Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mt. Halcon (2,582+)


MT. HALCON
Baco, Oriental Mindoro

Major jumpoff: Brgy. Lantuyan, Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Alternate jumpoff: Brgy. Bayanan, Baco, Oriental Mindoro
LLA: 13° 15.749N 120° 59.703E, 2582 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3.5-4 days / 15-18 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail class 2-4
Features: River crossings, mossy forests, rocky ridges
Availability: Open from February 1 to May 31 of every year
Last updated: March 12, 2015

Blogger's note (March 12, 2015): Mt. Halcon is now open! Until May 31, that is. Given the fact that the new rules might take some time to "stabilise", sending an advance party to get permits on a weekday seems like a prudent option rather than just going there directly. If going there directly, best to arrive on a weekday and allot an extra day for contingencies. Thank you Kat Ocol for the updates! 

BACKGROUND 
Rising to 2582 MASL in Mindoro island just south of Luzon, Mt. Halcon is one of the majestic mountains - and best hiking destinations - in the Philippines, featuring long, often steep trails through dense jungle, crystal-clear waters from its rivers, as well as a magnificent ultramafic summit. Halcon's biological profile is equally prestigious, being home to a lot of endemic flora and fauna.

Mt. Halcon is also one of the most storied hiking destinations in the country, being traditionally regarded as the toughest hike in the country and an "initiation" for serious mountaineers. Indeed, many "old school" hikers will have tales to tell about the mountain. At the height of Typhoon Katring in November 1994, hypothermia claimed the life of 25-year old Neptali Lazaro, and ten years later,  21-year old Prana Escalante was reported as missing while on a solo hike attempting to follow her teammates and her body was found a week later. Halcon is a long and challenging hike most of the time, but these accidents speak of the fact that it can turn treacherous in bad weather.

In 2006, the local officials and the DENR closed Halcon, purportedly to give the mountain time to recover from trash left by climbers. In 2013 and 2014, hiking activity resumed intermittently (the blogger managed to hike via the Mayabig Trail on May 2013). In March 2015, new policies were announced that would make the mountain seasonally open, from February 1 to May 31 to each year (see more details below).

One significant shift is that from the traditional trail, there is another officially sanctioned access point at the moment is through Brgy. Bayanan. Either trail takes roughly a day, passing through  tropical, sometimes mossy, forests before reaching the beautiful Aplaya campsite, which is surrounded by the mighty peaks of the mountain, from which numerous waterfalls trickle down.

The following day would be either an day-assault of the summit to make a three-day itinerary, or a day of trekking to camp at the campsite to make a four day itinerary. Past Aplaya, the next highlight would be the beautiful waters of Dulangan River and its upstream sources. Two small campsites are found near the river, one downstream (Camp 1) and one upstream (Camp 2). Beyond Camp 2, the trails are still well-established but quite steep, as I wrote in Hiking matters #344:
From there, the trail involved continuous ascents that were akin to the 'Wild Boar Trail' of Makiling - only with much longer, steeper ascents. The only way to go about it was to keep moving, keep climbing.
Finally, the hiker would go past the forest line to reach the ridges, which offer breathtaking views, stunted trees on ultramafic rocks, and spectacular, narrow trails. Though known as a "Knife Edge", it actually doesn't feel intimidating when you're already there; the trails are not as narrow as the ones in Guiting-Guiting. There is, however, a bit of a crux in the form of a wooden ladder than one has to climb to continue the trek. Past the ladder, there is an epitaph for Neptali Lazaro, and a final 15-minute trek to the summit. Up there, on a clear day, the view is fantastic, opening up to the Southern Luzon mountains including Mt. Banahaw. As the highest mountain in the Philippines outside of Luzon and Mindanao islands, it is truly a lofty place, Sialdang in the local tongues.

