Mt. Sembrano and Mt. Talamitam climb advisories lifted

It is time to move on from the problems of the past. As a result of the reported theft in Sembrano, climbing activity decreased by an estimated 60% and I’m sure this is more than enough for the locals to realize that they better fix their backyard to attract more visitors. Although no charges were officially filed, the suspect was severely reprimanded by leading officials in the locality and no further cases of theft have been reported to us. Hence, as of June 1, 2009 the Climb Advisory vs. Sembrano has been lifted in PinoyMountaineer.com. Thus it is our opinion that it is safe to climb Sembrano — the usual precautions still apply of course.

Then we also reported about a local dispute in Talamitam between Nick Wijangco and a group of locals called CCEM led by Bro. Ted Calimag. Without rendering judgment on their arguments, we have to note and appreciate the efforts of the latter in nurturing the mountain – this includes a tree-planting activity last week – and I hope that the whole local community will join hands in protecting and promoting Talamitam. We have not heard of any mountaineer-related problem since this issue came up and it is also our opinion that it is safe to climb Talamitam.

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6 Comments on "Mt. Sembrano and Mt. Talamitam climb advisories lifted"


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Anonymous
8 years 9 months ago

I noticed that the date this article was written almost two years ago. Noting as well the mentioned tree-planting activity in Talamitam that month. I wouldn't have bothered here if I didnt have a bit of two cent's worth. I was there on that tree-planting. Me and my friends participated and even under grueling heat, we carried those plants, coffee, narra, mojave, etc in hopes that one day, we may see these plants and that they grow in abundance as what is aimed with the said project. I'm telling you its better to carry a 40L bag up, at least the weight is on your back-but 3-4 plants.. it's very tiring! So while we go to our designated places (the plants where distributed per area) in a way I was hoping that the words Sir Nick had said wont be true. We passed by his house,made a courtesy call, prior to proceeding to the activity. Sir was adamant on the doubt of the agenda of the activity and if it will indeed be true on its goal.. Sadly I write this now, almost two years later when last February we returned to Talamitam and saw nothing.. nothing but grass. Aside from the obvious corn plantings, i asked a local there what the other plants were, he said it was just peanuts. After two years, I was expecting to see improvement at least. Alas what we saw was bare clearing. Remember that there was a bit of wooded area before that said clearing? To our horror, saw machine-cut tree stumps are seen, even along the trail. And to think that's an open area still and not deep into the woods. Going to Talamitam and seeing her fading glory? Not that I side with anyone, but clearly, that shows who really has the heart when it comes to Talamitam's well being. Shame on those who claim to be her caretakers.

~jnienna

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Anonymous
9 years 11 months ago

sir/maam..
tanong ko lang po..if kung safe umakyat dito "mt.talamitam"?..after does issue?we where planning to climb by the end of this month?
asap..tnx..

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Anonymous
10 years 5 months ago

. . delikado nah poh bah . . . .
hindi nah po bah ganun kagande

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Jayson
10 years 5 months ago

ok prin xa.. pnpaganda nga ung mt. talamitam recently ngkaroon nga ng tree planting jan pra nga dumami ang puno at kasama ako jan hahaha ^_^

– neo

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Anonymous
10 years 5 months ago

gnun????sayang balak p nman nming umakyat jan this july….