travel factor: mt. pico de loro/mt. palay-palay

Wet with mud and rain, sliding down the mountain using my butt and palms, I wondered, briefly, why I even signed up for this.

Compared to Mt. Pinatubo, the climb to Pico de Loro was harrowing. I had a scary moment when I had to sit because I couldn’t catch my breath and I could already see black spots in front of my eyes. The muscles near my right kneecap cramped up on the return trek –  a new pain, so new that it took me a while before I realized I was already having cramps. It rained while we were on the summit, and on the way down I slipped and fell in the mud more than twice. Four days after the hike I still find it hard to bend my knees. Perfect for newbie mountaineers, my foot!

BUT I was glad I went ahead and discovered that I could survive such a crazy trek. While on the summit we spotted rain in the distance, and saw black rain clouds rise up around the summit like smoke. We saw dragonflies flying more than 600 meters above sea level. I heard complex bird calls I’ve never heard anywhere before. And the most amazing thing was the entire week before the trek I was worried I would be a burden to strangers, but it turned out that Bebang Siy’s husband, Poy, was there with his sister, Rianne — so I became a burden to people I sort-of know! Pwede na rin! Haha! Thanks to these two, otherwise I would have been found crying in an ant-infested corner of the trail.

My thanks once again to Travel Factor, especially to sweeper Fonci Patricio. Syempre sa sobrang bagal ko sweeper na ang kadaldalan ko pabalik. Kalurkey. 

Great trip! The pain was worth it.

PICO DE LORO

Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas
Major jump-off: Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite
Minor jump-off: Ternate-Nasugbu Highway, Nasugbu, Batangas
LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 2-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Distinctive spire at the summit, forests, scenic views of Cavite

Source: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/08/mt-palay-palaypico-de-loro-664_9808.html

ITINERARY

04:00 Meet-up at designated location in Ortigas area
04:30 ETD Ortigas
07:30 ETA Ternate Cavite, eat breakfast snacks
08:00 Registration, Start of trek
11:30 Arrive at summit!
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Start of descent
14:30 Sidetrip to the falls
15:00 Resume descent
17:00 Arrive at jump-off point, wash up
17:30 ETD Ternate, Cavite
20:30 ETA Ortigas

PS I didn’t go to the monolith because damn are you crazy

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Poy and Rianne:

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

It was a big group, 64 in all:

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Some of us took the wrong trail and ended up on the other side of the campsite. Oops. But it was a great view:

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

We had to loop back and go through thick clumps of bamboo.

Campsite for lunch.

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

Mt. Pico de Loro Climb

To the summit!

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Corregidor in the distance.

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Hamilo Coast?

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel FactorThe monolith.

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Look at that striking white line of a road:

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Here comes the rain.

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

The campsite from above.

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

Mt. Pico de Loro climb with Travel Factor

I was told the Pico de Loro trail, though covered and cool, was harder than the Mt. Pulag Ambangeg trail. Well, damn. I guess I’m going to Pulag next? :)

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7 thoughts on “travel factor: mt. pico de loro/mt. palay-palay

  1. Ambangeg of Mt Pulag is a walk in the park.. you gotta love it for its awesome Cordillera landscape.

    I wouldn’t call the trails of Mt Palay Palay (Pico de Loro) harrowing, but when you’re wet with mud and rain, and had been hugging the earth and rocks in the trail.. thats something! :)
    You’ll ask why, but you brought this upon yourself.. kiddin!
    This mountain is amazing, and I enjoyed reading your post..
    Reminds me of the first mountain I ever climb. :)

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