Tuesday, November 25, 2008

PinoyMountaineer Difficulty Scale (2009)

PinoyMountaineer recommends the classification of Philippine mountains according to difficulty with a numeric scale of 1-9 with the purpose of guiding enabling hikers to prepare accordingly. There are limitations to the criteria, and the PULAG factors listed below will try to account for some of these. The Difficulty scale is subject to continuous re-evaluation.

DISCLAIMER: Even though I am making this attempt to objectify the scale, I am aware that rating a mountain's difficulty is inherently subjective; the actual experience of difficulty depends on the situation (i.e. season, weather) and individual factors. This scale is meant only as a guide and cannot be the sole basis of an evaluating a mountain.

D Representative Destinations Criteria
1
Seven Lakes of San Pablo
Daranak and Batlag Falls
Mt. Samat
Very easy: treks less than 30 minutes in paved/cemented roads or clear paths
2
Mt. Maculot
Mt. Romelo
Gulugod Baboy
Easy: Single trail lasting less than 2 hours in length, not exceeding class 2.
3
Mt. Batulao
Anawangin Cove
Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg
Mild: Trail requiring less than 2 hours but with parts exceeding class 3; or 2-5 hours in length but not exceeding class 2.
4
Mt. Makiling
Mt. Cristobal
Tarak Ridge
Mt. Hibok-Hibok
Average: Trail requiring 2-5 hours, with parts of trail class 3 or higher; or trek lasting 5-9 hours, with parts of trail not exceeding class 2
5
Mt. Ugo Traverse
ArayatTrav or MakTrav
Mt. Banahaw (Dolores)
Moderate: Trail lasting 5-9 hours with parts of trail class 3 or higher; or all long treks not exceeding class 2.
6
Mt. Bulusan
Mt. Isarog (Patag-Patag)
Mt. Pulag (Akiki-Ambangeg)
Challenging: Mountains under class 5 with place-specific circumstances not accounted for by trail class.
7
Mt. Pulag (Akiki-Ambaguio)
Mt. Napulauan Traverse
Mt. Amuyao Traverse
Difficult: Trek lasting 5-9 hours, with parts of trail class 4 or higher with cold weather OR trek requiring 3 or more days
8
Mts. Talomo-Apo Traverse
Dulang-Dulang-Kitanglad
Mt. Kanlaon Traverse
Strenuous: treks requiring more than 3 days average with varied, potentially hazardous environments or Trail class 5-6 for 2 hours
9
Mt. Halcon
Mt. Guiting-Guiting
Mt. Mantalingajan
Mt. Sicapoo
Technical: Either Trail class 5-6 more than 8 hours or very long treks requiring 4 days average or less than 3 days but exploratory in nature and summitability non-assured.

*The
PULAG factors add +1 to the difficulty of the trek:
P- Precipitation > 50% of trek time
U- Unestablished trail or flooded trails requiring water-crossing
L- Low temperature; <> 35 C)
A- Animals or wildlife that interfere with trek (i.e. hyperlimatik)
G- Gusts of wind reaching >50kph

23 comments:

kazan said...

kudos for this sir gid! we have been using the difficulty scale since last year ,,,its good to see its detailed.

kazan
calapan, mindoro oriental

Niel said...

Is this the Mt Kalatungan in Bukidnon? If it is, IMHO I don't think it qualifies as Class 9. I climbed it last year, and I could say that it I find it much easier than Mt Apo. I also didnt find any parts that may hinder the smumitability of the mountain.

Anonymous said...

i agree. sir gid maybe you were referring to another mountain or trail in the kalatungan range?

pedroiho said...

I am assuming that it was at class 9 specifically summability non-assured is because I heard that there are many group of climbers that already been lost out of trail going to summit and some just go back... I actually heard 4 groups who tell stories that they failed to summit

gideon said...

the traverse of kalatungan is at least difficulty 7 or 8, but because of its non-assured summitability and tendency to assume some of the PULAG factors, it has been given a difficulty of 9 in this edition of the scale.

however, dissenting opinions are healthy and as i said, we can modify the ratings of each mountain if such action is supported by consensus. hopefully through these, we can create a relative but objective scale. by expanding the scale to 9, we have already stratified mountains in a more descriptive scale compared to the old itineraries wherein both banahaw and halcon are Level III.
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Jayar said...