In keeping with the traditional place of Halcon in the Philippine hiking scene, it is fitting that we allow the description of Long Henson, the father of itineraries, to stand. In his honor we are preserving his writeup for this respected high and formidable mountain:

During the rainy season, climbing may have to be aborted when flash floods sets-in making the trail crossing the rivers unpassable. Another factor that adds up to the difficulty of climbing is the presence of the Philippine limatik on almost 90 percent of the trail. These small leeches silently clings to your boots and makes their way to any exposed skin where they begins to suck the blood of their host. The bite however is painless but after sucking the blood, the blood then flows continuously from the victim for about 30 minutes due to an anti-clotting substance it injects when it bits you. It’s more of a messy uncomfortable feeling than pain. Last 1994, Halcon was in the headlines of the national newspapers due to the death of one of its climbers. It was caused by hypothermia due to the cold winds of typhoon Katring and inexperience in the part of the novice climber. Because of this incident, locals began monitoring and requiring permits to the climbers of Halcon.

It also proves that Halcon is not your ordinary "hike-in-the-park". Climbing Halcon really demands months of preparation and proper planning to make the ascent not only a successful climb but more importantly a safe one. Though years of experience have shown that it’s not only preparation and planning that counts but it seems like the mountain chooses who will be able to set foot on its sought after summit.

Nature will always be a factor in the success of this climb. So it is best advised to climb it during the summer months of March to May to make the chances of success of the expedition the better. The hardship in conquering Halcon has a lot of rewards other than the feeling of conquering the Philippines hardest and setting foot on its sacred summit. The entire hike has a lot of wonderful sights and sounds to offer. It has unique and exotic flora and fauna, countless rivers and waterfalls, spectacular views, particular from the summit wherein you can see the entire island of Mindoro and the surrounding islands. In a clear day, you can see Banahaw, Maculot and even Mayon from the summit. Different terrain from rain forest to mighty rivers, mossy forest, bonsai forest and a wide variety of highland floras are some of the unique encounters. The contact with the natives will also give you a new perspective in life that is why it is advisable to take them as your guide.

Definitely, climbing Mt. Halcon is one of the ultimate in Philippine mountaineering. There you will come face to face with the question of why do you climb. And maybe come into conclusion that "mountaineering is the art of suffering!"

ITINERARIES

4 DAYS LANTUYAN OR BAYANAN TRAIL (SUMMIT CAMP)

Day 0
0600 Assembly at Buendia corner Taft
0630 ETD Manila to Batangas City
0930 ETA Batangas Pier, take ferry to Calapan
1015 ETA Calapan Pier, Hire tricycle to Calapan Market Place
1030 ETA Calapan Market Place, Ride jeepney bound for Baco
1130 ETA Baco Municipal Hall, Arrange for permit
1200 Lunch in Baco / Buy final supplies
1400 ETD Baco Municipal Hall to jumpoff
1500 ETA jumpoff. Register / Arrange for guides
1600 Free Time, Setup Camp, Make Final Preparation

Day 1 (exact landmarks vary depending on choice of trail)
0600 Breakfast / Prepare for the hike
0700 Start Trek
1200 Lunch along the the trail
1300 Resume Trek
1700 ETA Aplaya campsite
1830 Dinner
2000 Light's Out

Day 2
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0800 Start Trek
0900 Dulangan River
1200 Lunch at Camp 2 or along the trail
1200 Resume Trek
1600 Knife Edge Ridge
1700 ETA summit / set up camp
1900 Dinner / socials

Day 3
0530 Wake-up call / Enjoy the sunrise atop Mt. Halcon
0800 Start descent
1200 Lunch along Dulangan River / Swimming!
1300 Resume trek
1600 Back at Aplaya campsite / Set up camp
1900 Dinner / socials

Day 4  (exact landmarks vary depending on choice of trail)
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0800 Start descent
1200 Lunch along the trail
1600 Back at trailhead. End of trek!
1700 Take tricycle back to Baco then jeep back to Calapan
1900 ETA Calapan. Dinner
2100 Take ferry back to Batangas
2300 ETA Batangas. Take bus back to Manila
0130 (+1 day) ETA Manila


