Adventurers love to overcome set challenges in their field, hence the allure of the ‘Seven Summits’. In the Philippines, here are some quests, arranged in increasing difficulty. So far, I have only completed the first three.
1. To scale the three major peaks of the Banahaw complex – the Banahaw Trilogy of Banahaw, Banahaw de Lucban, and Cristobal.
2. To climb the northernmost and southernmost mountains in the Philippines: Mt. Iraya in Batanes and Mt. Bongao in Tawi-Tawi.
3. To conquer the five highest mountains in the Philippines: Apo, Dulang-Dulang, Pulag, Kitanglad, Tabayoc.
4. To complete the five grand Cordillera traverses: Mt. Amuyao from Barlig to Batad; Mt. Napulauan from Hungduan to Hapao; Mt. Ugo from Kayapa to Itogon; and two Mt. Pulag climbs: a North-South Traverse, Tawangan-Ambangeg; and a West-East Traverse, Akiki-Ambaguio.
5. To conquer the four great Mindanao climbs: Mt. Apo (Kapatagan-Kidapawan); Mt. Dulang-Dulang Traverse to Mt. Kitanglad; Mt. Kalatungan Traverse and White Peak (Mt. Pandadagsaan).
6. To reach the summits of the four “Knife Edge” mountains: Mantalingajan, Mayon, Halcon, and Guiting-Guiting.
7. To climb the “Seven Summits of the Philippines”: the highest peaks in seven major islands: Pulag (Luzon); Apo (Mindanao); Alto Peak (Samar-Leyte); Madjaas (Panay); Kanlaon (Negros), Mantalingajan (Palawan), and Halcon (Mindoro)