Tarak Ridge is just one part of Mount Mariveles' many peaks, but it is notable for its rocky terrain, steep cliffs, and jagged rocks. Locals in turn named the ridge Tarak, an amalgam of "Tabak" (hunting knife) and "Tarik" (steep). The climb is actually moderate to hard, in terms of difficulty. The dramatic landscape of the ridge continues to attract more mountaineers every year to Tarak Ridge. Fro ...
m here, hikers can see Bataan, the nearby islands of Corregidor, as well as Manila Bay and Cavite. This is definitely one of the most outstanding treks to be made.
Only the first part of the trail is easy, after which the trek is pure and steep ascents.. The plains are usually burned during the summer months in kaingin (slash and burn). For those who haven't been to Tarak Ridge since 2006, the typhoons of that year have damaged some sections of the trail, that holding on to roots and branches are needed in some parts. One of the stops is at Papaya River, where hikers can take a breather before continuing on to Tarak Ridge. It takes 2-3 hours from the Papaya River to reach the summit.
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Tarak Ridge. The name alone (a combination of the words ?tarik? which means steep and ?tabak? or hunting knife) should have given me a clue of what to expect. Standing 1,130 meters above sea level, this mountain in Mariveles, Bataan offers a scenic view of Bataan, Corregidor and neighboring islands. On clear days, you can see Manila Bay all the way up to Cavite. But to enjoy the stunning view, you first have to go through a moderately challenging hike through dense grasslands and steep trails that involves clambering over roots and holding on to branches for support.
To freeze to death wasn't the way I imagined myself to go, but the icy air slicing through my lungs and the frost coursing in my veins made it damn sure feel like it was exactly how I was going. As we slept, the midnight downpour found its way to the tent, gathering in a pool of inch-deep mountain rain. My sleeping bag was soiled, and the bud of cold blossomed beneath me. I was too tired and too hungry to worry about our belongings, too cold to even move. My annoying mind whispered, "What idiot brings a beach tent to the mountains?"
I used to believe that breaking up with someone should be done in person, face to face. But when I asked one of my friends fresh from break-up, after 6 hours of long, arduous trek, 1,006 MASL, in the comforts of our temporary home along the ridge in Tarak, "Paano kayo nag break?" She said "sa text". Had I heard this answer a year ago I would have said that it was a disrespectful way of breaking up. Instead I said "Minsan okey na rin sa text kasi kung personal at magmakaawa sa iyo, baka di mo na matuloy." It was almost dark, and I realized just how much I missed camping, the fresh air, the mis ...
The difficulty level is an understatement of its true nature. As of this date, it is still my most difficult climb. But this time, I would say my exploration is worth the gruelling trail. It was more than my understanding of a revenge climb.
It was only a matter of time before I decide to climb again Tarak Ridge. That five and a half hours punishing ascent, and more than three hours backtrail was the hardest 4/9 I've done. And perhaps that backtrail was the cause of my post-climb muscle pain that lasted for two days. I said I had no intention of going back there unless I have a purpose. An ...
Whoever said Tarak is easy is probably a demigod, with inhuman powers that the rest of the mountaineering world still has to acquire or gradually develop for themselves in order to endure the punishing trail, go on and get back to the human world.
"I want to climb Tarak next." I told a friend.
"No. The mountain is too difficult and risky for beginners, probably especially for girls. Try to do some more minor climbs first." He replied.
This is the conversation I had with a friend seven months ago after my second climb at Mount Daraitan.
Probably the most gruelling 4/9 hike to Luzon ...
Rising to 1,130 MASL, Tarak Ridge is part of the 4-peaked Mariveles Mountain Range in Bataan.
This year, October 31 was declared a holiday resulting to 4-day rest day. And what do we do with extra long weekend? We climb.
DAY 0 | OCTOBER 29, 2016 | SATURDAY
As recommended by friends, we joined #TeamStrangerDanger's Tarak Climb. It was a DIY climb which my (mini) team and I are fond of.
Start off: We took the Genesis bus en route to Mariveles, Bataan. The ride was approximately 2 1/2 hours as we arrived in Brgy. Alas-asin at 1:30 AM the following day.
DAY 1 | OCTOBER 30, 2016 | SU ...