3 DAYS LANTUYAN OR BAYANAN TRAIL (SUMMIT ASSAULT)

Day 0
0600 Assembly at Buendia corner Taft
0630 ETD Manila to Batangas City
0930 ETA Batangas Pier, take ferry to Calapan
1015 ETA Calapan Pier, Hire tricycle to Calapan Market Place
1030 ETA Calapan Market Place, Ride jeepney bound for Baco
1130 ETA Baco Municipal Hall, Arrange for permit
1200 Lunch in Baco / Buy final supplies
1400 ETD Baco Municipal Hall to jumpoff
1500 ETA jumpoff. Register / Arrange for guides
1600 Free Time, Setup Camp, Make Final Preparation

Day 1  (exact landmarks vary depending on choice of trail)
0600 Breakfast / Prepare for the hike
0700 Start Trek
1200 Lunch along the jumpoff
1300 Resume Trek
1700 ETA Aplaya campsite
1830 Dinner / Prepare for packed lunch the next day
2000 Light's Out

Day 2
0300 Wake-up call / Light snacks
0400 Start summit assault
0700 Breakfast / 15-minute break at Camp 1 or 2
1000 Arrival at ridgeline
1100 ETA summit (allow up to 1300H) / Lunch
1200 Start descent
1500 Dulungan River break / swimming!
1800 Back at Aplaya campsite
1900 Dinner / socials

Day 4  (exact landmarks vary depending on choice of trail)
0600 Breakfast / Break camp
0800 Start descent
1200 Lunch along the trail
1600 Back at the jumpoff. End of trek!
1700 Take tricycle back to Baco then jeep back to Calapan
1900 ETA Calapan. Dinner
2100 Take ferry back to Batangas
2300 ETA Batangas. Take bus back to Manila
0130 (+1 day) ETA Manila

Notes
1. It is possible to compress Day 0-1 into one long day that begins at midnight in Batangas Pier, then take an early morning trip to Calapan. Moreover, if permits are arranged beforehand it is possible to skip Day 0 entirely 
2. It is possible to compress Day 3-4 into one long day of descent if you start early from the summit with possibility of night-trekking.
3. The choice of trail will be determined by the tourism office as per the latest updates (2015). Hike during the weekdays for more choices.

PRACTICALITIES: MT. HALCON
Transportation
Public (1) Bus, Cubao or LRT-Buendia to Batangas Pier [P170; 2.5-3 hours]
(2) Ferry, Batangas Pier to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro [P180-300; 2-2.5 hours]
(3) Rented jeepney, Calapan to Baco Municipality and back [P2500-3000 for the roundtrip, 40 minutes to Baco and 30 minutes to the trailhead]

Approximately 6-7 hours travel time because of various stops and delays. 

More transportation details to follow. If you have information please let us know!

Registration
(1) Logbook at the Tourism Office in Baco. Note: Requirements include medical certificate and certificate evidence of climbing experience (this needs further clarification)
(2) Logbook at the Police Station in Baco
(3) Logbooks and possible minor fees at the jumpoff /villages
P375 regsitration/permit fee (at the tourism office) + possible minor fees at the trailheads.
Available; required; Ratio of 1:7; P500/day
Porters: same rate as guides, maximum 15 kg
Halcon (Jojo - Baco Tourism Office) - 09198821442
Campsites and waypoints
(1) emergency campsites
(2) Aplaya campsite
(3) Camp 1
(4) Camp 2
(5) Summit camp 
Water sources
Available in Aplaya camp, Camp 1 and Camp 2 and some parts of the trail 
Cellphone signal
Sporadic in Aplaya camp
Available at the summit and in some parts of the trail 
River crossings
Sections of the Lantuyan River can swell with heavy rains. Proceed with caution 
Roped segments
None but there are parts where ropes might help beginners. 
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Some
Rattan
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Hiking notes 
Warning: Limatik will be abundant 
Sidetrips
Puerto Galera (one jeepney ride from Calapan) Other Mindoro mountains i.e. Mt. Malasimbo
Alternate trails
There have been documented traverses i.e. to Naujan. Check with local tourism if sanctioned.
No 
Facilities at jumpoffs
(+) Sari-sari stores
(+) Wash-up places 
1500-2200 pesos per person for a group of 7 (4 days)

