Being a part of jobless pinoy wasn't easy, specially for me who loves to travel. Yes I do have enough or a lot of time to travel,but there's always be a limitation, and of course, it's all about the travel fund. Also I can't make travel plans in advance because I might leave the country soon.
Anyway, I was invited by my fellow blogger Ivan to visit the Lioness & Rhino Rock Formation in Norzagaray, Bulacan. So I decide to join him and his group on this day hike.
The journey begins from Farmers Market in Cubao, then to SM Fairview to meet the other half of the group. We took a jeepney ride infront of Jolibee on the opposite side of SM Fairview going to Bigte, Norzagaray. Please remind your the jeepney driver to drop you off on the roundabout/rotonda in Bigte, Then a tricycle ride going to Upper Bigte, the jump off to the Lioness Rock formation, remember, "Upper Bigte" because there is Upper and Lower Bigte, and to some people, this may cause confusion.
Our guide to the was Kenneth, a local guy who lives around the base of the Lioness Rock. Unlike my other climbing experience, this is something new for me, Climbing a rock formation. I can say that it's quite different on my previous climbs. Going to the summit or the head of the Lioness can be a little bit hard to some, I suggest to bring a small day hike backpack or a belt bag because some part of the trails were very tricky and you need crawl on it.
Along the trail there are some places or safe places to take a group photo or rest while waiting for your turn to climb on the head of the lioness.
Please be patient while waiting for your groups turn while waiting, if ever there's a conflict or the group ahead of you spends a long time, then just wait, but dont stay on the dangerous part of the rock, save yourself from accident, take a rest while waiting, socialize with the other group in the area so you will not get bored. And if ever conflict comes, just let it go, dont post anything in facebook about your bad experience along the way. #maypinaghuhugutan.
Nervous? do not worry. All you need is a warm up for you to gain confidence before climbing the head of the Lioness, there was a rock formation just beside the Lioness that you can climb and take photo with.
And of course, the next goal will be so set foot on the top of the Lioness. My foot was sweating and the result was my foot was slipping from the sandals I wear that day, so to avoid accident because I might get sprained if ever I push myself to climb to the top, I ask Kenneth(our guide) if he will allow me to climb on foot, the good thing is he said yes, but he will not allow me on the Rhino Rock formation to do that because of the stones there were sharp, . This is my personal preference, I dont encourage anyone to do this if you came up on this situation, so much better if you wear climbing shoes if you plan to climb here.
There are times that the wind blows heavy so be very careful while on top, and please dont attempt your favourite jumpshot.
Descending was also challenging, so be cautious on every step going down, unlike on the mountains which has slopes, and were you can just walk all the way down here you also have to use your hands to support yourself on your every step.
A few meters away from the Lioness Rock Formation is the Rhino Rock Formation, Kenneth said that this will be much easier climb than the Lioness.
Maybe this one is a little bit difficult on the first rock formation that we climb, because the edges of the stones were sharp so it wasn't comfortable to sit on it, specially on the top. So it is really a must to wear climbing shoes here. One of the guides were setting up some facilities for rappelling on the other side of the Rock, but I Guess that for experienced climbers only.
5:00 AM: Meet Up at Farmers Market in Cubao (or wherever convenient on your group to meet)
Ride a bus Going to SM Fairview. Regular Fare 38 Pesos as of the moment.
6:30 AM: From SM Fairview Ride a Jeepney Going to Bigte, Norzagaray. 40 Pesos.And remind your driver to drop you off on roundabout/rotonda near the market.
Ride a tricycle going to jump off point, of Lioness Rock formation in Upper Bigte. The landmark was the Church of Iglesia ni Kristo. Pesos per person for the tricycle ride.
Meet your guide, there are kids around the jump off point which offers their services to your group. For me I'll recommend our guide Kenneth. You can
contact him at +639261241697, he can also arrange a tricycle ride from rotonda to jump off place.
After you finish climbing this 2 rock formation your group can go to the Pinagrealan cave which is a few kilometers away from here and that's next on my blog. So see you again in a bit. :)