A Quick Guide to Pico De Loro12:46:00 PM
Hi, everyone. I hope you're all doing great. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am an occasional hiker. Now, I am in no way an expert, there are lots of sites that cover more information like Pinoy Mountaineer, and this is ultimately a fashion blog with bits like this on the side, so this is a personalized guide for a chill hiker like yours truly.
1. Start the hike early. Pico De Loro is a favorite among hikers (because of its distance to Metro Manila and difficulty level) so it can get really jam packed. We started at 4:30 am. We were the first ones there. Props for witnessing the sunrise at the summit and seeing the monolith without the throngs of people!
2. Bring a headlamp. A flashlight will do, but find something you can attach it with. I didn't bring anything, so I made do with my phone torch. It turned out fine, but it will help you balance better when you don't have anything in your hands.
3. Gloves are not really needed, but upper body and core strength is. but only for 10 mins for the hike to the summit and 5 mins of the hike to the monolith.
4. I know it's scary to fall, but it's scarier to hold onto a crocodile fern. The cut can get real nasty. Don't touch those bamboos, too. The rattan can stick to your skin, but it will pass after a while.
5. Wear proper footwear. I used my Teva Goretex because there were also rocks and rivers for the first part of the trail, and it can get your feet wet.
6. Wear proper clothes. I can't stress this enough. this is my first time to hike with a dry fit shirt and I am forever thankful for that choice!
|Not fresh but very happy!|
|Buwis buhay pose!|
|They have food stalls for the hungry, thirsty hiker.|
|Beloi and Wella: my dispensable friends!|
|Blurred but this is my nicest shot|