MT.  HALCON PICTURES 

Inside the mossy forests of the Mayabig Trail

Waterfalls from the massif as viewed from Aplaya campsite
The blogger at the Aplaya campsite (May 2013)
At the "Knife Edge" of Mt. Halcon on the way to the summit

At the summit ridge
The wooden "Ladder", one of the landmarks of the final assault

At the summit of Mt. Halcon

The beautiful waters of Lantuyan River


TRIVIA
The blogger's hike in Halcon in May 2013 is chronicled in Hiking matters #343: To Aplaya campsite and Hiking matters #344: To the summit and back

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Long Henson for providing information for the previous edition of this itinerary.
Kat Ocol for the updates in March 2015 (see more details in her blog post)

79 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is called "SIALDANG"...

Anonymous said...

when do you think halcon will be open again?

Anonymous said...

sirs and mams, were planning to climb mt. halcon as soon as it opens po jst wunna ask for some tips and specific tools to use if theres any. .and how is it like to climb one of the most thoughest mountain in the phil(terrain). . as early as now our freelance team is preparing so if it opens we could start planning.. Browskie of BBC Outdoors.. ty!

Anonymous said...

ayon po sa balita ay sa 2011 pa mag oopen ang mt. halcon. mas maganda po na hintayin na lang nating ibukas uli ito kesa pipilitin nating umakyat. may mga sumubok na magpaalam ngunit di pinayagan na nagresulta lang ng pagsasayang ng panahon at rekurso. ingat na rin po mga mangyan na nag aalok ng guide na nagresulta rin ng di maganda(iniwan sa trail matapos bayaran).pakiusap lang po na igalang na lang po natin ang desisyon at ang bundok............... maging mapagmasid na rin po tayo sa kasalukuyang nangyayari sa paligid ng mt. halcon. maraming salamat po

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Anonymous said...

ok.lang umakyat lalo na pag ung bawal my trill lalo na nung first time ko.walang trail.bahala na.kaya lang pag dating namin sa summit sunog .my forest fire kaya sayang sunug.malapit na ulit silang mag paakyat.2011 pa

Ver said...

you can contact halms or sialdang moutaineer ask for richard kabayo (halms)or john fesalbo (sialdang) they are the local and official group their in calapan, especially Sialdang they are the best!!!!!!!! +639275088499

Anonymous said...

SIALDANGs are the break away group of HALMS...right? Our group met them last 1999 3 days before annual climb. They even tour us sa Calapan. Forgot their names. Great adventure 3 days climb and in 4th dive at puerto....

Annie said...

Blak po sana umakayat ng group namin sa Halcon as soon as it opens for climbing, can you suggest an IT with Puerto Galera as the side trip?

Thanks in advance :)

alexgenteroy said...

alam nyo wag na lang kayo umakyat sa mount halcon ang alam ko eh di na yan magbubukas kasi sabi kayo daw mga mountaineers eh puro basura lang iniiwan nyo dun sa pinakang summit ng halcon... Kung ako tatanungin wag na lang kayo umakyat dun kung puro basura rin lang dala nyo dun sa taas sa iba na lang kayo umakyat...

Anonymous said...

sir alexgentory hindi naman po lahat ng mountaineers eh ganun...dahan dahan naman po sana pagsasalita..dahil aminin nyo rin minsan nagkalat din kayo..

