Nature-ral High

Nature-ral High
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail

March 31, 2009

Mt. Malasimbo

February 28, 2009. Its my second time to go to Puerto Galera, but this time its not for beach or nightlife but to climb the mountain beside it. Mt. Malasimbo. The jumpoff of Mt. Malasimbo is just a tricycle away from the white beach. First thing I wonder about the trail is that why is it so steep, slippery and directly straight. Upon examining, this is not just the trail for hikers for also for logs! Yes, illegally cut logs that are slided down on this path. Its kindda silly since theres a big sign at the jumpoff that illegal loggers are not welcome. sus! Trapo talaga!
I've read from blogs that this mountain is also infested by limatiks. Ive encountered some, but not as many as the one in Makiling. Along the trail, we were also able to meet a few locals of this mountain, the Mangyans.
The trail is mostly the same along the way upto the campsite. Campsite is very exposed, and since its near the ocean, the wind is blowing very hard. From this place, you have a complete view of the beach and the islands nearby. Our plan is to summit after arriving at the campsite but since we missed our schedule and its getting dark, we shelved the plan for early tommorow morning. As night went on the wind was blowing harder, worst, look like its going to rain. The wind was blowing so hard the my buddys tent (our tent) was flattened. It turned out that his pole bended. We cut our 'socials' short and opted to sleep. And then it rain. The flapping of the flysheet and rain woke me up several times.
Sadly, we woke up to the sound of rain. We decided to cancel our summit assault to due bad weather. If the climb was very steep, imagine the descent with rain. Very very slippery. There are also expose parts were we need to cover our face coz it hurts when the raging rain hits you. In the middle of our descent rain stops, it turns out that its only raining on top of the mountain.
We reach the beach around noon time. Some of us took a dip, then clean up. After which we decided to head back home.

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