Standing at 2,058+ MASL, this Mountain located at Sibuyan Island, Romblon holds a reputation and one of the most respected mountains here in the Philippines not because of it’s elevation akin to that of Apo, Dulang-Dulang and other highest recorded peaks, but because of it’s technicality and perilous trails which this famed mountain gained the respect of Filipino Mountaineers. Mount Guiting-Guiting is considered to be the toughest hikes in the Philippines with a 9/9 difficulty trail as being scaled by majority of the mountaineers. It was also dubbed as the “Galapagos of Asia” because of it’s virginal biodiversity.
Mount Guiting-guiting is preeminent among all the mountains here in the Philippines due to it’s dramatic jagged ridges which is the major highlight of the mountain. Famous landmarks that most of the mountaineers look forward upon venturing this mountain were the following: Knife Edge, Kiss The Wall, Mayo’s Peak, and Peak Of Deception. As they say, only hikers with enough stamina, well prepared in terms of physical state and planned itinerary are advised to contest the mighty of Guiting-guiting.
Join me on this breath-taking and major bucket list of mine despite of all the intimidating and scary introductory remarks this mountain implanted to us hikers who experienced it’s mighty among all the mountains we hiked. 🙂
When I was in my childhood years, I’ve always seen this Majestic mountain towering above in a far distance. I also known his reputation as the highest summit in the Philippines through lectures in history, textbooks and journals. Every afternoon, me and my little brother had this moment of going on the roof of our house just to witness sunset on Mount Apo. I always wondered what it feels like stepping on its apex and experience it’s mighty among all the mountains here in the Philippines. Back then, never in my wildest dreams would I conquered not only Mount Apo but also completed the tough/top five highest mountains here in the Philippines. During my review days (board exam preparation), I always imagining myself being at the top of the world and promised myself that, If I topped and passed the board examination, I will go to this mountain and shout to the world how thankful I am to the Lord that I passed and topped the board exam. But those were wishfully thinking coz I didn’t make it on the top, but still thankful to Him for allowing me to pass one of my crucial point in my life: BOARD EXAMINATION. Anyway, Join me and be thrilled as I venture this another milestone in my life as a mountaineer.
This entry was supposed to be posted last year, but another katangahan moments hits me. It was unintentionally deleted as well as the photos due to technical problems on my laptop (virus sucks!). Anyway, let’s continue and join me on my adventure on this exhilarating mountain.
A lot of people are having interest on doing hiking/mountaineering/climbing (whatever you may called it). They opted to have their travel and leave credits (for those having their work) on this kind of outdoor activity rather than on the beach, city tours, among others. Trending ika nga! I considered this climb as a “tick-off’-the-bucketlist” and out of plan adventure (will tell you later the reason on why is it an “out of plan” adventure).
This traverse made me realized that there are people who are way better than us. I used to climb famous multi-day hikes here in Mindanao, but Mount Kitanglad and Dulang-Dulang teaches me to humble myself and erased the notion of being a
hardcore wannabe. HAHA! Some of my companions here on this adventure are first timer and I am stunned by how they managed to have a faster pacing than me. Indeed, this mountain helped me inculcate that mountaineering is not just about the bravado of posting on social media to say “Look… I’m doing this. Amazing isn’t it?” OR having the idea of doing things that you think you’re better than others just because you have done things that other’s don’t have. It is more on being aware and sensitive of one’s environment. It also reminded me of our role as stewards in the entirety of His creation. Mountaineering gave me an eye-opening realization that we are just a speck of this universe, and that makes this world full of mysteries and puts a lot of queries in my mind. We have tons of things to learn and explore on our perspective journeys. This entry is a continuation of my adventure in Kitanglad Ranges, but this time it’s more on our experiences and struggles in Mount Dulang-Dulang. 🙂
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It’s been a long time (almost a year, I think?) since I last posted on this page. Well, to summarize the reason why I haven’t written an entry for almost a year, it is because I forgot my account’s password on WordPress (funny and foolish isn’t it?). 2017 was truly a blessed year for me because finally after a year of having an unstable job, I got hired at a government hospital. *Congrats self* HAHA! It’s really hard for me to spend time on this hobby especially when you have shifting schedule. It takes time for me to adjust on having a shifting schedule plus the workload on a government hospital is different from my previous hospital that I have been affiliated which is a private setting. Anyway, the important thing is, here I am and ready to relive and reinvigorate this page. Wohooo!
Let me start this blog by continuing my supposed to be last year’s entry. I purposely cut this entry into two parts for me to have a not-so-lengthy post. This entry entails my adventure on Mount Kitanglad traverse to Mount Dulang-dulang.
Conquering mountains is not just a hobby, past time or sports. It is an opportunity to witnessed how magnificent God is – views that few people can behold and blissfully cherish on it. Also, it teaches us on how to be positive despite of having hard time conquering the summit. In mountaineering, you will learn to appreciate and enjoy the small luxuries in life like the water we normally drink in the city or at home, when you have it at the summit, it is like you’re having the most potable water you had in your life. These are few reasons on why climbing a mountain is an
addiction. This traverse provides us with an unforgettable moments in life. In this climb, I met new friends, new learning opportunities and another lessons in life.
This famous mountain of the south is remembered as the crash site of Flight 387 of Cebu Pacific last February 1998 (Mount Lumot to be specific). Mount Sumagaya traverse Mount Lumot is located in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. After that crash incident, this has been a popular hiking destination here in Northern Mindanao aside from the famous “Kitanglad-Dulang-dulang traverse or KD2” in Bukidnon. It has an elevation of 2248+ MASL for Mount Sumagaya and 2320+ MASL for Mount Lumot making it as a 3-4 days climb. For the hardcore, it can be done by a 2-3 day climb. Some of the blogs that I’ve read would say, it would be better if we had this climb as Mount Lumot traverse Mount Sumagaya but in this case, we do the reverse to save time because Mount Sumagaya’s jump-off is much nearer to Cagayan De Oro City than Mount Lumot. The PART I of this blog entails the venture of our Mount Sumagaya climb.