leech at the summit of mt makiling

OFF! Lotion Works Better than Alcohol Against Leeches (Limatik)

Posted on August 14, 2016

So far, there are only two types of leeches I’ve encountered based on the color of their exterior. One is light brown, and the other is striped (alternating yellow and green lines). These bloodsuckers thrive in damp vegetation, so they’re mostly found in mossy forests. There’s a long list of mountains and trails where leeches have been reportedly seen, and the list includes the Tawangan Trail, Mt. Tapulao, and Mt. Sicapoo. Brown and Striped Leeches The first image shows aRead More

Mt. Sicapoo Penguin Rock Formation

Mt. Sicapoo’s Timarid-Simagaysay Trail – What’s the Trail Like?

Posted on July 30, 2016

On July 25, 2016, after a three-day series of grueling ascents and descents – not to mention a half-day river crossing – I and three others finally conquered Mt. Sicapoo via the Timarid-Simagaysay trail. In Pinoy Mountaineer’s difficulty scale, this trail has received a 9/9 rating, making it one of the most difficult treks in the Philippines alongside Sibuyan Island’s Mt. Guiting-Guiting. But to my three companions who had successfully tackled both mountains, Sicapoo has proven to be the tougherRead More

What Makes Mt. Tapulao a Difficult Hike? Prepare for These

Posted on July 12, 2016

Mt. Tapulao is one tough ascent. How tough? I say it’s tougher than the Akiki Trail. With Akiki, the series of steep slopes leading to Marlboro Country is undoubtedly a great challenge. But unlike Mt. Tapulao’s, these slopes are covered with pine trees, and the cool temperatures don’t easily sap your energy. Yes, there’s also an abundance of pine trees in Mt. Tapulao, but it’ll be hours before you can rest under their shade. It’s also worth noting that AkikiRead More

Akiki Trail Endless Switchbacks

How Difficult is Mt. Pulag’s Akiki-Tawangan Trail?

Posted on May 27, 2016

From May 20 to 22, I was with a large mixed group of hikers tackling Mt. Pulag’s Akiki-Tawangan Trail. Here’s our itinerary. Day 1: Akiki Ranger Station – Eddet River – Marlboro Country Day 2: Marlboro Country – Saddle Campsite Day 3: Saddle Campsite – Mt. Pulag Summit – Brngy. Tawangan Pinoy Mountaineer has given the trail a difficulty rating of 7/9. But what exactly does he mean? Here, I’d like to show some images that show sections of theRead More

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