Originally posted by nowhereman Maculot is a good example of how being so close to Manila and being so easy to climb can endanger a mountain. The sad thing is, there are so many hiking areas in the Rizal-Laguna-Batangas-Quezon area that have suffered the same fate.
If you're a going up a mountain for the 1st time, please DON'T CLIMB MACULOT. The number of people who trek up that mountain have far surpassed its carrying capacity. By climbing up Maculot, you only contribute to the damage being done to it. Besides, if it's a wilderness experience you're after, you're not going to get it in Maculot. Sa dami ng taong umaakyat doon, para ka ring hindi umalis ng Manila. If you just want to take in a good view from a high vantage point, just drive up to Tagaytay. Menos pagod pa.
For those of you who already climb, please practice minimum impact techniques. Stick to established trails, don't deface rocks, trees and other natural surfaces, and pack out all the stuff that you brought up. If we don't take care of the places we climb in, we won't get to enjoy them in the future.
Bottom line, give Maculot a rest. And while you're at it, give these other "abused" mountains a break too:
Pico De Loro
Mataas Na Bundok (Manabu)
Originally posted by charlatan I do believe that we should give some of our nearby peaks (or any other peaks) time to heal. But i also believe that these places are for everybody. It's just a matter of discipline and respect for the place if ever you intend to visit. By all means, let's all visit Mt. Maculot and be proud of its beauty. Sana lang we do not desecrate the place. Bring your trash down. Put it in proper place. Disciplina lang talaga ang kailangan. If you don't have that, don't climb. Also, local barangay's should have a say in limiting the number of climbers para hindi maging Luneta.www.geocities.com/escapees_club