|Concrete Post of Steep and Slippery Paths|
Due to intermittent weather, a planned trek to Mount Pulag turned into a weekend escapade in Mount Romelo. Located in Siniloan, Laguna, I became familiar with Mount Romelo because one of the closest travel buddies used to frequent the place. In fact, his amazing shots of the place's waterfalls are all over the net and some of these shots were used by the Tourism Council of Siniloan Local Government albeit his lack of permission.
We are warned at the registration area that tt rained the night before, so the normal muddy trek up will undoubtedly be crazily, doubly muddy. And he ain't kidding because barely thirty minutes after, our shoes are all muddied-up with our trekking pants mostly covered in mud.
|Mount Romelo Summit|
I must admit, this has gotta be one of the most slippery trek I had ever done and the narrow dirt path, err mud path, adds to the fun and excitement of trekking Mount Romelo. At this point, I can't help visualizing mud-fights I have seen on videos where two or more scantily-clad ladies wrestle each other on the mud. (Snap out of it!). Haha. But only this time, a wrong step and a wrong move would end up with you not wrestling any women but horse dungs that are plenty on the path :-p.
|Trekking Mount Romelo|
Come summertime, it would take usually just two hours to reach the summit of Mount Romelo but since the trek is muddy and slippery, caution should be heeded so it is better to take your paths slowly and surely than be sorry. It rained occassionally when we went-up and it was still raining when we decended back so the opportunity for photo-shoots while trekking is limited (save of course to the the trusty,weather-proof P&S of Erick).
|Lawstude on Final Step to the Summit|
0300 Departure from Legarda, Manila (Raymond Bus)
0430 Arrival at Siniloan
0445 Breakfast at a Carinderia (Try their Batangas Goto)
0515 Arrival at jump-off point. Register (P50/person)
0530 Start trek. Expect muddy trails and Limatics too)
0900 Arrival at Campsite
Onwards - Explore mountains and waterfalls
Continued Onwards - Exploring mountains and waterfalls
1200 Start descent.
0330 Arrival at jump-off; tidy-up.
0600 Arrival at Manila
Collage photos courtesy of Erick. Last photo courtesy of Allan. The photos of Buruwisan and Lanzones Falls on my next posts.