I called this climb ” Victory Climb” climb to celebrate the previously tough climb of Mt. Marami. Did it turn out to be a Victory climb? Definitely!
Same with my usual way of inviting friends – I created event page in Facebook and anyone can invite or join. I was excited because this is also the time to reunite with good friends Sheila and Daryl and of course to meet their friends who are passionate also of hiking. It’s good to always meet new people in every single summit you conquered. As you expand your network it creates more opportunities for you to explore Philippines.
My day started by cooking Chicken adobo for the team ( I learned from my Mt. Marami experience). The popular place for meet up Jollibee Framers was jam packed with hikers. We were 9 in a group and all have been into hiking so I have no problem with them and as usual I can always go with my pace. I was able to find a driver that would bring us to the jump off directly and also arrange to pick us up at 6pm but the driver did not show up L.
Registration is required in DENR office – you will be asked to pay P2.00 as registration fee and you will be assigned with a guide ( no fix fee). From DENR another registration is needful in Brgy Hall – and no payment is required – just a donation in any amount. It took us 35 minutes for this process due to volume of hikers and I think the process is duplicate – DENR can just provide a copy to Brgy if needed to avoid queuing and save time.
We 1st hike Mt. Binacayan since according to our Guide it’s the hardest between the two. Good thing that our guide was good enough offering his house as our base camp. We left our bags and just carry our water and cameras. The trek to summit was about 3 hours with the normal speed. The trail is around 30% muddy trail and the rest are rocky with some high steps required and some crawl and hangs over head. It has boulder trail and some plantation of lemon grass, some parts of the trail are covered and some have bamboo that acts as your hand grip for steep trails. Most of the trail are rocky – rocky as in shard rocks that can damage your palm if you are not wearing gloves. I suggest that you need to wear gloves and use trekking shoes since rocks edges are shard and can really seriously damage you. The view is great – you have the visibility of the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges and the wawa river and residential places. You can also view the Pamitinan summit from Binacayan.
We descend after photoshoot and able to reach the base camp ( guide house) after 45 minutes of trekking. The rain poured during our descend. There is store along the trail of Binacayan that offers cold Gatorade. Juices and Soda. We had our lunch in Kuya Ariel’s house and rested for 30 minutes before Pamitinan trek. Its about 1:00 Pm when we started to ascend Mt. Pamitinan.
We left our bags to tourism office so we can move faster in ascending since the rain is about to pour. We were just about to cross the bridge when the rain poured and we have no choice but to continue our trek and just enjoy the weather. Yes – we continued the trek and I think it was even helped us to move faster bec the trail was not slippery and muddy due to rain water that flows along the trail. We reached the summit in 2 hours. The trail is about half rockies and half soil. Though the trail of rockies is shorter here its more dangerous since there are high elevation that requires extra care. The view from the summit offer visibility of Sierra Madre and Mt. Banoi.
Take FX bound to Rodriquez Rizal. ( you can arrange with the driver to take you to DENR Directly)
Alight at Eastwood ( Rodriquez Rizal) and take trike going to Jump Off, Brgy Wawa, DENR.
P280.00 for group of 9 Inclusive of all except food. ( guide fee, transpo, reg fee, tip)
Note: Please wear gloves and trekking shoes.
There are available stores and food stall in Brgy.
There are now numbers of guide in place unlike before that it was only limited to 4.
Congratulations to Prof Da, Sheila, Gia, Caloy, Bernard, Val and Rob! See you on our next summit!!
MTS. PAMITINAN AND BINACAYAN
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA (Pamitinan): 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
LLA (Binacayan): 14°43′30.5′′N 121°11′26.1′′ E 424 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours (P); 2-3 hours (B)
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 (P); 3/9 (B) / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
Article history: Created February 8, 2015, last updated June 12, 2015
Brgy. Wawa in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal has long been known to outdoor enthusiasts for its beautiful Montalban Gorge and the various activities that can be done there: caving in Binacayan Cave and Bat Cave, mountain biking, swimming by the Wawa Dam,and rock climbing in the limestone cliffs in Mt. Binacayan. In addition to this, it is now being recognised as a hiking spot, with at least two of its small, rocky mountains – Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan – offering refreshingly new trails with close proximity to Metro Manila. Both mountains can be done as half-day hikes and can be combined as a nice day of adventure.
The two mountains play a role in both history and legend. The mythical folk hero Bernardo Carpio himself is said to have separated the two mountains by his brute force in an act of self-liberation, creating the gorge, the river, and the rock formations. Another version says he remains chained in the gorge, keeping the two mountains from colliding. Andres Bonifacio sought refuge in Pamitinan Cave in 1895, and it is where he proclaimed one of the first declarations of independence, and by some accounts his words are still inscribed in the cave: “Viva la Independencia Filipinas”