AFTER SUCCESSFULLY climbing about half a dozen mountains, with the most recent one just the previous month, it was easy and perhaps even natural for me and a few members of the Delbros AB Normal Club to think that we could handle any other mountain of approximately the same height and difficulty rating.
Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna didn’t seem too difficult a mountain to us. At 1,090 MASL, it is slightly higher than Mt. Malipunyo (1,005 MASL), the highest peak of the Malarayat Mountain Range, which we successfully conquered just a few weeks back. Its familiarity to us (since we see it a lot whenever we go to Laguna or Batangas) may have also contributed to our feeling of comfort and ease. “Been there, done that” was the prevailing sentiment.