Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
LLA : 14°43′51.7′′N 121°11′29.2′′ E 426 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-3 hours
Specs: Minor, Difficulty 3/9 / Trail class 1-4
Features: Limestone formations, scenic views of Sierra Madre and Rizal province
How to get there:
1. Ride a van – Cubao to Montalban (Eastwood), located at Jolibee Farmers. Fare: P50.00
2. Ride a jeep or trike – Montalban (Eastwood) to Wawa. Fare: P7.50 to 10.00
That is one of the few ways of getting to Mt. Pamitinan. As for me and my friend, we had a private drive.
I have been planning to climb for weeks since 2016 had started. Either my invites will join me or not, I know that I will climb that day. It was my plan after all. They back outed from the plan, night before the climb. I was determined to go for a solo hike thinking that it would be an adventure.
While I’m on my way to Cubao, I received several calls from a friend who knew where I am going. He wants to join me. Thank goodness for that! I waited for him until past ten in the morning. We drove and arrived at the Barangay Wawa around 11.30 AM (not a good time for a trek). We registered and asked for a guide. Hello Kuya Bunso or Kuya Ernesto Zata for that.
It was my friend’s (let’s call him G) first climb. And me, having quite a so-called-mountaineer myself, have had to guide him as well, with Kuya Bunso’s help. Before trekking, I ensure that we have the following:
- Gloves (I know how hard it is for rocky mountains to climb without these things)
- Bag and Things (change of clothes, face towel, etc.)
- Mobile Phones
It took us for about 3 to 4 hours to finish Mt.Pamitinan. It was G’s first climbed so I didn’t force him to walk faster. Besides, I’m more of a chill climber than a fast one, in short I walk slow as well. But I did force him to finish what we have started. I wanted him to enjoy the moment, to enjoy the mountain, to enjoy how it feels to be up there.
Here is a sample video of our unexpected joined adventure:
For Mt. Pamitinan’s photos, please visit Photo Diary: Mount Pamitinan at Rodriguez Rizal