Mt. Punsong Bato: Are you for Real?

22 11 2010

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Mt Punsong Bato: Ikaw Ba’y Totoo
Sunday, 14 February 2010
San Pablo City, Laguna
Philippines

Every time I go on mountaineering or hiking with my friends, we end up thinking of where to go next while still on trail.

The Puzzle

It was Pandecoco who suggested Mt. Punsong Bato. He remembered going there sometime ago. All of us where a bit awed with the idea since we have never heard about it nor even saw it on the map. We even challenged Pandecoco that it may be just a hill. But we thought of, why not try and for sure we will all reach the area wherever it is. Strawberry and Pandecoco agreed to go advance party (meaning, to check on the site before the rest of the group).

The D-day

After few pre-climbs on email, the Manila team went to the rendezvous area. We started “night” trekking. After 30 minutes of assault, we reached the house of Pedro, the classmate of Pandecoco whom he didn’t see after a decade or two. (Good both Pandecoco and Strawberry checked on the area before us so we had a place for water stop).

As soon as we had all filled up our water bottles, we thanked Pedro and left his abode. We were lucky we had stars that night. Strange that not only the moon was missing, the trail was beginning to hide from us too. We then decided to stop for the night anyhow we all got hungry. (We too considered the fact that the nearest water station around the area was Pedro’s.)

E-Camp

We pitched our tents and enjoyed the lights of the “tagayan”, a newly found plastic container for drinking of Breadship. After so many sharing of stories from one another, few laughs and bullying from each other, we turned off our headlamps and decided to rest for the night.

Morning Breeze

Upon waking up, I was excited to see the sunrise. I grabbed baby digi and took the best morning dew I have ever seen. The sun was beginning to rise. The fog started to hide from the day. I could se e the nearby mountain. The cool wind started to kiss the flowers around the area. They seemed to bloom in a second and it was then that I have seen the ants coming from their hiding places to start their day. We took a lot of snaps of the area around us – the trees, the flowers, the ants, the scenic angles of Mt. Punsong Bato and others. While we were enjoying the moment, Monay volunteered to get the group water from classmate’s and we all hit the trail once again after a magnificent breakfast.

Tree on the Prairie

Since our stomach got fed very well that morning, we all had a very good smile under the tree where the flowers around that time were blossoming. We were lucky to see for ourselves another look of the trail.

The Guards of Mt. Punsong Bato

We bouldered and reached Mt. Punsong Bato with awe! The area was real! And it has an amazing view of the whole San Pablo. We felt that the boulders were guarding the area for it completed the challenge of reaching and leaving the summit.

Falls not False

We started descending when the sun started to really get into our skin. This time, our objective was to reach the falls. After seeing the falls, we were a little dismayed. There was no abundant water to see the real beauty of the area. As the TL (team leader) of the hike, Pandecoco suggested to continue trekking instead. We had lunch on trail while traversing the river bank. But mind you, it was la nina time. We did not end up getting ourselves soaked into water.

HOW TO GET THERE

On board a bus coming from Manila to San Pablo City Laguna, get off 7-11 San Pablo-Maharlika Highway Barangay II B. This 7-11 is just before the traffic light, right after Franklin Baker. Take the tricycle bound to Barangay Bautista.Tell the tricycle driver to go to Santiago 2-Tarangka. This area is the jump-off. Fare is between 15 to 20 php per person.

BEST TIME TO GO

February is the best time of the year since the cold and summer seasons are getting in the way. One would see the real countryside of Laguna.

WHAT TO BRING

Make sure you have the usual outdoor gadgets: tent, sleeping bag, sturdy back pack, insect repellent, jacket in case the night gets cold or for the rain, swiss knife, first aid kit and other personal light stuff.

BUDGET

Per head would cost 1000.00php (20 USD). This includes the bus coming from Manila to San Pablo City, group food, butane and on-site transportation. Make sure that you huggle the price for the tricycle coming back and forth from Maharlika h-way. It gets difficult to hire a tricycle since the jump off is an inner area. Or else you will end up walking approx 6km long to reach 7-11.h

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5 responses

26 11 2010
San Pablo City

Wow! It’s nice to know that you were able to visit our little City here in Laguna. Come back in January for our Coco Festival and City Fiesta. 🙂

27 11 2010
adventureh

We came back last July and it was another experience. Very different from last February. Every visit is special 🙂

27 11 2010
belle

Hi can I repost this ? its me belle guest n ate thet =D

27 11 2010
adventureh

Hi Belle! Just post the link please 🙂

6 01 2011
belle

posted this link at FB. thanks so much.

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