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Mt. Sipit - Ulang Day Hike (Less than 360 PHP)

Welcome back to mountain climbing, xtintina!
Shit just got insanely real, universe! Whatever happened to my one hike per month. Haha! I asked for climb mates, the universe gave me climb mates who love scheduling diy day hikes. Loving it so far though! Hike day Sundays. <3

Anyway, this will be about our day hike in Mt. Sipit-Ulang at Rodriguez, Rizal.

Directions:

From Farmer's Cubao, we rode an FX to Rodriguez, Rizal.
In Rodriguez, Rizal we rode a tricycle to the jump-off point in Barangay Mascap.

Just ask around where the tricycle terminal is. 


I had no food with me back then so I bought my lunch from a carinderia near the jump-off point which I wasn't able to eat during the hike. It turned out to be a quick and easy hike (252 MASL) that we decided to eat our lunch once we're back here.

You are to pay the environmental fee and sign-up in this area. 



ASCENT: PANIKI TRAIL
DESCENT: BANAYAD TRAIL


I didn't look at any hike posts but they were saying that this one's Mt. Bato Lang. I agreed with them as soon as I saw the rocky trail. Which, by the way, I prefer more than a muddy one. Our climb in Infanta, Quezon (Lilim Conservatory) is still my worst and hardest up to date. Link: here. 


Passing through this stone wall reminded me so much of the Ugong Rock spelunking activity I did in Puerto Princesa last year. Link: here.



I enjoy this kind of trail but it brings more danger to a clumsy person like me. haha! I always had to ask kuya guide, "Pano????" "San tatapak???"

The trail is interesting with all the limestone rocks. Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Hapunang Banoi which I'll be posting soon have the same type of rock. Also, don't forget to bring gloves with you since some have very sharp edges.



Bamboo bridge for picture taking.



Rocks making the trail a lot more interesting. 


Mt. Bato Lang gaming.



This is a traverse so we didn't pass through this back to the jump-off point. Paniki Trail is much more challenging than Banayad Trail. 



The part that protrudes in the middle of the picture above is Mt. Sipit-Ulang. It looks far when I took this picture but we reached that fast that I asked, "Ito na 'yon?" Sa isip-isip ko, di pa ko nagtatanong kung ano ba 'tong ginagawa ko sa buhay ko. :)))


Maybe because my body's getting used to physical activities again that this climb wasn't as hard and wasn't as self-questioning as Mt.Tagapo.



It started raining when we reached the peak but it was fine 'cause another group of hikers were taking pictures at the rock formation. Sipit-Ulang means crab claws, by the way. 



My usual self would just be fine taking pictures with this since I hate rock scrambling/climbing but my hike mates were all pushy I had no choice but to go up there with them. 



The view on top is either this or a mountain range with abundant vegetation. Huhu. No to deforestation!



DUDE, THIS IS THE HIGHEST I CAN GET. 



Sat here for quite sometime 'cause I can't obviously go down and I can't go higher either. haha! Look how sweaty I was because of the sunlight.

Tintin's happiest when she's out there appreciating the beauty of nature. 



WOOOO! Who would've thought I'll have a chance to do this in this lifetime?! HAHAHA. 



So this is what I looked like during the photo ops while in Sipit-Ulang.

It was because of Kuya Guide's help that I was able to safely go down. Me and my poor choices in where to step and hold during descent were very evident that he had to make me step on his foot. 



Balik-Alindog program is kind of happening these days, guys. Just wait and see! CHOS!!



Bye!!




Descent was a lot easier compared to the ascent though we had to cross two streams.




It started raining when we got back the jump-off point. We ate our late lunch here, rested and took a shower because my leggings were again filled with mud.



Sorry to our laundry lady because it will be tough for her these coming days since we have more hikes schedules. And knowing me, I always go down the mountain with soiled clothes. 



Their shower area was clean with faucet. 



I don't remember hitting my leg on something so this developing bruise was a surprise.




Breakdown of expenses in Mt. Ulang. <3

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