Sir ano'ng level ang PICO de Loro sa Cavite? wala cya sa listahan eh. Curious lang po'.. thanks

gideon said...

kindly look up the difficulty rating of each mountain on the individual page for each mountain. the mountains posted here are just "representatives" of each difficulty rating.

i think pico de loro is difficulty 3/9.

Anonymous said...

i agree sir Gid, that pico difficulty is 3/9 depending also if it is traverse, and using traditional trail going to summit or the new trail going to saddle camp site near the summit.

rrritual said...

hi,
have you guys tried the mt. guiting guiting?

misTRunderstud said...

Agree ;)

Anonymous said...

Sir, pano po yung Mt. Sembrano sa Rizal? san po yun naka categorize?

gideon said...

again, please check the mt. sembrano page itself. we have over 90 mountains in the website and i can't put it all in this page.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys!!!

Its me again,Elle Alvarez.A pleasant greetings to everyone.First and foremost,l wanna say thank you to Mr. Lasco,for allowing people to get involve on this website he created and somehow enjoy the company of other like-minded people who have the heart of mountaineering.I am from Negros Occidental,a free-lance Mt. Kanlaon guide,and a nursing student at the same time from St. La Salle university Bacolod.Im a regular climber,visiting Kanlaon,3-4 times a year.My very important advocacy is tree-planting and cleaning of Kanlaon's trail,setting it free from garbages which our other buddies consciously left behind.I just wannat invite any of you who are willing to join me and my other friends,this coming December 18.The trail will be at Pula.First night will be spend at WESCA,where you can find the biggest tree in the Philippines.Starts the climb at 5,the nextmorning.Estimated time of arrival at the summit will be around 12 in the afternoon.Camp one more night at Mt. Makawiwili,and go down the next day,then enjoy the waterfalls before heading back home.Any interested parties just contact me at 09054405123 for globe users,and 09087670607 for smart.Thanks a lot and let's together protect the Philippine mountains so we could deliver it safely to our future generation.

Soar High.........

ra said...

hi,
@mam elle a., regular climber po kau sa kanlaon, we could consider this mountain po kasi this year,mga freelancers po kmi. im a forester po by profession so isa din sa mga advocacy ko ang forest protection.based po kami sa albay,dati din ako guide sa mayon.

ra

Anonymous said...

sir Gideon pano ba maging member ng pinoy mountaineer?

Anonymous said...

Hello Ra,

pasensya ka na...its been a long time since l got in here.medyo super busy talaga sa school.I actually got some climbers from afghanistan...mga ofw na pinoy this coming june,kaso lang di ako pwede dahil sa school stuffs ko...baka pwede ka punta dito at iguide mo sila hehehehe....thanks for writing to me thought..appreciate it a lot

Anonymous said...

paano maging member ng pinoy mountaineer?pwede ba sumama sa mga hiking kahit di member im very interested matagal ko na gusto sumama sa mga ganyan please relpy how can i join??

Anonymous said...

galing kami sa mt.kanlaonj last may 16,2010..ang ganda talaga nang view pag andun ka sa makawiwili peak,,nakakatakot kasi ang lalim nang margaja valley...

Anonymous said...

sir how about mt. natib anu scale xa kasama?

Anonymous said...

sir' tumatanggap pba kau ng new member?
anu po ung qualification nyo... tnx!!

Randy Salazar said...

Are the three peaks of Panay Island in Western Visayas already rated? Namely Mt. Madjaas, Mt. Nangtud and Mt. Baloy. Would appreciate the info.

Anonymous said...

Those are the 3 mighty mountains of antique.
1. Mt Baloy (mahirap pa sa amuyao trav)
2. Mt Madia-as trav (mas mahirap sa baloy kahit di traverse)
3. Mt Nangtud trav (mas mahirap sa Madia-as traverse)

Anonymous said...

hi sir gid,

what mountain can you recommend as a training climb in preparation for Mt. Mantalingajan? aside from mt halcon and guiting, since based on your reviews, it has difficulty level of 9/9.

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