Surviving with minimal provisions

Once again, yours truly sets another journey last weekend. This time we head to Central Luzon to conquer my 1st Major trail run/climb in Tarak Ridge, Mariveles, Bataan. This mountain is known for its craggy landscape, steep location and sharp rocks that may have given its name, Tarak. The combination for “Tabak” (hunting knife) and “Tarik” (steep) [source].

Now, trivia time is over why don’t we jump to my adventure? Hehe

0000 – We started to gather in Ministop, Kalayaan Ave. Here we talk about things that might happen to us during the trail run, what to expect and our game plan during the run.

0115 – 0131 – We head to Cubao station where we board Bataan Express bus lines to Balanga, Bataan

0157 – The bus starts its way to our destination, Brgy. Alas-asin via NLEX (267php/each). After few minutes everyone grab their chance to gather strength while we travel.

0314 – 0326 – The time we spend in stopover.

0430 – After 2hrs. and half travel time we finally arrived in Brgy. Alas-asin where we register (40php/each) and made our preparation.

0454 – THE JOURNEY BEGIN!

0654 – Almost 2hrs, 6.82K with 530 MASL we arrived in Papaya River. Here, we took a quick rest and plan for our next assault.

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0728 – From Papaya River we battle lots of uphills before we took a rest at 7.67K mark and getting ready as we head to the ridge (2:32hrs. from the brgy. hall).

0818 – At last, the famous Ridge. Strong wind welcome us here. I don’t know how strong the wind is but it can surely throw you off guard if you don’t manage to balance yourself out. We rest for a few minutes here and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountain. You can also spot Island of Corregidor from the ridge as well as Manila Bay all the way to Cavite.

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Of course, the journey is not complete if we didn’t reach the peak. We didn’t come just to settle for the ridge alone. The group agreed to push until we reach the top so we moved on.

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At 0924 (4:28hrs. from brgy. hall) we’re finally at the top! This is the most challenging mountain that I’ve conquered to date. With 1201 MASL and the distance of 9.52K everyone deserved a hand of applause. *clap! *clap! *clap!

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0944 – Photo-ops? Check! Relax? Check! Enjoyed the creation of God? SUPER CHECK! – Let’s go home (start of descend).

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1123 –arrived in Papaya River again. After 12.07K and lots of downhills we took a rest before we head to jump-off. Oh by the way I almost get lost on my way to Papaya River.

1249 – We reached the Jump-Off covering the distance of 16.59K in 7:46. While we stay here we manage to replenish our strength by eating Turon (12php) and Buko (15php). Also during our stay here we heard from the other group that they lost one of their member on their way back. They said he’s a 1st time climber and lost since 0900 that morning. Other members of their group search for that person and luckily they found him yesterday (Monday).

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1353 – Our journey of Tarak Ridge is over. It took us almost 9hrs. to cover the 19.35K (Brgy. Alis-asin to Summit V.V.)

We left Bataan at around 1452 and arrived in Manila at 1749.

Tarak Ridge is highly recommended especially if you’re building your endurance for your upcoming trail run. For us this is a great training ground and preparation for our upcoming Salomon trail run 2014 and TNF 2014 race event. With minimal provision of 1L of water and few trail foods. We’re lucky to finish this tough terrain. This is a Major climb so if you’re planning to have your practice trail runs here make sure you must have iron knee and did a lot of squats because your lower body will be tested and will put to the limit.

One more advice. Make sure you bring enough water, trail food and make sure you eat your breakfast before climbing this mountain. Unlike us we haven’t eaten anything. Luckily we brought enough trail foods to support our hungry tummy but short in water supply.

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tarak map

Budget for each:

543 – Bus fare V.V.

40 – Reg. to brgy. hall

12 – Turon

15 – Buko

55 – Lunch with Soda

———–

665 – Total

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Summary:

Distance: 19.35 km

Time: 8:56:17

Avg Pace: 27:16 min/km

Elevation Gain: 1,260 m

Heart Rate

Avg HR: 72 % of Max

Max HR: 98 % of Max

Elevation

Elevation Gain:  1,260 m

Elevation Loss:  1,259 m

Min Elevation:   243 m

Max Elevation:  1,111 m

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/467410827

Photo credit: Eric & JJ

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Surviving with minimal provisions

Once again, yours truly sets another journey last weekend. This time we head to Central Luzon to conquer my 1st Major trail run/climb in Tarak Ridge, Mariveles, Bataan. This mountain is known for its craggy landscape, steep location and sharp rocks that may have given its name, Tarak. The combination for “Tabak” (hunting knife) and “Tarik” (steep) [source].

