Friday, January 3, 2014

Climb 2013: Mt. Natib

This is the first time we climbed Mt. Natib. I was too busy the weeks before the climb that I didn't have a time to check for the mountain's details. My first- timer friends went with us based on my false assurance that Natib is just a minor climb. I thought it was an easy climb because they scheduled it as a day hike. I never knew it was a major climb when we were half way through the mountain.


Orani, Bataan
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Tala, Orani
Minor jumpoff: Kanawan (Hanging Bridge), Morong
LLA: 14.7119 N; 120.3997 E; 1287 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 3.5-5 hours
Specs (Backtrail): Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-3
Specs (Traverse): Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Scenic views of Central Luzon; Woodlands; Tropical forests
Article history: Created 05/23/2008; Last updated 08/06/2013

BACKGROUND
Mt. Natib in Orani, Bataan is another favorite climb in Bataan, along with Tarak Ridge in Mariveles. It is close enough to Manila, but at the same thing offers a challenging dayhike or overnight climb. The insurgency problem which has hounded hikers long ago is now a thing of the past, and Mt. Natib is fast becoming rediscovered by mountaineers, especially with the emergence of traverse possibilities and attractions such as Pasukulan Falls and Kairukan Falls. (see more information in PinoyMountaineer.com)








At Jump Off

1st stop






Base Camp. It is advisable that you leave your bags here before you go for the steep assault going up the summit.


One of the many steep climb going up the summit

Our guide
T20 Family Picture at the Summit. We only had a small window for the clearing.

The first part of the trail is mostly flat and wide. There were some well laid stones along the path and it will end at the base camp. From the base camp, the steep assault going up the summit of Natib will begin. The trail is infested with Limatik and in some cases, snakes. It will take around 2 -3 hours to reach the summit from the base camp. It is recommended to leave bags and non-essential things (like tent, cook set, etc.) on the base camp before the assault (If you are staying there over the night, it is better to setup your camp before doing the assault). Just bring water and trail food with you.

We started our climb at around 9:00AM and got back to the jump off at past 8:00PM. It is advisable to do an overnight stay there. One of our first timer friends made it to the summit while the other one stayed at the base camp. Good for both of them :D. Major climb for their first climb!!!
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