Friday, May 23, 2014

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Lakbay Diwata: Mt. Tagapo

Barangay Janosa Binagonan Rizal Mount Tagapo Rizal Mountains Tagapo Dayhike Talim Island Binangonan Rizal
Mt. Tagapo a.k.a. Mt. Susong Dalaga are two conical hills located at talim Island, Binagonan, Rizal.

Mt. Tagapo
Talim Island, Laguna de Bay
Major jump-off: Barangay Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
438+ MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trails class 1-2

It was a perfect summer kick-off climb with my hiking buddy. Before we finally decided to hike Mt Tagapo we had think of Humarap, Mabilog, Sembrano, Maculot and Manalmon as a choice mountain of our  May 2014 climb. I had asked my high school classmates and friends whick I think a possible hiker to join our hike at Mt Tagapo but I was failed due to work related and time reasons.

From Shaw Blvd we took Fx bound to Binangonan Rizal port for 50 php. From there we took passenger boats going Barangay Janosa in Talim Island for 30 php.  

We met this group of hikers at the boat they are a fresh hikers of mountains like us. Meet Erma, Ron, Mond and Ralph of Montalban Rizal. Upon reaching Bo. Janosa as an standard protocol we register at barangay hall of Janosa for 20 php and we ask them if we need to hire a guide for a day hike and according to them we need to hire a guide for safety reasons. 

For 300 php we had our guide, we were lucky because we just pay 50 php each for our guide and I think its our cheapest climb we had because of this 4 guys we hike along.

The whole island is rich in bamboo grass which is the main source of living of the poeple of Talim Island and yes we started to ascent at the bamboo garden, it somewhat itchy :) but still we have to continue since we started along this journey. haha

The trail was bit challenging, upon reaching the summit we have to pass across the tall green grass carpeted the top of the mountain.

We had so much fun when we reach the summit, truly amazing view of laguna de bay which I say in mountains you'll see the beauty of nature. Of course in we do our signature pose at the top of the mountain :) selpyyyys

signature pose

kahit gaano ka kataas aakyatin kita...gapangan time

groupshot @ summit of Mt. Tagapo

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain."


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