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Monday, January 12, 2015

Mt. Daraitan

Last week, one of my friends who love to travel and do random plans of going somewhere, invited me to hike a mountain.  Mt. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal.

Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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Of course, ME who wants to become a nomad / adventurous / "take me wherever you'll go, I'm always game" / "conquer your fear" / "you only live once" kind of person said YES.  Little did I know that the trail of this mountain is for super adventurous people and experienced hiker/trekker.  You know, those ones who really LIKE those steep, dangerous, tough to hike mountains trails.

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Our bumpy 1 hour tricycle ride to Brgy. Daraitan
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Art Li and Stuff - Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

That mountain range view is really astounding.
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Some of the friends I went with.
Claire bear and Roi (you should check this guy's Instagram account, he's one awesome adventurer)
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Art Li and Stuff - Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

Mountains and river.  The view here is truly one of the most amazing. :)
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Left: Locals crossing the river in their tricycle | Right: The view from where we crossed the river
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Art Li and Stuff - Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

Not the trail of Mt. Daraitan.  These are trees from where we crossed the river.
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Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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Art Li and Stuff - Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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View from the top. Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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Art Li and Stuff - Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal

View from the summit.  Majestic, isn't it?
Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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Mt. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
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Gah! I almost thought we would never get out of there.  I have to admit I was a bit scared.  And some of the friends I was with admitted that too.  Let me tell you some of the reasons why our hike was difficult.

1.  Most of us are first time hikers - If you've been reading my blog for some time now,  I'm pretty sure I mentioned that I don't really like hiking the mountains.  I was in for the view.  And the clouds.  And the fresh air.  I appreciate nature, I really do.  I think God's creation is there for every human in this world to see and I'm very thankful every time I was given an opportunity to see it.  I'm just not that enthusiastic with the whole hiking stuff.

We went there through an invitation from a hiker on Facebook.  My friend is the one who's in contact with them and he invited me and some of our friends to join the group.  Some of us are first time hikers including myself (I've only hiked once.  Last year , with my sweetness and a friend hiked Taal Volcano).  So imagine our confused faces when our guide told us that the trail involve slopes ranging from 60 to 90 degrees.  "I mean, Man! Come on!"  My mind sort of thought that and shrugged off the feeling that this might be a gigantic mistake.  I just told my self  "NO, you're going to do this.  You're going to get through this.  The view at the top is worth it"  And I was right.  The view at the top is definitely worth it. =)

2.  It was raining - Although it didn't rain continuously,  the trail is very slippery because of the mud.  When I hiked Taal Volcano 6 months ago,  it was scorching hot because of the sun and the trail is sandy not muddy.  So this is a first for us too.  The angle of the mountain slopes is difficult enough let alone be it muddy on the day we hiked the mountains.  -_______-  So the difficulty going down is twice  the level of difficulty going up.  I actually enjoyed the hike going up but the trail going down is scary especially in the dark.  Yes, that's right.  We were not able to climb up on schedule.  It was supposed to be for 3 hours only but our group took almost 5 hours to get to the summit.  And we're supposed to go Tinipak river but we run out of time.

3.  Descended late in the afternoon - Because most of us are first time hikers and the trail was slippery,  it took us almost 5 hours to reach the summit.  That is way way over than the supposed scheduled time because this was a day tour only.  When it was time for our descend, it was already late in the afternoon.  I remember expecting to get to the foot of the mountain before the sun sets but to no avail.  The trail is slippery, my mind is exhausted and so is my body.  We started our ascend at 9:00 am.  Got to the summit at approximately 1:30 pm, had our lunch and started our descend at 2:30 pm.  Guess what time we made it down the mountain?  8:00 PM! (✖╭╮✖) I remember slipping several times when I hiked Taal but this time I only slipped once during our descend but it was one heavy fall.  TT.TT  It was tough.  Probably the toughest and I'm just getting started!


Climbed Mt. Daraitan last saturday.. I still can't believe we made it out alive O.O
Photo credit: Roi
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It was hard, challenging and exhausting but I can proudly say that I conquered one of the toughest to climb mountains in the Philippines!  Too bad I wasn't able to take photos during our ascend and descend because seriously, both of my hands are grabbing whatever they can while trekking down.  I don't really want to accidentally drop my camera in the cliff now, don't I?  My friend is planning to return for the Tinipak River and I hope when that time comes it'd be a bit easier for me.  No rain please. >.<

How about you?  Which mountain did you hike that gave you the toughest experience?
Share your thoughts in the comments box below! =)


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