It has been my practice that when I blog about a particular mountain I conquered, what I always, if not usually, do is to just note the events or my reasons from pushing albeit the narration in my blog entry entitled, “Why Do I Love Mountain Climbing?“. In this particular post, I only had two major notes. The first is, the word maculot, which means curly or unattractive in English, is an irony. Mount Maculot is absolutely paradisiacal. Subsequent to that is this was my “reunion climb” with Sir Bart Lee, who’s from Taiwan and whom I and my hiking buddies (HBs) made social acquaintance with during pinoymountaineer’s Second Annual Charity Climb at Mount Tirad Pass in Ilocos Sur last 05-07 February 2011.
The reason why I instantly said yes when I was invited to traverse this mountain was I want to know if this mountain is, to some extent, unattractive because it’s not that popular in the mountaineering society and because of the word maculot.
Passing Through the Steepest Part of this Mountain requires roping up for the final ascent.
After the grueling climb on that vertical trail leading to the summit facing the north, the exceedingly pleasing views atop somehow put back the exact amount of energy I consumed from the bustle.
When we reached the south peaked, I asked one of my HBs to take a photograph of me on the edge of one of the jagged peaks.
According to hard-core mountaineers, MACTRAV is not complete without making it to The Rockies. So we did.
I thought the views at 706 MASL were the nicest up to a time I reached the rockies. I was totally breathless upon looking at the landscapes around me. What lies behind and on top was an extreme surprise … or make that surprises.
The globules of the rain were thrown upon by the wind’s blow a couple of minutes after I took the last photo in this series. So I prayed to the Aura that it be stopped because it will compromise our descent. And it did! This instance is another asseveration of how truly powerful a prayer is.
After a few minutes, Mr. Sunshine loomed over the horizon again giving another opportunity to take more beautiful photos.
Before I composed this blog post, I actually researched on why the mountain is named after the word maculot. I found out that curly-haired aborigines (Aetas) once lived in this mountain. It was named Maculot from “kulot“, meaning curly in honor to the inhabitants of the mountains (Aetas). I also learned that it’s not connected, in any way, to ugliness.
For more information (how to get to the place, trivia, special concerns, climbing notes, etc.), click this website: www.pinoymountaineer.com.
– Mount Maculot is my seventh conquered mountain (03 October 2010).
- Mt. Maculot – A Journey Within Me… (deepakkumardas.wordpress.com)
- An Adventurer’s Bucketlist – 2012 (freeclimbers.wordpress.com)
- My Climb Collage (freeclimbers.wordpress.com)
- Bucketlist #2: Take a bath at Mt. Makiling’s Flatrocks (freeclimbers.wordpress.com)
- Mt. Maculot- the First Summit (yenacollyn.wordpress.com)