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Rizal - Daraitan Exploration, Sosyal Klaymers' "Kalayaan Climb"




The "Kalayaan Klaymb" that turned out to be an exciting adventure... The Sosyal Klaymers and the Bomba Boys enjoyed 2-days of Camping, River Trekking, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Cam Whore-ing and Spelunking.

THE PLACE:
Daraitan is a trekking destination nestled within the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay Rizal. Getting there will take you a 2-hour trip from Shaw Boulevard to Tanay Rizal and another 1 hour going to Barangay Daraitan. Upon reaching the Barangay Hall, have yourselves registered in the barangay logbook by paying Php 10.00 each. Dito na rin namin kinuha ang aming guide na si Christopher, which costs Php 250.00.

We started to hike, and after about an hour, our guide told us na nasa campsite na kami. Huwaaatttt??? Sa kasamaang palad, hindi pala naunawaan ng aming guide ang pakay namin, dinala nya kami sa River at hindi sa summit. Hahaha!!! Sabi nga ni Ayie, "Mag-eefort ba kami mag outfit ng ganito kung magpapa-tweetums lang kami sa ilog?" Bwahahaha!!!

Anyway, we have to make the most of what we have na lang. Sa kabutihang loob ni kagawad, nag set-up kami ng tent malapit sa bahay nya. The site is situated along the riverbank, it is sandy - komportable para mag-set kami ng tents namin. Parang nasa beach lang kami, with the river replacing the sea. Hehehe!!!

THE CHARACTERS:
-Sosyal Klaymers-
Alex, Ayie, Bheng, Julius, Mervs, and Mitch.

-Bomba Boys Monkeyneers-
RV (with wife Sheng), Lucky, Nap, Harold, Roger, Jinnor, Bal, and Edmund
Guest - Aileen



-Extras-
Mr. Suave - ang driver ng Jeep from Shaw Blvd. going to Tanay, Rizal. Hay naku! Buwis buhay kung mag drive ang mamang ito!
Christopher Pineda - ang aming guide na dinala kami sa may ilog at hindi sa summit. Hahaha!!!
Kagawad - ang nagpatuloy sa amin upang kami ay makapag-camp malapit sa bahay nya. Salamat din po sa unlimited rice na binigay nyo sa amin.

TRANSPORTATION:

From shaw boulevard, take the Tanay bound jeepneys which costs Php 53.00 pesos each. Travel time from Shaw to Tanay town proper is 2 hours.



From there, take the jeepney bound for Brgy. Daraitan which costs Php 60.00 pesos each, but we opted to rent the whole jeepney for Php 1,500.00 so as not to wait for the jeepney to be completely full (including the roof) for it to go. Grabe!!! ganito pala dito, pinupuno talaga ang jeep hanggang bubong... Kamusta naman? Sa dami ng dala naming gamit at nagbabadya pa ang ulan, dehins kami sasakay sa bubong noh! Hahaha!!! Travel time is about an hour or so, on muddy rough roads.

ACTIVITIES:

-Camping-
Socials is one important ingredient of a great climb or a camping trip like this. We started the socials with one round of "The Bar" while waiting for our dinner to be cooked. Thanks to Ayie and Roger for doing the cooking.

After dinner, the "inuman" resumed and the customary Q&A portion started. Questions such as "kung ikaw ay isang bagay na mabibili sa hardware, anu ka at bakit?" and "kung ikaw ay isang mabibili sa sari-sari store, anu ka at bakit?". It was again a hell lot of fun! Hahaha!!!

-River Trekking-
We did the river trekking going to the cave on our second day. It was kinda scary because of the heavy current of the water, however we demonstrated "our bayanihan spirit" in helping each other to cross the river.

We also witnessed spectacular rock formations during our river trekking. I've also seen these rock formations before in my Mt. Pinatubo climb, the difference is the rocks here in Daraitan are mostly white in color.