Anonymous said...

bbc outdoors here... sir intindhin nlng po natin si alexgenteroy sa kanyang komento tungkol sa mga pasaway na mountaineer na nagkakalatsa mga bundok bundok...tama kayo sir alex hndi lahat ng umaakyat ay disiplinado.. meron din po na pasaway at matitigas ang ulo kaya po kasama sa mga responsibilidad ng mga tunay na mountaineers ang pagbawalan sa pagkakalat ang mga pasaway at linisin ang mga basura sa bundok na kanilang inaakyat... hangat maaari po dalhin o pulutin na natin pababa ang mga kalat na madadaanan natin sa trail...eto po ang gnagawa namin sa tuwing aakyat kami . . hindi man namin malinis laht ng kalat,atleast nakabawas kami kht pa konti-konti..kaya sir alexgenteroy wag mashado negative thinker.. madami din po kami na responsible mountaineers...13120.. 1313C 0utdoors.... I pray for world peace!! haha!

alexgenteroy said...

di po ako mountainers concern lang ako sa halcon kaya nga siguro sya isinara gawa ganun..... maganda nga sana kung lahat ng mountainers eh katulad nyo....na nagliligpit ng kalat... kaso hindi lahat... sana may responsibilidad din kayo bilang mga mountainers.... sa ating kalikasan... peace po tayo wag mag-aaway... nasa malayang bansa tayo kaya may karapatan tayo na sabihin lahat ng ating hinaing at mga komento sa isat-isa...

Anonymous said...

UU nga tama kayo, pareho kyung may tama dun, sa side ni sir alexgenteroy tama siya dadalasan ding nagkakalat sa mga bundok ay mga mountaineers, dahil nga sa mga baura natin na hindi natin mabit-bit pababa, pewo bilang mountaineers we are here to save nature, protect life and promote tourism... As a mountaineer's we have our principle... the LEAVE NO TRACE Principles... Mabuhay Filipino Mountaineers...

Anonymous said...

tama si alexgenteroy, madami pa rin mountaineers na walang pakialam sa bundok. puro conquer at padamihan lang ng bundok na napuntahan. pagandahan ng gadgets, pasikat baga wala naman laman. masakit isipin ganun talaga ang pinoy ke mountaineer ka pa o ordinaryong tao. hindi ka na pupunta pa sa bundok para makita mo ang kalaliman ng ating malasakit sa kalikasan. sa tapat ng bahay mo makikita mo na. saludo ako sa mga mountaineer na nagpupulot ng basura, pero hindi lang dun nagtatapos ang responsibilidad ninyo bilang "mountaineer". wag magvandalism, wag mag-uwi ng souvenir(wild), wag maingay o respeto sa lokal na komunidad ay isa sa mga paraan na pwede ninyo gawin.Marami pa. di ba tinuro yan sa BMC? alam na ninyo yan, matanda na kayo.

Anonymous said...

alam yan ng lahat ng mountaineers ang LNT, meron lang tlga tamad ibaba ang basura, well anyways , the point is , we are all waiting ofr mt halcon to open , whenever it will be.. im also hearing other chismax kung bakit sarado pa hanggang ngayon , pero i dont care as long as mgbukas pa rin soon,..


-dave mustaine-

J. Mendoza said...

Been there last holy week, i was there for a visit with my friend her relatives. It was 1pm of April 2, we were arguing what kind of body of water we want to go. There were two options, a river and a falls. That time, a lot of Baco locals where at the River, so we decided to proceed to the falls, specifically, a Barrio known as Bayanan. Unconscious about the vicinity, we were taking a route going to Mount Halcon. We arrived around 2pm, trekking the path to the falls. There were a lot of locals that time, maybe with their families and friends. Sad to say, the part of that foot of the mountain was really messy and a lot of trash left by the excursionist. the current is so fast that it can be develop as a rafting spot. There were a lot of leeches just like Long Henson mentioned. I tried to explore the trail of the stream with my desire to prove my theory that there is a sub-structure in the upstream portion of the trail. And i was right, there was a small structure, like a dam, but it's already broken, noticeably in it's middle part. Till the moment we go back to our transient house, i wasn't aware it was the famous Mount Halcon. It was only late that night that my friend told me it was Mount Halcon. Some of the locals informed me that there a group of mountaineers ascend last March 30. i was told that the local authority gave them a waver form to fill up. I don't know if they already got down that day. I think Halcon should be open for responsible mountaineers and explorers like me, well as an engineer.

