Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mt. Natib Itinerary

PRE-CLIMB: March 4 (thursday)
8 Tindalo St.corner Dao St., Anonas, Quezon City
(near Mc Donalds Anonas-Aurora blvd and LRT2-Anonas Stn)
TIME: 7:00PM
BUDGET: Php700/ head (inclusive of transportation-to & from, brgy. reg fee, guide fee,dinner, drinks, games & prizes)

LOCATION: Bataan Province
ELEVATION: 1,287 meters above sea level
LEVEL: Minor Climb, Level II, Moderate
JUMP OFF POINTS: Orani, Bataan

Mt. Natib is one of the three major mountains in the Bataan area. The other two being Mt. Mariveles, which is higher than Natib but trails not yet established as of this time and the diminutive Mt. Samat, a popular historical place with a huge cross structure on the summit commemorating the "Fall of Bataan" event. Mt. Natib is actually an in-active volcano just the same as its neighbor, Mt. Mariveles.

Three fourths of the trail going to the summit of Mt. Natib is wide and is passable by 4-wheel drive vehicles. It was formerly used by miners and soldiers fighting the communist rebels that occupies the mountains before. In fact, there are still instances where you will encounter soldiers along the trail of Natib. The scenes along the trails are awesome, so as the summit which is bare giving you a 360 degrees view of the entire Bataan as well as the two other mountains.

Orani, Bataan
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Tala, Orani
LLA: 14.7119 N; 120.3997 E; 1287 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 4-5.5 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-3


Day 1
0400 Assembly time(Genesis bus terminal in CUBAO ALONG BALIWAG BUS terminal.)
0430 ETD for Orani, Bataan by bus
0830 ETA Orani. Take a jeep towards Brgy. Tala near Orani Public Market
1000 ETA jumpoff at Brgy. Tala, Orani Bataan. Register.
1030 Start Trek
1130 ETA Pinagbutasan
1230 Lunch at water source
1300 Resume Trek
1400 Arrival at foot of Mt. Natib; start asssault
1530 ETA Mt. Natib summit / set up camp
1700 Sunset viewing / dinner preparatons
1800 Dinner / socials

0600 Wake up call
0700 Break Camp
0800 Start descent
0900 Clearing at foot of Mt. Natib
1000 Trek Back to jumpoff
1200 Back to Tala (Transport Back to Orani)
1330 ETA Orani by jeep; wait for bus back to Manila
1700 Back in Manila

Tour of the Fireflies 2010

ToF 2010 Volunteer Registration

When was the last time you saw fireflies?

The fireflies have fled the city because they could not stand its dirty air. All of us — cyclists, pedestrians, commuters, even those who ride cars — who live, work and raise families in the city may suffer the same fate. We continue to dirty our city’s air with polluting vehicles and factories. As a result, we also risk disappearing like the fireflies.

Why resign ourselves to this fate? We have a choice. We can fight for clean air and bring back the fireflies.

What is the Tour of the Fireflies?

The Tour of the Fireflies is a 35-kilometer bicycle ride around Metro Manila at an easy, controlled pace that allows everyone, even the occasional bike rider, older children and senior people to participate and have fun. It is a costume parade of cyclists leisurely pedaling at an average of 15 kilometers per hour through 6 or 7 Metropolitan cities. The Tour promotes cycling as a sustainable means of transportation.

About the Ride

This year, it will happen on April 18, 2010 (Sunday), touring the cities of Quezon City, Marikina, Cainta (Rizal), Pasig, Taguig, Makati and Mandaluyong.

• Distance and Duration: The 35-kilometer ride will take about 4 to 5 hours to complete.
• Pace: The pace will be a relaxed 12-15kph. It will be controlled so that the group bikes en masse and even occasional riders, young children, and senior citizens can enjoy the ride.
• Requirements: All participants must sign the waiver and quit claim in this registration form, wear helmets, and bring water to drink. A registered adult participant must accompany children below 13 years of age.

Win Awards and Prizes

Wear nature- or clean air-inspired costumes and you may win the Best Costume award. Prizes will also be given away for the Biggest Contingent, Oldest and Youngest Rider.

Only registered participants are eligible to win. Those vying for the costume awards must check in early before the Ride to get a number. All registered participants must bring their registration forms on April 18 to claim their prizes during the short program and raffle after the Ride.

See you on April 18, 2010 (Sunday) Tour of the Fireflies: I VOTE TO BIKE!

Venue: Tiendesitas, Ortigas Ave., cor. E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave (C-5)
Check-in: 5:30a.m.
Ride Start: 7:00a.m.