Surviving Mount Gulugod Baboy
I don’t have the foggiest idea why they call it “Gulugod Baboy” since it is nowhere near a pig’s spine so I went ahead to touch base with some local folks. I was told that it was called Mt. Banderahan, the place where the Japanese soldiers raised their flag during the Japanese occupation of Anilao back then. You climb, eat, rest and take those non-negotiable, profile pic-worthy selfies all in muddy wetness!
Here are 4 tips when climbing Mount Gulugod Baboy in harsh rainy conditions:
What to wear:
Your first line of defense is clothing. Lightweight waterproof rain jacket, trek shoes good traction and a raincoat are the bare essentials. Anything less is suicide. A thin raincoat is just P30 at most supermarkets. You may opt for the bulkier rain suit which, ranges from P300 unbranded P800 for a Coleman brand.
Put your gadgets and wallet in a handy waterproof bag. Anything else can be in plastic bags and make sure to have spares. Also line the inside of your bag in mother plastic and utilize a rain cover.
Be it a person or an information list, they come in handy in worst case scenarios. A shout out to our guides from Trail Adventours Pao and Don who were absolutely helpful and cared for the group like VIP.
The descent from the summit puts so much strain on the knees. If you don’t have one, there’s a store near the jump-off where you can rent one. They make refreshing coconut juice and ‘palitaw’ so yes, bring some cash with you.
From the jump-off marker- Sitio Malagaclac to the summit and back, the view is still spectacular. Even with inclement weather, the climb was still a blast. I hope you try it out soon too. See you on the trails!
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