Anonymous said...

mas maganda siguro magkaroon ng clean up program para sa halcon..napakalaking sayang ng halcon kung tuluyan itong hindi magbubukas.

Anonymous said...

masarap umakyat sa mt halcon ngalang close na buti nalang nka pag climb ako b4
rux

edge said...

We're planning to go back in baco with my erpat before opening of semester, visiting also friends from halms and work related.

Hopefully makapagocular ule sa halcon by that time. I'll update this site and you Gid of our visit.

More power!

Anonymous said...

been there way back 2001 just 20 yr old that time...it was the most difficult climb,but worth it after all. Did not continue climbing after...that was it , climbing Halcon just like graduation as mountaineer...no other mountain in the philipines toughest than Mt. Halcon...

Anonymous said...

i have been seeing pictures of mountaineers sa multiply who just recently climb mt halcon, one of them was the inspection climb which was held last holy week this 2010 ng TMC.. inspection climb nga ba or just a way para maakyat lang ang halcon. and just recently meron nnmn.. should we also make up a reason para maka akyat din lang ng halcon? kung sila nakaakyat, and so kami rin aakyat na, and wala nmn cgro nagmamay ari ng halcon, and tayong mga mountaineers alam nmn natin na LNT.. -dave lombardo--

Anonymous said...

sir join ako dyan sa halcon climb nyo.cguro sir magsama tayo ng isang member ng halms or sialdang para Sigurado tayo...

Anonymous said...

yes nakita ko rin yun mga pictures na yun. Inspection Climb nga ba yun?or way lang nila yun para maakyat ang halcon.akala ko ba close ang halcon.bakit my nakaakyat dito?????or dati pang naakyat ito?

Anonymous said...

Para-paraan nlng ba para makaakyat ng Halcon?
Mag-iisip na pala ako ng idadahilan ko...
Mga "astig" at "sikat" lng ba na mga grupo/indibidwal ang pwede dun? Nakakainggit naman sila...

Paanu naman kaming mga hampas lupa lng?

dew_drops said...

mga tsong post nyo naman link nung site nila...thank you mga tsong

Anonymous said...

mrami ng umaakyt ng illegal s halcon man o banahaw, at isa n ko d2 d nmn s gusto ko mging psaway s nkikita ko nmn kung goal ntin lht n pngalagaan ang mga bundok s bnsa ntn mountaineers mn o hndi lht t u ay my pnngutan s kalikasn, s lugar ng halcon o bnahaw o s ibang bundok n nksara bilang rehabilation,bkit hndi t u mg psm s mga local n guide n cyang pnhihintulutan o s mga tao n cyang n ngangalaga s mga kbundukan ito n itong mga kpwa ntn mga mountaineers o mga turista n cyang hnhangad n akyatin ito turuan ntn n hingan ng tulong n s pg bbnla ay my dla clang mga bsura gling s taas, ng s gyun mbwasn yung snsvi n mraming bsura s taas at limitahan lng ang dmi ng aakyat dun at smhan n rin ntn mgtanim ng s guun ay ms laalo ntn mpngalagan tlg ntn ang mga bundok n ito at bumalik ang kita s turismo pra s mga local n ng hhnap buhay dun mraming praan kung gugustuhin tlg. mg krun ng programa s mga mountaineer n mg joint s pglilinis s mg bundok n mga ito.

Anonymous said...

oo nga panu naman kaming mga individuals na gusto rin maakyat ng halcon.mga sikat na grupo lang ba ang may karapatan na umakyat jan..palakasan na ba to...

Tikoy said...

Rehabilitation nga ba o Illegal logging???Gumagawa nga ba ng paraan d2 ang HALMS??parang ndi n yata??after ma BAN ang HALMS sa Halcon parang wala na kong narinig sa kanila at parang wala ng pakelam..Wala nman talgang malinaw na dahilan sa closure nyan..It all started lng talga afer the death of Prana..Sana lang gumawa paraan ang HALMS(kung makakapasok pa sila sa halcon)para matulungan ang mga climber d2 na makaakyat pa rin sa Halcon.

