Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mt. Mariveles (Tarak Ridge)

To start this, last year this group was formed, consisting of individuals that loves and having the same common goals to reach for the heights, to see the beautiful sights, and experience the wonders of the nature.

Our 1st Stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mt. Mariveles (Tarak Ridge)
Mariveles, Bataan
March 21-22, 2009
SPI Mountaineering Club
by Lakwatsero
Jump off point: Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles
LLA: 14°30.357′N, 120°30′E, 1,006 MASL (ridge); 1,130 MASL (peak)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days, 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3

Tarak Ridge, on Mt. Mariveles’ west face, that has gained much attention. Its craggy landscape, sharp rocks, and steep location may have given rise to its name, Tarak, which is somewhat of a cross between ‘Tabak’ (hunting knife) and ‘Tarik’ (steep). There is a scenic, 270-degree view of Bataan which includes the islands of Corregidor and neighboring islands, as well as Manila Bay all the way to Cavite.

The trail is divided into two: a first part involves wide trails, at times dense grasslands – which are during summer months burned in kaingin. The typhoons in 2006 damaged sections of the trail, including one which now needs the assistance of a rope to be crossed. This first part takes three hours and ends in Papaya river – a rest station and water source. Then the next part involves woodlands, steep trails in which you can hold on to branches and roots for support. After 90 minutes, you’ll find yourself in Tarak Ridge. Set up camp here, then go for the optional assault on Mt. Tarak (El Saco and Tarak peaks). By the time you return, it’s approaching dusk. The sunset is colorful and dramatic.

Gusts of wind, coming from the South China Sea, pound hard on the Ridge, requiring extra pegs for tents at night. Inside your tent, you will feel aboard a sailboat, with the sails flapping noisily with the wind. This extra thrill makes Tarak Ridge a truly breathtaking and exciting destination.
Suggested Itinerary:
0300 Board Genesis or Bataan Express Bus Lines to Brgy. Alas-sin, Bataan
0630 ETA Brgy. Alas-Asin
0700 Start Trek
1100 ETA Papaya river, lunch
1430 Resume trek to woodlands
1600 ETA Tarak Ridge, set up camp
1630 Explore the Summit (there is a mossy forest there)
1830 Back at the Ridge; sunset viewing
1900 Prepare for dinner
2000 Socials
2200 Lights out
0600 Breakfast; break camp
0700 Start Descent
0730 ETA papaya river
1000 Back at the jump-off point
1100 Optional sidetrip (Corregidor Trip / near Resorts)
1200 ETD for Manila

This is the start of the trek off picture picture(starting from left...jaja, rye, johari, brian, lord and regie............)
Registration area.....again the max together with pia...(spimc pres.) & tatay & nanay, the caretakers.
At the papaya are the papaya boyz.............
if we could swim to this clouds.....we will is really nice to see this kinds of views...the breeze of the wind..and the excitement of taking pictures....of course.........hehehehe....

At last we were on our way home...see the faces.....are all smiling.................. pagod lang!!!!!!!!


Binder Builder said...

I like the sea of clouds its amazing...

Those guys in the papaya river, what an awesome body..

More pics..

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

wow! may sea of clouds din pala sa Tarak... sayang, bakit di namin nakita yun... hehehe!!!

Anonymous said...

hindi naman masyadong copy paste yung info mo, ano? cite the original blogger.

lakwatserong tatay said...

@anonymous...thanks for the comment...
so here's your request, the info came from Sir Gideon of Pinoy Mountaineer...the itinerary came from our group SPIMC and of course the picture placed is ours...
btw, sorry if i did not cite the original blogger...
there's always a first time...infact this was my 1st entry after please bare..

thanks for reminding me..^_^

Sonyboy Fugaban said...

This is, to date, one of the best mountains on my list.


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