Monday, February 1, 2016

Climb 2016: Mt. Tibig (Lobo, Batangas)

Our first climb this 2016. Mt. Tibig is located in Lobo, Batangas and easy enough to climb which makes it a perfect choice to start up the year of climbing...

Lobo, Batangas
Jump-off point: Hulong Banalo, Lobo
LLA: 13°40′30.9′′N 121°9′37.2′′ E, 563 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-2.5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-3

Features: Scenic views of Verde Island Passage and Southern Batangas
Itinerary created: August 15, 2014
Last updated: October 10, 2014

Lying in the slopes of Mt. Banoi rises Mt. Tibig, a small but very scenic sub-mountain of the range that is an easy and refreshing hike in the town of Lobo, Batangas. Taking just one or two hours to climb, the mountain is comparable to Gulugod Baboy or Maculot in terms of difficulty, with a terrain that is highly reminiscent of Banoi itself or nearby Mt. Daguldol: agricultural woodlands, a bit of a forest, and then a grassy, ridge-like peak that faces the Verde Island Passage, just as Tarak Ridge faces Manila Bay.

The trail is surprisingly well-established from the trailhead to the summit, starting from a rough road in the village of Hulong Banalo. From this road, the initial part of the trial may feel steep but the brevity of the trail itself compensates for this trail gradient by allowing hikers to take their time. A nipa hut in Sitio Tibig serves as a landmark, past it, there is some more woodland that quickly gives way to a talahiban in the tradition of Kalisungan and Tagapo. One can see the connection to Mt. Banoi – a sloped northwesterly face that opens up the possibility of a traverse. (Read more on PinoyMountaineer)

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