9 hours of sleep was good enough after a very tiring Lumot assault. A supposed-to-be 6:00am resume trek started around 7:06am due to cold temperature, everyone was too lazy to move.
What lies on the traverse side was a suprise, since no one was ever to sucessfully traversed the said mountains within the year, the connecting ridge was in complete chaos.
Lumot means Moss and this mountain is named for one very obvious reason. There were climb attempts in 2013 traversing Mt. Lumot to Mt. Sumagaya however due to bad weather, injuries, hypothermia and even got lost those climbs were aborted.
Luckily we were blessed with such a wonderful weather and able to had a great view of Mt. Lumot and Mt. Sumagaya's summit including its nearby mountains
(Mt. Balatukan, Mt. Mangabon and Kitanglad range).
After the massive eruption last 1991, Mt. Pinatubo today is one of the most visited active volcano. The crater can be reached via known different trails and Sapang Uwak is one.
This was an invite climb therefore I have no accounts on the logistics for our climb. We rented an L300 van to and from, Manila-Sapang Uwak-Manila thus the commute was a hassle-free for us.
Our Team Lead, Jay Masauring, coordinated with the Tourism Associate at Sapang Uwak to ensure that the hike is Legal.
Many times I heard of this mountain yet never had a chance to research or at least have an idea what this mountain in store however It was then became an alternate destination after Mt. Palali climb was canceled due to Typhoon Santi.
As per our guide, Jeffrey Sifuego of Isarog Guardians, there are 4 known trails from different municipalities; Panicuason Trail (Naga), Patag-patag Trail (Tigaon), Calabanga and Goa.
O-Peak or Osmeña peak is the highest peak within Mantolongon mountain range. It is also the highest peak in the Province of Cebu, located at the "Summer Capital of Cebu" or "Little Baguio of The South" Brgy. Mantalongon.
O-Peak can be reached by any hiking enthusiasts or for people who just wanted to witness the beauty. From Mantalongon-Dalaguete Junction, one can take habal-habal ride. Some hikers stops at the Mantalongon Public Market to buy supplies then hike for about 2-3 hours to summit however the habal habal can take you all the way to a junction then for about 20-30 minutes hike, you'll be at the summit. Yes! that's how easy the trek is.
It was PACKERS Mountaineering's 5th year anniversary, 2 groups, 2 mountains (Balingkilat and Bira bira)... 1 Cove.
I chose to join the group heading to Balingkilat since I was very curious about the said mountain.
This was the first climb I organized for P.A.C.K.E.R.S. right after our Manta Traverse. I've been to Pantingan via traditional trail and Tarak via Paniquian Traverse. So basically this blog is focused more on the traverse trail.
The traverse trail will start from Pantingan Summit going to Bakwat River (Camp site for the day). The summit has a small open space just enough for resting, while battling to a weedy and few full descents with rope segments were needed just to reach the River.
I turned down 3 climb invites (Mt. Kinabalu, G2 and Mt. Mayon via Ligaw Trail) just to save my Vacation Leave Credits for this mountain.
For hiking enthusiasts, reaching the summit of Mt. Mantalingajan (Mt. Mallnuu) is a dream and traversing it is beyond achievement. To give you an overview, this mountain is rated 9/9 as its difficulty level and categorized as Major climb with a possible 6 days to traverse it by pinoymountaineer.com
This peak is one to the most prominent peaks within Mariveles and became the venue for my last training climb before Mt. Matalingajan.
Reaching the jump off can be a hassle if you do not have a private vehicle. From Manila, ride a bus going to Balanga, Bataan then ride another bus going to Bagac.
As far as I can remember, scheduled first trip for buses going to Bagac is around 5:00am and reaching Bagac Frienship Tower will consume for about 2hours travel.
Then a hired tricycle is needed to reach the Jumpoff, “Gabon” Sitio Duhatan, Brgy. Saysain.
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