-Rock Climbing-
Akyat sa mga bato para makarating sa cave. Matarik, madulas, matalas... Kailangan mag-ingat.


-Swimming-
Who can resist the cool water of the river and the water falls here? We can't!



-Cam Whore-ing-
It wouldn't be an adventure if no picture is taken. I won't be the "Mervin" that everyone knows if I don't pose for the camera. I am a certified photo addict / Cam-whore! Hahaha!!!

-Spelunking-
This is my first time to be inside a cave, however it was just in the first 3 meters from the mouth of the cave. I did not try to go inside because it's kinda scary; it's dark and there's a very small opening for us to get it. For a first timer like me to see a cave, ok na 'to... Hehehe!!!


Truly, Daraitan is a fascinating place that offers many things: river, mountains, caves, rock formations, etc. You should experience this as well.


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15 comments :

NoBenta said...

wow, i never knew that there's a spectacular place like that in tanay! the only place where i was able to go to was tanay falls and if i'm going to compare my experience with yours, mine would look very elementary!

ang galing ng group niyo. \m/

SOLTERO said...

wow..ang ganda dyan, to think sa Tanay lang pala yan! :)

pusang kalye said...

ay--taga Binangonan ako diba? bat di mo ko sinama? after dito samin---Cardona na--then Morong, then Baras then Tanay na. daya. hehe. mukha nga lang mahirap marating yan. pero grabe linaw ng tubig sa ilog. at dahil mainit dito sa room ko ngyn at at uhaw na uhaw na ko pero di ako makababa kasi 1 hour pa tong kausap ko, parang gusto ko na inumin tong tubig sa pics nyo. hehe

Mervin said...

@NoBenta - enjoy mag trek sa Daraitan... try mo din pagbalik u dito sa Pinas...

@Soltero - yeah, tanay lang cya... pero mahaba din ang byahe... mga 3 hours din from shaw...

@Pusang Kalye - wahahaha!!! i didn't know trip mo din ang mga ganitong adventures... hehehe... sayang, malapit ka nga lang... hehehe... sa July 3-4 may climb kami sa Laguna, check my events sa FB and let me know if u want to join... thanks po sa comment...

glentot said...

Huhu nainggit ako nag saya saya gusto ko rin nyan/

devil_under_light said...

sunod sunod ang gala. nakaka aliw naman. sana ako rin.. (inggit mode)

Mervin said...

@glentot - sama ka pag may climbs kami...

@devil_under_light - hahaha!!! yan ang pahinga ko from my busy schedule... hehehe... thanks po... go with us...

jack sparrow said...

dude, been there the place is awesome, u should try the malibay, manggahan, daraitan trail, endless river crossing..we camp at malibay, there's a military detachment and it's safe.

mia said...

question lang po, mahirap po ba siya maraing for 1st time like me? naghahanap kasi kami ng easiesttrail na mapupuntahan sympre na maganda din para ma experience naman ang trekking salamat

Anonymous said...

Thnx for posting and your insights

Riki said...

hanggang ngayon wala ka pa ding love life? sorry ah, sa sasabihin ko, alam ko naman u'll review my comment first diba.. kasi Mervs ang payat mo pa dito.. tumaba ka na ngayon kasi, hahaha.. magpapayat ka, mas bagay sayo.. :p

like ko ang photo number 6 :)

Papa Jet said...

We used to camp @ Daraitan often back in the 70s... I just love this place... it's my all time fav hiking/camping place... thanks for sharing -- it brings back great memories...

By the way, the cave there is where they get guano (bat droppings)for fertilizer and so called 'Spiritistas' go there every Good Friday to do their rituals (don't know if the still go there)..

Dee Quixotic said...

walang summit, :(

Dee Quixotic said...

nabasa ko somewhere na mataas din itong daraitan, at ang maganda meron na kaagad na river side trip at spelunking.

Anonymous said...

wow..sobrang ganda kaingit.. paano sumama sa inyo

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