I’ve always preferred to climb Batulao early morning especially for dayhikes but as always, I constantly end up savoring the heat of Batulao… I don’t know what’s with me coz no matter how I’ve known how fiery it could be, my shield frequently comes shorthanded.
Anyways, for this dayhike, the thought of a rewarding beach after this blistering trek kept me going… Beach, beach, beach….
Actual itinerary as follows:
7am to 9am – travelled from Manila to Evercrest
930am – start of trek via the new trail
11am – finally reached the registration area after countless stops to take cover
1130am – resumed trek to summit
1215pm – reached the summit with trail bottles drained
1220pm – started descent via the old trail
115pm – reached the old trail registration area
3pm – back at jump-off, regrouped with the team and prepared for Burot Beach
|imagine how muddy the trail can be during the rainy season|
|beautiful Batulao ridge|
|my pose before paying the registration fee.. hehehe..|
|at the summit with a roasted face...|
|that's me, maneuvering my way down..|
|the wall part -- with water gushing down amidst the heat of the sun|
|one of the steep part in the old trail -- between the summit and the campsite..|
|one of the campsites with Batulao ridge backdrop..|
It was already 4pm when we left for Calatagan and an hour thereafter, the welcome marker greeted us. We stopped at Calatagan proper for our supplies provision then after a literally “rocky” ride and a shade before 6pm, the beautiful Burot Beach hailed before us.
I thought at first that being undeveloped, road unpaved, unadvertised – we will be alone in the beach… but as soon we entered the area, all tables were taken, several tents were up, parking occupied, laughter all over… wow… it resembled Anawangin. I can’t help imagine how it looked at summer.
|sunset at Burot Beach|
Travel Date: October 2013
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