To satisfy our addiction to mountain climbing (at least on a monthly basis), we climbed the Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Mabini, Batangas last 18-19 February 2012. Eight of us converged on the bus station at Diversion area in Bauan, Batangas, before proceeding to Philpan jump off point with a rented jeepney for Php 1,000 per trip. This time, I brought my eldest son Daniel with me.
It was around 4:30 pm when we started our leisurely ascent, not worried about trekking in the dark, since we have headlamps and flashlights anyway. Besides, most of us are carrying at least 12kg of load for overnight camping, so we cannot really push ourselves to be at the campsite before dark. Below is a photo of a dead palm tree in one of the rest stations, at dusk.