Beachineering | Anawangin Cove via Mount Pundaquit

Ivan is back from U.S. and Jeka just celebrated her birthday – two good reasons to do a Hardcore climb! We plan to go to the beautiful Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales by traversing Mount Pundaquit.

To the Jump-off

Middle: Mount Balingkilat, right: Mount Pundaquit – You can also reach Anawangin Cove via Balingkilat

By just looking at the mountain from afar, you may say it’s almost impossible to get lost there because of the few patches of trees… and that is why we didn’t hire a guide. The jump-off is a long walk on a sandy grassland slowly turning to  a rocky terrain -and then a river. We got lost after trekking the river, so we pioneered a hardcore trail that stretched the supposed to be 3 to 4 hour climb to a long 8-hour exploratory trek.

Conformity

The trail we took before finding a spot for an emergency camp is 70% streaming water and 30% bamboo. One of our friends got so tired, he had to leave some of his belongings behind (including a PlayBoy Magazine lol) just to make his backpack a lil’ lighter.

It’s already dark (I think around 8PM) and we’re still lost on an almost vertical trail, so we decided to set our E-Camp once we get into a horizontal surface. A few more climbing and there we have it, a horizontal spot! Pointed rocks are scattered along the area where pitching tents is literally impossible. Everybody were too exhausted to whine. We’re like find-your-own-comfortable-spot on that rocky site using our bags as pillows and layered jackets to get rid of the breeze. We’re just thankful it didn’t rain that night since internet weather forecast predicted a thunderstorm in Zambales. We reached Pundaquit’s summit and Anawangin Cove the next day. The views are breathtaking!

At Pundaquit’s summit, sandwiched by two islands -Capones & CamaraHardcore Mountaineers x Paspas Mountaineers

The sands in Anawangin Cove are said to be volcanic white sands from Mount Pinatubo’s eruption. According to locals they call that little island “Susong Dalaga” which means maiden’s breast.

We took a boat ride from the cove to Barangay Pundaquit (jump-off point). I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get to visit Capones Island which is included on our side trip since our itinerary got fucked up because of getting lost in the mountain.

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