Anonymous said...

legitimate yung occular-inspection climb n yan. patukoy sa HALMS mdyo di na talaga maganda kanilang relasyon sa lokal na gobyerno ng baco.

Anonymous said...

hindi lang reforestation, afforestation etc.. ang kailangan ng bundok ang mga katutubong pilipino na nakapaligid dto ang sya dapat tingnan at bgyan ng attensyon cla ang dapat binibigyan ng pagkakataon sa edukasyon, kalusugan at mga programang makakatulong sa kanilang pinasyal na pangangailangan. kung gsto mo talagang matulungan maprotektahan ang ating kabundukan unahin mo muna ang mismong mga taong nung una pa may ginagalang at patuloy na promoprotekta sa ating mga kabundukan na kanilang pnagkukuhanan ng buhay.

mabuhay kayo mga katutubo ng bansang pilipinas.

Anonymous said...

good day, sir 4 groups po ung umakyat for inspection climb last holy week sa halcon.

Pilipinas Sierra, Metropolitan Mountaineering Society(MMS) and High Conquerors(HC) naimbitahan lang po ung mga TMC members dun sa pagkkalam ko.

salamat po ng marami!

Anonymous said...

kasama rin po ang SIALDANG mountaineers sa inspection climb at supported po ng Municipality of Baco, Baco PNP, Tourism of Baco and Brgy. Lantuyan. tnx

Anonymous said...

dito sa pinas walang saradong bundok sa makapal na bulsa. at isa pa hindi sarado ang sagot sa problema ng isang bundok. pulitika at interest ang namamagitan dito mga kapatid.

only in the phils. not in america...

Anonymous said...

sialdang is the best among the rest!

Anonymous said...

The last climb on halcon was legitimate, even supported by the LGU of Baco. Inspection yun for the eventual re-opening of Mt. Halcon.

As many of you know, Mt. Halcon suffered a lot from many years of massive climbing. Isipin nyo na lang kung hundreds of people ang sabay-sabay umaakyat sa Mt. Halcon, think of the damage sa trail and sa mga halaman dun. That happened for many years kaya napilitan syang isara to recuperate.

The people of Mindoro are merely trying to regulate and enforce discipline re: climbing of Mt. Halcon; inaalagaan lang namin ang aming bundok. Kung kaya nyong intindihin, salamat...

- RDSA

Anonymous said...

Magandang Araw po sa lahat.
CLARIFICATION lang po.

Yun pong nangyaring climb last summer sa Halcon (or Sialdang) ay hindi po initiated ng mga mountaineers na involve sa nasabing climb.
Ito po ay conducted by the Municipilaty of Baco together with Sangguniang Brgy of Lantuyang and the Samahan ng mga Alangang Mangyan sa Baco (SAABA).
Bago po nito ay nagkaroon ng pagpupulong na inanyayahan nga pong imbitahan ng mga nasabi ang Sialdang Mountaineering Club, para mapagusapan kung kailangan na nga bang buksan sa 2011 ang bundok at kung anong mga hakbangin ang dapat gawin.
Kasunod po nito ay napagkasunduang gumawa ng isang inspection and assessment climb, nang sa gayon ay malaman ang tunay na kalagayan ng bundok.
Sa pagpupulong din pong ito ay napagkasunduang imbitahan ang iba pang mountaineer na nakasama nga sa nasabing akyat.
Makatapos po nito ay nagkaroon ng panibagong pagpupulong kung saan dinaluhan ng LGU ng Baco, SB ng Lantuyang, SAABA, DENR, PGENRO, Prov'l Tourism at Sialdang Mountaineering Club, na ginanap pa rin sa Bulwagan ng Brgy Lantuyang.
Kasunod po nito ay magkakaroon ng isang pormal na joint session ang LGU ng Baco at SB ng Lantuyang kasama pa rin ang mga nabanggit kanina, ito po ay gaganapin sa Session Hall ng Baco ngayong darating na mga araw.

