Two mountains at Bataan for 1 day
Mt. Mariveles (Tarak Ridge) and Mt. Samat
When the time they invited me to climb Mt. Makiling Traverse I refused their invitation because that’s was the time I celebrated my birthday with my friends in college and also my former hiking buddy. To be honest I got envious with them because one of my close officemate was also joining the climb. Supposedly that would be my first major climb, but I sacrifice not to join to have time with my family and friends because that time was my birthday and I kept on my mind that the mountains will always be there. After my birthday celebration I planned to do a major day hike at Mt. Tarak and I tried to invite all my hiking buddies but no one’s interested on my invitation but still I was determined to have the climb and ask myself if I’m ready to do solo climb something bothered my mind what if i will be going to be lost or met an accident? Who will rescue me?
I’ve done some researches and read blogs about
Tarak to have at least some idea and I
saw some comment of Jhay Marquez that he was encouraging other mountaineer to .
With his number attached hesitation never came on my mind I texted him and I
asked how much will be his guide fee for his service to mountaineers and he
replied he is not asking any guide fee, because he want to help those who love
hiking and to promote the mountain as a hiking destination. Jhay
Marquez is from Mariveles Bataan climbing mountain was also his passion. He
already climbed Mt. Tarak for 17 times he
really knew something is wrong or something has been changed on the trail. Before my climb I
also watched videos on youtube to have an ideas in that mountain and I got
lurve with the strong wind and beautiful scenery. Mt.
I rode a bus from Cubao, Genesis the name of the bus going to Mariveles.1:00 AM when I left
I asked the conductor to drop me off at Brgy. Alas-asin. Sir Jay and I met at
the jump-off and then we walked from the highway jump-off to the registration
area of Aling Kurding for about 15 minutes. Aling Kurding and Mang Boy were
very nice and very hospitable to us. I read some negative feedback regarding
the collection of Aling Kurding, 10.00-20.00 but I think it is not a big
deal because it just one way of helping them because they are old now 5:00 AM
when we started our trek at the first leg of the trail there’s a fork. Sir Jay
got perplexed and he knew that the wide trail was not the right and he put a
piece of wood across the trail as a notice to other hiker that was not the
Me and Sir Jay
I also noticed on the trail the fallen trees and landslides. At 6:30 AM we reached the
we took a little rest and photo ops. We need to walk quickly because we have another destination aside from the peak; the Papaya River Scaj Falls and in one day so really have a limited time. After the Mt. Samat we begun to experience a very steep trail but there’s a root that you can hold on and you need to be alert all the time because of the rolling stones on the trail. 8:10 AM when we reached the peak. Very tiring because we don’t have enough time to rest because we don’t want our itinerary to be delayed. No views at the peak, I wasn’t able to see the spectacular view because of the fog and I also didn’t experience the strong gust of wind at the Tarak ridge. Papaya River
Ridge going to peak
Dramatic part at the peakIt wasn’t my lucky day. We took our early lunch at the peak. 9:00AM we descent to have our sidetrip at Scaj Falls, while we were walking on the trail I noticed a group resting and no doubt group of Sir Jorge, I knew already because he was also inviting me to climb at Mt. Mariveles Tarak Ridge but I already a promise to Sir Jhay.
Group of sir Jorge
Sidetrip at SCAJ Falls "Fairy Falls"
At 10:45 AM when we reached the
Scaj Falls “ ” I was so amazed
with the stream. The Falls has a clear water and also has a giant trees
surrounding the falls. I like the sounds of nature, the rushing water from the
falls and chirping birds. It’s true it was a real home of fairies. It’s my time
to unwind far away from the city even just a limited time. The place was
enigmatic but I’ve seen more beautiful but I don’t know why it attracted me. Fairy
Scaj Falls was discovered by Sky Biscocho and he was the
lead of the group when they explored in 1994. Their
group was well-known in the field in mountaineering and even offer Basic
Mountaineering Course (BMC), 1999 when they introduced the Mt.
to mountaineers as hiking destination. 11:00 AM we decided to descend and leave the falls I almost forgot
that we have other destination: Mt. Mariveles because the falls
was so alluring. It’s like an ice-cold and so refreshing when I drink directly and we refilled our empty bottles. While we were walking the middle of the trail
we encountered a snake. I didn't noticed it because of my poor eyesight when I
step my left foot it was almost in front of me and I'm screaming HAHAHA! I called Sir Jhay “uy may ahas” I was so shocked and my
heart skipped a beat it was my first time to encounter a snake on the trail. Mt.
When we were almost near the jump-off we met these two guys if they were still away from the summit and they mentioned that they were almost lost for more than an hour and we asked them if they will do an overnight there and they replied its only a day hike. We checked the time and It was already past 12. We gave them an advice that they should abort the hike rather than sacrificing their safety because they only have one flashlight. 1:15PM when we reached the Registration area from there we walked again going to highway for I think 15-20 minutes, we take a li'l rest and take a shower to a carinderia and preparing ourselves to another destination at Mt. Samat.
Trail going SCAJ Falls
Nanay Kording and Me
Mt Samat "Dambana ng Kagitingan"
At the start of World War II in 1942 after suffering heavy losses against the Imperial Japanese Army all over Luzon, the Filipino and American soldiers retreated to
to regroup for a last valiant but futile stand. After four months of fighting,
the 78,000 exhausted, sick and starving soldiers under Major General Edward P.
King surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942 known as the fall of Bataan Peninsula Bataan. It is the single largest surrender of U.S.
soldiers in history and Mariveles, a town in the Bataan province, was their
last stronghold after which, together with the Philippine soldiers, they were
led on to the 80-mile (130 km) march to Capas, Tarlac known as the Bataan Death
March. Mt. Samat Cross is situated near the edge of the crater rim. The Mount Samat National Shrine shrine was erected as a fitting
memorial to the heroic struggle and sacrific. Historic mountain in the town of Pilár,
Province of Bataan,
in the Republic of the Philippines.
Located near its summit is the Mount Samat National Shrine, a national shrine
dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American fallen during World War II. Info
Start from the arch we only walked until we reached the
but there's also trike drivers offers their services going to
but we never ask how much the fare because we are not interested. We challenge
ourselves that we will finish two mountains in 1 day, 3:00PM when start walking
going to Mt. Samat we just followed the road 1hr and 30mins the time we
consumed when we reached the Mt Samat very tiring but it's all worth it. Mt. Samat
5:00AM - START TREK
7:40AM - TARAK RIDGE
7:50AM - START PEAK ASSAULT
8:10AM - PEAK, EARLY LUNCH, PHOTO OPS
9:00AM - DESCENT
10:45AM - ETA TO SCAJ FALLS
11:00AM - START DESCENT (DOWNSTREAM)
1:15PM - REGISTRATION AREA (ALING KURDING HOUSE)
2:15PM - RIDE A MINI BUS TO ALAULI
2:45PM - ETA TO BARANGAY DIWA PILAR
3:00PM - START ASSAULT MT. SAMAT
4:30PM - MT. SAMAT
5:30PM - DESCENT
267.00 CUBAO TO BARANGAY ALAS-ASIN MARIVELES (GENESIS)
30.00 BARANGAY ALAS-ASIN TO ALAULI
20.00 ALAULI TO MT. SAMAT JUMP OFF BARANGAY DIWA PILAR
20.00 REGISTRATION FEE MT. SAMAT
30.00 BARANGAY DIWA PILAR TO BALANGA
200.00 BALANGA TO CUBAO (BATAAN TRANSIT)