17 January 2007

Heigh ho, to the Pig's Spine we go!

This was a trek from last year. I received the photos last December but workload was up to the ceiling so I'm finding time to update only recently.

But even if this happened last year, I can still remember the elation we felt when we finally arrived at the much-acclaimed Gulugod Baboy (or Pig's Spine). The place is named as such because a dominant sloping area there looks just like a pig's spine. The added feature of having a huge campsite makes this a favorite among big groups too. Plus, this is a relatively new site so it's not "commercialized" in the sense that there are no sari-sari stores around, no coconut juice along the way. Well, we missed the coconut juice of course but Gulugod Baboy is the place to go when you want to really feel that you "left civilzation".

We commuted on the way to Batangas, and it was already around 9 when we arrived at the base. As we surveyed the area, I thought I might get sunburned again (I turned mildly red at Mt. Maculot). Surprisingly, the trek here was shorter than the one at Maculot. It has been said that the trip going to the peak will only take 1.5 hours. But we're not like the ordinary guys out there. Nope. A level 1 climb takes us 4 hours to traverse. And this climb was not an exception. It was already mid-afternoon when we arrived at the peak. Which was not so bad at all because the sun was mid-way through its journey and the weather was cool.

It's quite windy up there, but not strong enough to blow down our dome tents. Cooking with charcoals was out of the question though, so we munched on the unroasted marshmallows instead.

What joy! The scenery was just wonderful. There were a handful of other trekkers as well, and a jolly bunch they were. Friendly atmosphere overall.

What a great time to unwind from work... really worth the weekend to go somewhere to just simply be with friends, cook whatever is there, enjoy the scenery, not think about how things are at the office... even just for a weekend.


  1. Anonymous8:30 pm

    nice pics watson...

    do you know when i th exact date of the Panagbenga? the exact date where the flower parade will take place? i'm planning to watch panagbenga so i want to know the exact date the flower parade will take place... thanks for the help... :)

  2. Anonymous1:43 am

    wow! ganda nga ng lugar. pero hindi ko makita yung gulugod ng baboy - ano ba ang itsura noon? :D

  3. Anonymous3:46 am

    The picture of the person in the air at the peak is magnificent!

  4. pre ganda dyan sama mo naman ako

  5. Anonymous10:58 pm

    Sa Anilao siguro kayo dumaan ano? Kung sa Mabini pwede kayo pahatid sa jeep, konting lakad na lang at nandon na kayo sa camp site. hehe!

    Saan next climb nyo?

    Nga pala, tnx ulit sa gift for Pia

  6. Anonymous1:50 pm

    been there once, maganda nga doon dahil maganda na angview di pa masyadong mahaba ang aakyatin. tapos kapag may time pa may beach sa ibaba, oks na oks sa gulugod. ganda ng mga pics mo dito. parang gusto ko ring tumalon ng mataas! hehe. ang gaan ng latawan mo!

  7. Anonymous9:02 pm

    kakainggit! miss ko na mag-trek!

    nagbacktrack pala kayo kaya mejo mahaba ang nalakad nyoh!

    been there twice kasi yung unang punta walang trill dahil pagbaba ng dyip konting lakad campsite na... kaya balik ulit kami. hehehe

  8. Anonymous8:43 pm

    Buti may time ka pa sa ganyan tito nick. Tingin ko kasi ang busy ng life mo. Byahe lang from manila to baguio parang kakapagod na.

  9. Lino: Thanks! Wala pa ako date for Panagbenga. Will update you. Galing ako Baguio last weekend, wala pa sched.

    Cess: Yung spine area ng baboy, that's where the hair gets split into the two sides. you can see it on the first photo. May line sa middle nung top ng mountain.

    Ed: That's me! Nice, huh?

    Backpackers: tara lets!

    Apol: Actually hindi ko alam kung saang side kami dumaan eh. Ang hina ko talaga sa directions.

    Cruise: Pinilit kong tumalon. hahaha

    Mmy-Lei: ang saya talaga dun. At hindi mabato kaya ang sarap matulog!

    Ann: I make time to do these or else nasa mental na siguro ako sa pagod at stress.

  10. Anonymous6:21 pm

    Nice shots and breathtaking views. Love the sunset. And is that you jumping in the air?

  11. cool shot of you jumping! i like!

  12. Niceheart: Yes, that's me. The sunset was really great.

    Dessagirl: Yes I like me jumping too ! :-)


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