Monday, January 25, 2010

My World#56 Rockies, Mt. Apo, Mindanao

This is the grandfather of the Philippine mountains, Mt. Apo. Standing at 2954 meters, it is the highest mountain of the Philippines and a popular mountain climbing destination especially during summer. There are several trails leading to its summit and it takes about 2-4 days to reach its peak.

Mt. Apo

Considered as one of the more difficult trail is the Kapatagan Trail which passes thru the rocky portion of the mountain that faces the town of Kapatagan (right side of the picture).

Mt. Apo,mountain climbingAlign Center

The above picture is the start of the "rockies" part of Mt. Apo where climbing means jumping from one giant volcanic rock to the other. It was raining when we did this climb which serendipitously was an advantage for all of us as the volcanic rocks were quite warm to our touch. We can smell and see sulphur smoke emitting from the vents between the rocks and it would have been a very difficult climb if it had been a hot day.

mountain climbing,Mt. Apo,Mindanao

Fogs covered the cityscape behind us while we tackle the rockies.

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Martha Z January 25, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

That looks like a challenging hike, maybe a little to challenging for me. I'm glad for the chance to take a look, though.

Sylvia K January 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

A challenging hike indeed!! Well, particularly at my age! But how fun to see it through your eyes! Thanks for sharing, Marites! Great captures! Have a great week!


Indrani January 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

WoW! Rock climbing!
Being so close to volcanic rocks, weren't you scared?

noel January 25, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

wow, what an intense climb...i can't believe the size of those it safe for foreigners to go there?

eileeninmd January 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

What a climb, I'm sure it was well worth the hike to the peak. Great photos.

Marites January 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

@Indrani: it was scary but quite exhilarating especially when you reach the summit:)

@Noel: foreigners are allowed to climb as long as they register with the local government before climbing. You can also hide local guides and porters at the foot of the mountain prior to your climbing.

Ebie January 25, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

Breath taking views! I could feel the mist!

I would need a lot of preps to do this type of hike!

Enjoy your week!

Photo Cache January 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

I could only imagine looking up at that imposing majestic peak and then from the peak looking down at the view.

Yogi♪♪♪ January 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

Hiking up to the top sounds like an adventure. I've never been around a volcano before so heat from below would have been fascinating.

Vicky January 26, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

Looks like you had a great time!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Regina January 26, 2010 at 8:19 AM  

Beautiful Mt Apo.
Thanks for sharing.

Johnny Nutcase January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

cool shots! that looks like a really fun (and challenging - those rocks!) climb! i wanna go!

Gattina January 26, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

Did you climb on that ? Looks beautiful but very high and rather difficult to go up !

LadyFi January 27, 2010 at 12:11 AM  

It looks like a majestic mountain!

hip chick January 27, 2010 at 2:19 AM  

That looks like quite an imposing hike! What a beautiful view though.

FA January 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

Congratulations for making it to the summit. What a great experience that must have been; a lifetime achievement you will treasure.

Tes January 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

Oh wow, what a hike! Sounds fun! Thank you for sharing your photos, Marites! :)

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