.Others would not even know that this landform even exists.I am a bit proud of myself because no one knows that this is a major climb with a difficulty of 6/9.
This is our Itinerary:
3am Meet up, Mcdo T.Sora
3:30am Meet up with other friend in UST area
7:00am Breakfast at Jollibee
7:45am Arrival at Lobo,Registration at Tourist Information and Registration Area
8:30 or 9am(?) Register and coordinate at Pasalubong/Tourism office (We had to wait for their office to open)
9:00am Register at NBI
9:40am Start of Trek
(12:00 Grassy Ridge with a view of the sea)
2:45pm Start of descent
5:00pm End of trek
5:15 pm Malabrigo Lighthouse
5:30pm tidy up and dinner at a friend’s house near the pasalubong office at Lobo.
8:00pm Return to Manila
This is the Tourist Information and registration area.Sorry FLoyd and NIkko.haha..This is the only pic i got.
It was actually a long trek(8hrs). There are some tall grassy parts and forest trails. It seems as if that the previous hike on this mountain was already a long time ago since the trail guides had to cut the grass with their itak’s and make our own trail. True enough, the last hike here was April or June of this same year.
On the side note, you really have to be careful not to get close on the edge of the newly-cut trails because even if it is just covered with grass or weeds beneath it was already a cliff. Additionally, if your skin is sensitive, make sure you cover your face and extremities enough because of the tall grasses. I remember my face had abrasions from a grass with spikes that was on my way. I tried to remove it but it only clung deeper. Haha..scary thought.But thanks to kuya trail guide, we were able to remove it.
I asked kuya why this mountain was called Mt. Tilos, he said it’s because it is the tallest among the mountains of Lobo when you look at it from the sea. If you are after the view, you may appreciate it an area of a slope or ridge open clearing in the area of cogon grasses.This offers the view of Malabrigo beaches and Verdes Island. Too often than not, many new and even old hikers get their excitement from looking at the views from the summit that they make their pace speedy enough to reach it in no time. That is why many people keep on asking “Are we there yet?” Well,Mt. Tilos is one of the mountains(so far) that taught me to enjoy and appreciate the journey more and not to be so hype with the destination.
We reached a grassy slope open viewing area there. There is also an area where you can already see Nalayag rocks (You can see the monoliths). There are also boulder of rocks which offers a picturesque view.( I am sorry if I am not that particular with the names though.)The summit(640masl) is covered with trees so it was shaded. There was also an excavation there. If my ears and memory serves me right, then it is for mining. I am not sure if what I heard is correct because what I am really focused on was the view. I wasn’t able to take a picture of it.
Forested summit.Here we are at last!:)
For you to appreciate the view, you have to climb this tree so you can reach this makeshift viewing deck. It looks scary and not that stable. But it is manageable. You need some great deal of balance so you won’t fall. You have to be careful not to fall because you will really fall very deep. At first, I was hesitant to try it but since I was already there and I did not want any regrets of not being able to see what was to be seen there. Plus, Nikko already tried it first, and he was able to go down alive (Haha), so why not,eh?
This is the view from the treetop.
Makeshift viewdeck. I was assisted by kuya.He told me to remove my footwear.Thanks for this great shot,kuya:)
Just like I said I was able to do my research after our hiking. I have learned that Mt.Tilos’ summit has no clearing and thus, it is not considered the main attraction. It was in the Kogonan ridge.
On the latter part of our hike, we had to walk on rocky trails. Even if I brought 2L of water, I still got tired thatI was beginning to lose balance. I didn’t expect it was going to be a really long hike for all of us. Some of us ran out of water so thanks to the freshly opened buko juices we found along the trail. It took us around 8hours.(Including rest and picture taking, of course) I could say, this is the first time that I became exhausted from hiking. It seems to be endless. Haha. Good thing, one of my buddies assisted me on the last parts. (Thanks Floyd).
After the trek, good thing we still had time so we went to check the historical Malabrigo lighthouse. It was not open so we just stayed outside.
This is where we end our trip. We paid and thank our kuya guides.(I forgot their names because this was already a late post. But they are nice.)
AS for our dinner, thanks to nikko’s good friend, Tina. They are very nice and accommodating. They also let us use their bathroom to tidy up. After this, we went back to Manila.
So that happened to be my first major hike.Another tiring yet happy day it is!Once again, Thanks to God for he guided us and made us safe. He let us experience his wonderful creation. Til next time,folks!-Rz