Climbing Mt. Maculot: Quite an Adventure for an Acrophobiac

Climbing the top of the mountain was one great adventure for a person with acrophobia and a weak heart. For a journey towards everything must begin with one step.

Breath-taking view from Mt Maculot
Breath-taking view from Mt Maculot

Life is a journey. Somewhere along the road we will meet different people; some to help us and some to block us. Reaching for success in life is not as easy as it seems. We don’t know our path yet and maybe there will come a time that we have to reach a crossroad where we’ll have to choose a way.

We may be bruised by the things that will happen along the way or may slip and fall. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop. How can we reach the top if we’re going to let a small wound turn our backs to what we call our destination.

Reaching for success is like climbing a steep mountain – you have to hold on to your dreams and goals for reaching the top. You have to maximize the use of resources like the rocks and uprooted trees along your way. Rocks in life are hindrance but that’s what makes it all challenging. Instead of trying to move a big rock why don’t we use it for useful things like making it as our tool for a beautiful landscape? What I’m trying to say is, we cannot change the way things are but we have the power to make it go our way, learn how to use it and make the best of it.

Climbing this Mt. Maculot was not as easy as I thought it would be. We barely gotten to the foot of the mountain when I was feeling so tired already. My legs were aching. Honestly, I admit I have a weak heart, but that doesn’t stop me from climbing and reaching for the top of the mountain.

Along the way, I found some beautiful scenery and all the hidden mysteries of the forest. We passed quite a lot of crossroads and I’ve noticed marks or directions on trees as we go along. For me, the climb was very hard, I have to grab anything I could – rocks, shrubs, roots of trees, branches and anything that I could hold on to. It was very slippery and my backpack was a burden! I have some stuff like water, energy drink, towel and some clothes and it sure looks so heavy!

Halfway of climbing we rest under the shades of trees for like 3 minutes then continue our journey. I have to say I really want to stay for awhile but we have to keep moving on. It’s a day hike trek only and we were avoiding being caught in the dark later on. I must say I’m lucky because there were people who helped me climbed. They extend their hands to reach for me. My arms were like trembling and my legs were badly aching. But I have to move on no matter what. I started this, I must finish it.

Reaching the top of the mountain was so wonderful! Standing there, looking at the tiny things below was a tremendous feeling for me. It was like you’ve reached something in your life. All the pains of climbing were like suddenly vanished, it was enveloped with the happiness you’ve felt. The view was perfect; the Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano was a picturesque.

Honestly, I admit I have also acrophobia, that is, the fear of heights. Even second floor heights would make me tremble. So how come I was there, standing, looking and admiring this marvellous scenery? It was because of a dream to see the beauty of the world. I always have faith and trust in myself. The will and determination makes me strong to overcome any fear I had.

The amazing view from the top of mountain touching the Taal Lake
The amazing view from the top of mountain touching the Taal Lake

As I lay on my bed that night, I kept thinking that life was a lot like climbing the mountain. It was a difficult trek but if you have the guts and trust on yourself, you will and you will reach the peak. Along the way, we can find some marks leading us to the right path, and that is your parent’s advice.

I know I’m a stubborn girl once and some of their advices I did not take heed. Maybe I got a little lost in the woods but they always find me and keep me on the right track. That’s why I’m here, I finished an engineering course, got a job that I love, and now looking forward on our investments.

But looking back on the past, I could say, it was one of a trek just to get here. I slipped and I crawled on the ground. But I’m not ashamed to anyone who saw me. This is me and I don’t have anything to be ashamed of. At least I can prove to myself that I am determined to finish what I have started.

The terrific view of Taal Lake
The terrific view of Taal Lake

People who really loved me, my family, true friends and my vest were always there making sure I'm still moving on. They're always just right above me, extending their hands when I needed a lift. I could also say I had maximized all the resources I've got; I used to work and doing anything I could to earn extra cash.

It’s been a tough fight getting to the top but as you can see, it was all worth it. Like what I’ve felt when I reach the top of Mt. Maculot, the happiness of reaching your dreams, looking through the endless horizons and embracing all the beauty of life.

My whole body was aching after that long trek but I don’t care. I was very happy of what I’ve accomplished.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice. Great views from the mountain. Which country is this in?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks..I just wished I had a great camera to capture its colors and life. Taken from Batangas, Philippines.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

It is beautiful - The view is spectacular and worth all that effort.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is wonderful. You have amazing courage, and if you believe it power. Power over fear, power to accomplish difficult things. Those are things many people do not have. Thank you for sharing this.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

I never thought the view from up there was so beautiful you could almost touch heaven. It feels great! Thank you :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks Michele. That was also my first time to climb that high, I never knew I could make it but how would i know if i wont try right? the power inside us to believe that we can.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Have to make a second comment :) But yes you are right. There is so much we can do " the power inside us to believe that we can"


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brutallyhonest30s 4 years ago from Lancashire

What beautiful views! You are so lucky to live in such a stunning place and I liked how all that time and hard work made you think about your life and how your the support from your parents and your motivation to push through the hard times has made you successful. Well done!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much for the comment. been through a lot of hard times but i know that you can succeed in life if you want to.matter of determination and setting your goals for you to have the direction. Thanks again! :)


guest user 4 years ago

wow! nice view! where's the place?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

it's in cuenca batangas..near the Taal volcano, (philippines)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Incredible story of perseverance and personal triumph. You had me interested from the opening sentence and I enjoyed your encouraging words. This is a great hub and I found it to be an enjoyable read. I've always wanted to climb big mountains like these because I have a fear of heights. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting (:


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

This is a heart-warming comment Olde Cashmere. You should try it one day. and see the change on yourself for conquering your fears. Thank you and thank you again for these kind words.


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Gladys Familaran 4 years ago

I knew it! you're a Filipino too. Ang saya naman!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

:) Yep! Beautiful scenery right?


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Krowie 4 years ago from Phils.

Wow, the view is so beautiful. Wished I could climb one.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks! You should try one of these days. It's so much fun.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Very nice view!


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hockey8mn 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Job well done on overcoming your fear of heights. I am not a big fan of heights either. The feeling you get when you conquer a fear is second to none. Voted up, awesome, and useful.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Yep, agree..that's why i already had my third mountain climbing :) never thought i could do it!

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