Umaasa po kayo na gagawin namin ang lahat upang maupdate kayo at para di magkaroon ng mga maling pagkakaintindi sa mga nangyayari.

Ibibigay ko po ang mga links na kung saan ay makakapagupdate kayo, hihingin ko lang po muna ang pahintulot ng grupong nagaasikaso dito sa Mindoro.

Maraming Salamat po!

-Hans from Mindoro

Anonymous said...

I don't think Halcon was damaged primarily by mountaineers. If this allegation is proven, then this mountain should be closed forever. The number of people who climbed Halcon are insignificant compared to Pulag or Apo.

Ponder on this:

These people who pointed their fingers on mountaineers are the same people who asked for assistance.
What's the point on this? Why would you ask help to people whom you think were the culprits?
This is madness!! Stop this hypocrisy!

Anonymous said...

pag mountaineers naman cgro, lahat my disiplina ..LNT.. ang masasabi ko lang, walang nagmamay ari ng bundok , maging saan pa man yan o maging ano mang bundok yan... para sa ating lahat yan para akyatin.... tayong mga aakyat dyan, ay tayo rin ang mangangalaga dyan para sa mga susunod na aakyat sa future.. kya wag ng paabutin pa ng 2011, NOW NA!!!!!!!

- juaN-

Anonymous said...

i think that there's something else going on out there

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Anonymous said...

mga sir maari ko bng mkuha ung kontak nang lhat nang nag participate s mt halcon dis year lng. at bk8 kelangan pang maraming kxmang grupo kng inspection lng at assessment s bundok n un. pde naman limang katao lng pmunta dun. para gmwa nang gnun.. kapal naman nang muka nyo.. sbhin nyo kgus2han nyo rin.. kh8 bwal n nag invite p kau nang bng grupo n close nyo.. gni2 b d2 palakasan s kakilala.. wg nyo dng svhn sikat grupo m2to naman kau mkibgay. o pinag u2sapn nyo dn na pgkaperahan ung mt.halcon f buksan to para s lhat nang m0untaineers d2 s pinas.

Anonymous said...

Well,,,paraparaan lng yan...

Anonymous said...

ganyan talaga ang feeling pag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ang ibang grupo na maka-akyat parang masama at may halong inggit ang kalooban natin, dahil sa tayo dito ay walang impormasyon tungkol sa climb na ito..maganda ang pakay nila dito at dahil dyan ay dapat pang pasalamatan ang mga grupong ito..wag nalang tayong ma-ingit sa kanila..naging maganda ang resulta nila sa climb na ito, darating din ang araw na mabubuksan ito para sa lahat.

Anonymous said...

bukas na to!palakasan lang ang labanan!

Anonymous said...

pati b nman sa pamumundok my palakasan na din!!!

Anonymous said...

dats true na kung babit ayaw buksan agad ang halcon dahil merong mga illegal loggers dyan n protectado ng LGU's at DENR. not only that my mga small miners pa dyan na naghuhukay na maaring mitsa ng buhay ng mga climbers.. idulog ang isyung ito sa Provincial Government pra masubukan ang galing ng gobernador ngayon kung may igagaling. Dagdagan pa ng Provincial tourism na inutil walang ginawa kundi maglakwatsa aral sa ibang probinsya. Sinasayang ang podo ng gobyerno sa walang kabagay-bagay..by:spycam

Anonymous said...

sir gid just heard rumors na open na daw Halcon??? how true po???

gideon said...

According to the Baco Mayor's Office, Mt. Halcon is set to reopen in 2011.

Anonymous said...

para sa mga kapatid...hintayin na lng natin mabuksan ang Halcon at wag na lang tyong mglabas o magsalita ng hindi magaganda sa kung anu man ang tunay na nangyayari sa Baco. