Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kawangis Mountaineers Recollection Climb: Tarak Ridge - March, 19-20, 2011

An exclusive climb for Kawangis members was held last March 19-20, 2011 at Mt. Mariveles, Tarak Ridge, Mariveles, Bataan. This event was held in order for us to reminisce, to talk about times old times and past experiences of the group.

Mariveles, Bataan
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
*Pinoy Mountaineer

Actual Itinerary:
Day 0
2300 Assembly at Genesis Bus Terminal, Pasay (At the back of SOGO Hotel near MRT Taft Station)
Day 1
0145 ETD Pasay to Mariveles Bataan
0500 ETA Brgy. Alas Asin. Breakfast (Packed Meal) and register at Brgy. Hall (P40)
0630 Start trek
0600 ETA jumpoff
1000 ETA Papaya river; Early lunch (Packed Lunch), Swimming at Papaya river.
1300 Resume trek to woodlands
1500 ETA Tarak Ridge; set up camp
1500 Explore the summit (there is a mossy forest there)
1730 Back at the Ridge; await the sunset; prepare for dinner
1900 Dinner/Socials
2300 Lights out
Day 2
0830 Breakfast; break camp
1000 Start descent
1110 ETA Papaya river, Swimming at Papaya River.
1230 ETD Papaya river
1500 Back at Barangay Hall, Tidy up. Lunch
1745 Take bus going to Pasay
2045 ETA Ayala MRT

Estimated Expenses
Pasay-Mariveles-Pasay                             538.00
Registration                               40.00

Day O
All set, Mheann and I leaved our house at around 10 o'clock pm of March 18, 2011. We headed to Alabang just to meet James and Barbara before going to the group's meeting place. Upon arrival at the Metropolis Alabang, James texted me that they will be running late for about 30 minutes in exact. So we decided to go to a convenient store(7eleven) so we can have some snacks to eat while waiting for them to arrive. When James and Barbara arrived at 11:30pm, we headed to ride a jeep bound to Pasay. We arrived at the Genesis Bus Terminal at almost 1:00 AM of March 19, 2011. When we arrived, Jasper, Klib, Yel and Grace were already there waiting for us. We all boarded the bus bound to Mariveles, Bataan Meanwhile, the group had decided to pick up Joshua, Cherry and Jasmine to MRT Boni station, we asked the bus driver to stop by there to pick up them.

Day 1
At around 5 o'clock in the morning of March 19, 2011, we arrived at Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles Bataan. We proceeded to the Barangay Hall to have our group and names registered. The registration costs at 40 pesos per head. After Registering, we look for an open Carenderia for us to take our breakfast.

At exactly 6:30 am, we started trekking, the group of 11 Kawangis members were all excited. The start of trek is from the main highway, entering a concrete road which resembles the road in Mt. Gulugod Baboy and with the signage of Mt. Mariveles and the Tarak Ridge, from there a few walks, you will see a glimpse of the mountain ranges of  Mt. Mariveles and Tarak Ridge. A 30-45 minutes walk from  there to the house of Aling Cording. Arriving there, we take rest and have a little chat with Aling Cording. At around 7:30 AM, we resumed our trek. Aling Cording's dog named "Tiger" accompanied us on our trek.
Tiger @ Tarak ridge hidden campsite
Tiger @ Tarak Ridge
Tiger taking rest @ Nanay Cording's place after guiding us all through out the climb 
At Exactly 10 o'clock in the morning we arrived at the papaya river. Everybody prepared their lunch and James  started to cook rice. We've spent 3 hours of rest there, for us to prepare the last leg of the trek which include the 2 hours assault to ridge campsite.

It was 1 o'clock on the afternoon when we continue our trek from papaya river to the ridge campsite. The first few minutes of walk to a dry river up to the ridges shoulder was very tiring. We begun to walk in a slow pace. Good things is that the weather is good, the winds are very refreshing. As we go up and up, the trail was getting really difficult. You'll have to use your hands to support you on climbing up because the trail get narrow and steep. By 3 o'clock in the afternoon Mheann, Jasmine and I reaches the ridge campsite. The winds blow hard and it's very cold. Luckily we are the first one to get to the hidden campsite. Camping on the ridge is difficult because of the wind blows that it may damage your tent as well as the difficulty of cooking with your camping stove. And by 4 o'clock in the afternoon, everybody are in the campsite. We begun to pitch our tents and prepare our dinner. We haven't tried to explore the ridge because some are tired and exhausted. And by 6:30 pm we ate our dinner and have our socials for the night. As we all know that day is the closest distance of the moon to the earth and without any luck the sky is covered by the clouds and we weren't able to see the phenomenon.
Me and Mhean
Joseph and Narriel
Bam, Jasmine, Grace, Klib and Jasper
Klib and Jasper
Mhean, Klib, Bam, Jasmine and Grace
We had a glimpse of he supermoon late a night
Joseph, Narriel and Joshua
Socials @ the campsite
Joseph and Bam's arrival at the campsite surprising us all
Day 2
It was 6:30 am when i woke up and everybody is awake and preparing for the heavy breakfast. Narriel was cooking the noodles while Klib and Jasper are preparing to cook the foods.
The rest were chatting while Jasper and Klib are cooking our breakfast
Our stove and cookset
Grace, Narriel and Jasmine
Me and Joseph
Waiting for the breakfast
Cooking Set
Narriel and Mheann looking on the cooked noodles
Mheann with my malong
One of our Breakfast
Eating time
Our companion during our socials
Narriel cooking noodles
Everybody eating their breakfast
 After we ate our breakfast, we then proceed to breaking the camp. Everybody gets busy packing up their things.

After break camp, we proceeded to the ridge for picture taking.
Kawangis @ Tarak Ridge
Jasper and Klib on the edge
James and Narriel how sweet hehe
James and Barbara
Me and Mhean
Me at the edge
Mhean - I'm on top of the world
Grace, Klib, Bha and Bam
James and Bha
Grace and Bam
Grace and Bam
James - Raaaawwwrrrr!
Joshua, Jasper and James
Jasmine's babies
Me and Mhean
Rollercoaster ride

Joseph and Bam
Kawangis Group Picture

I say raaaaaaawwwwrrrr!
Jasmine and Grace
By 10 o'clock in the morning we started descending Tarak Ridge. 

We reached papaya river at 11:30 am, Barbara and Klib got injured and they weren't able to stay for long at the papaya river. Together with Jasper and James, they started to trek back to Nanay Cording's hut. Meanwhile the rest of us stayed on the papaya river until 12:30 pm.
Cold water of papaya river
The rest taking a bath at the papaya river

By 2:30 on the afternoon we reached Nanay Cording's Hut. They provided us Buko Juice for refreshment. Meanwhile Nanay Cording massages the injury of Barbara and James. We stayed there for a couple of minutes.

By 3 o'clock in the afternoon we reached the barangay hall. Me, Mhean, Jasmine and Narriel take a shower while the others proceeded to the carenderia for the late lunch. And by 5:30 pm we boarded to genesis bus bounded to Pasay. The climb was successful although we have some injured but all in all it was a great experience. Everybody was happy by accomplishing Tarak Ridge. Everybody was looking forward to another happy adventure with KAWANGIS.

Next episode: Mt. Gulugod Baboy - Hopefully Me and Mhean can join, if budget permits hehehe.


  1. Nice Blog pre... Rawrrrrrrrrrrrr....

  2. @thots: di makatiis eh hahaha!

  3. apir! apir! galing mo pla mgenglish pre! hehehehehehe! raaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwrrrrr! - cherry

  4. kayu ulit kayu ulit!!!! kami na kami na nde nakasama hahhahahahah!!!!!! over worked under paid na kami dito sa patag ahhahahhahaha -bong tarak tarak and clawdz...

  5. kayu ulit kayu ulit..... kami na kami na ndi nksama...hahaha! over worked under paid na kami dito sa patag... hahahahaha!
    -bong tarak tarak and pogs...

  6. ayos ang climb sir! galing!...akyat kame dito sa sabado!..okay pa ba ang surroundings ng tarak? la po bang mga basura?

  7. Mejo makalat sir, napagod kami kakapulot ng basura, tas ung sa campsite at sa papaya river may mga kalat din. ung iba tinatapon lang dun sa parteng mabangin. madami din pinagsigaan ng kahoy. Need na iclean-up ang tarak.

  8. ayun pala yun te! nice blog. magiging follower na nga ako nito. -ohnie

  9. hahah salamat ohnie. mejo di ko pa nga tapos ung blog ko about sa climb natin sa banoi. ang haba ng kwento eh.

  10. nainggit ako. ahaha. - lhei

  11. Hi Everyone,
    I've been planning to climb Tarak Ridge as well since I saw it at one of my friends' facebook's pictures. It looks awesome and I would like keeping in touch with nature in our own land. I did some hikes here in Canada and it was really amazing so how much more if I am in my home land.

  12. Hi Len, If you want to climb Tarak Ridge, you can come with my group or I can recommend you to a reliable group that has a scheduled trip to Tarak Ridge. Add me up on my facebook account: dhetroz@yahoo.com. Thanks and have a great day ahead.


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