Hiking Advisory: Campsite theft in Mt. Sembrano

PinoyMountaineer.com periodically issues “Hiking advisories” as a form of warning to fellow climbers as regards conditions in various mountains. However, they are a matter of personal opinion and must be read in that light.

We have been informed through email and comments of multiple incidents of theft in Mt. Sembrano in the past couple of months, the most recent of which was just yesterday. Although we DO NOT wish to cast bad publicity to any persons/places, I think mountaineers deserve to be warned of this threat.

On Feb. 21, four hiking backpacks were allegedly stolen as well as a burner and a pair of shoes, accounting for two separate instances. March 7-8: Two backpacks were allegedly stolen, as well as cellphones and other stuff amounting to an estimated P35,000. Other cases have been reported as well since January.

All of the cases occurred in the campsite and during an overnight trek. Although there is no mention of any assault or physical harm done, there has likewise been no encounter between the thief/thieves and the climbers. A suspect has already been identified but the case still has to be resolved.

Thus, for the time being we STRONGLY DISCOURAGE climbers to climb Mt. Sembrano; if you must really climb Sembrano then do it as a dayhike. We are not afraid of petty thieves but we must show the locals in all mountaineering destinations that they have a responsibility to maintain peace and order if they wish to have visitors in their place.

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28 Comments on "Hiking Advisory: Campsite theft in Mt. Sembrano"


Guest
aja
10 years 6 months ago

ok lang umakyat sa sembrabo.. wula namang bundok na safe eh… na sayo ung safety mo ikaw ang may hawak ang mangangalaga nun… walang magnanakaw kung walang magiiwan ng bait para nakawan… dib? kea namn sila nagnanakaw kasi wulang nakakakita sa kanila at walang nagbabantay nag mga nanakawan nila…

-aja-

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ROLD
10 years 6 months ago

LOCALS AKO SA MT. SEMBRANO DAMI NA BALITA DYAN SA NAKAWAN NA YAN…WE CLIMB LAST SATURDAY…AND NKITA KO NA HINDI LNG MGNANAKAW ANG PROBLEMA..DAMI NG BASURA…NAKAKALUNGKOT LNG KASI YEARLY MY CLEAN-UP DRIVE NA GINAGAWA KASAMA UNG GRUPO NAMIN…SANA LNG ANG KALAT NG MOUNTAINEERS IBABA NG MOUNTAINEERS……………

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edge
10 years 6 months ago

We do dayhike climb last May 16,observe for possible issues, yet we climb succeded up to summit.We never met this “mgnanakaw” as u say.
I talked to locals in manggahan camp but they choose to silent on issues..i give respect nlng..

Anyway please be discipline also in hiking this mountain..dami kalat sa summit(bote,lata,plastics) practice LNT me ng-download dun kaya namaho sa summit..tsk tsk..
You afraid of the dark but you urself having one..

Go Green!

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hh
10 years 6 months ago

new climber lang po kami. scary po na malaman na may nakawan na nangyayari sa mt. sembrano. sir/ma'ams, would u advise us kung itutuloy pa namin ang pagclimb sa mountain? plan namin sa next month.

> hh

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Anonymous
10 years 6 months ago

sad naman nito…plan namin umakyat sa this June. Print ko po tong mga comment nyo at ipapadala ko municipal hall ng Pililla. Kapitbahay namin work don e hope aksyunan agad nila. sayang kasi…