Now, trivia time is over why don’t we jump to my adventure? Hehe

0000 – We started to gather in Ministop, Kalayaan Ave. Here we talk about things that might happen to us during the trail run, what to expect and our game plan during the run.

0115 – 0131 – We head to Cubao station where we board Bataan Express bus lines to Balanga, Bataan

0157 – The bus starts its way to our destination, Brgy. Alas-asin via NLEX (267php/each). After few minutes everyone grab their chance to gather strength while we travel.

0314 – 0326 – The time we spend in stopover.

0430 – After 2hrs. and half travel time we finally arrived in Brgy. Alas-asin where we register (40php/each) and made our preparation.

0454 – THE JOURNEY BEGIN!

0654 – Almost 2hrs, 6.82K with 530 MASL we arrived in Papaya River. Here, we took a quick rest and plan for our next assault.

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0728 – From Papaya River we battle lots of uphills before we took a rest at 7.67K mark and getting ready as we head to the ridge (2:32hrs. from the brgy. hall).

0818 – At last, the famous Ridge. Strong wind welcome us here. I don’t know how strong the wind is but it can surely throw you off guard if you don’t manage to balance yourself out. We rest for a few minutes here and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountain. You can also spot Island of Corregidor from the ridge as well as Manila Bay all the way to Cavite.

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Of course, the journey is not complete if we didn’t reach the peak. We didn’t come just to settle for the ridge alone. The group agreed to push until we reach the top so we moved on.

10151022_10152206739594792_881367001_n

At 0924 (4:28hrs. from brgy. hall) we’re finally at the top! This is the most challenging mountain that I’ve conquered to date. With 1201 MASL and the distance of 9.52K everyone deserved a hand of applause. *clap! *clap! *clap!

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0944 – Photo-ops? Check! Relax? Check! Enjoyed the creation of God? SUPER CHECK! – Let’s go home (start of descend).

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1123 –arrived in Papaya River again. After 12.07K and lots of downhills we took a rest before we head to jump-off. Oh by the way I almost get lost on my way to Papaya River.

1249 – We reached the Jump-Off covering the distance of 16.59K in 7:46. While we stay here we manage to replenish our strength by eating Turon (12php) and Buko (15php). Also during our stay here we heard from the other group that they lost one of their member on their way back. They said he’s a 1st time climber and lost since 0900 that morning. Other members of their group search for that person and luckily they found him yesterday (Monday).

10150073_10152206740054792_284627029_n

1353 – Our journey of Tarak Ridge is over. It took us almost 9hrs. to cover the 19.35K (Brgy. Alis-asin to Summit V.V.)

We left Bataan at around 1452 and arrived in Manila at 1749.

Tarak Ridge is highly recommended especially if you’re building your endurance for your upcoming trail run. For us this is a great training ground and preparation for our upcoming Salomon trail run 2014 and TNF 2014 race event. With minimal provision of 1L of water and few trail foods. We’re lucky to finish this tough terrain. This is a Major climb so if you’re planning to have your practice trail runs here make sure you must have iron knee and did a lot of squats because your lower body will be tested and will put to the limit.

One more advice. Make sure you bring enough water, trail food and make sure you eat your breakfast before climbing this mountain. Unlike us we haven’t eaten anything. Luckily we brought enough trail foods to support our hungry tummy but short in water supply.

tarak elev

tarak map

Budget for each:

543 – Bus fare V.V.

40 – Reg. to brgy. hall

12 – Turon

15 – Buko

55 – Lunch with Soda

———–

665 – Total

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Summary:

Distance: 19.35 km

Time: 8:56:17

Avg Pace: 27:16 min/km

Elevation Gain: 1,260 m

Heart Rate

Avg HR: 72 % of Max

Max HR: 98 % of Max

Elevation

Elevation Gain:  1,260 m

Elevation Loss:  1,259 m

Min Elevation:   243 m

Max Elevation:  1,111 m

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/467410827

Photo credit: Eric & JJ

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…at the Parrot’s peak

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We finally made it!

It’s been six months since I ran with my fellow Cavite teammate, Epoy and we had the chance to run again yesterday. This time in Pico de Loro/Mt. Palay-Palay in Ternate.

First off, we meet at Epoy’s place and leaves at around 6:00 A.M. and head to our drop-off at Ternate. From there we set-up our things, had a power breakfast at the local eatery and register to DENR and start our journey to the summit.

This is my first time to run in Epoy’s playground so I’m a bit anxious in the place. But after a few metres and few “chikahan” I become comfortable in the ground afterwards.

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me, being silly

Many hikers and trail runners alike are going to this place not just to train and escape from the choking pollution and toxic work of the metro but they visit this place because of the beautiful view in the summit and one of the nicest day-hikes from Metro Manila.

Epoy said we must cover 2 loops yesterday (and we did) so that I will enjoy my visit there and can focus more in training. In the first ascend we focus in time and less photo opts (even I’m seriously wanted to take a few shot there). We made to the summit after an hour and half from the starting point. There, we caught up with high blowing winds and lots of mountaineers already having their group shots and enjoying the warmth of the sun. After a few minutes we decided to make our way back were we started, have our lunch and get ready for round 2.

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Buddy run and friends

Meanwhile after lunch we quickly made our way to the top so that we can finish our training at around 3 or 4 P.M. We both agree that in the second ascend we have to level down the pace because we just came from lunch (obviously). While walking we talked lots of things like previous race experience, upcoming races and got few trick from the master. We talk about techniques, nutrition’s and how to prevent injuries. We also took some few shots while running, during downhill, in the summit and new friends along the way.

After some steep uphill, lots of rock obstacles, picture-picture, lectures and assisted few climbers up/down the summit… It took us 8+ hrs. to complete our 2 loop mission in Pico de Loro. We really had great time yesterday. The trail experience, the people we just met and the astonishment we received, it’s all worth it! Thank you Lord for injury free training and the warm welcome Mt. Palay-Palay.

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Enjoying the summit

I will definitely come back for more. This is a highly recommended training ground for trail runners out there. Also remember to be responsible with your trash while inside the park. Love our own. Love our nature. That’s all folks! See you in my next adventures!

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Kilian Jornet-like moves!

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Summary of run from my 310xt

Photo credit to: Epoy Poblete

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May 11, 2014 – Brooks Run Happy 3

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Brooks Run Happy is back this May 11, 2014 with a hint of nature. This year Brooks is bringing us to run around the scenic location of Tanay Rizal for a Cross Country Challenge! This race is surely something to watch-out for!

We heard that there will be very limited slots for the 24K Challenge, which the route will end at a waterfall 😉

Brooks Run Happy 3 – Cross Country Challenge
May 11, 2014
Tanay, Rizal
5K/10K/16K/24K

Registration Fees:
5K – P600
10K – P950
16K – P1,450
24K – P1,600

– Inclusive of Shirt, Gloves and Whistle
– 16K and 24K runners will get a Fitletic Race Bib Holder on Race Day

Registration Venues: (March 20 to May 4, 2014)

1. Brooks SM North Annex
2. Toby’s Sports – Mall of Asia / Megamall
3. RUNNR Bonifacio High Street

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July 26-27, 2014 – TransCEBU Ultramarathon

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Here’s another ultramarathon happening in Cebu Island, Philippines. A total of 105km road ultra with a total elevation gain of 3944m.

This is the first event in Cebu in which runners will run across the Cebu Island twice. On top of that, the route will lead them to Mt. Manunggal crash site of late Pres. Magsaysay. Cut-off time for this event is 24 hours.

TransCEBU Ultramarathon
July 26-27, 2014 Time: TBA
Cebu, Philippines
105K
Organizer: Blue Tradio

Registration Fees:
For early bird – Php 2,100
Reg Fee – Php 2,400

– Inclusive of a Finisher’s Tee, Finisher’s Medal & Finisher’s Trophy

Registration Venues:

1. ARC Cebu and Manila
2. The Brick Multisport Store, Manila and Cebu

Visit online for registration:
http://www.triblues.com/

Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/transcebuultra

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Contact Details:
Blue Tradio
Email: bluesquest@gmail.com
Mobile: 0915-6225124

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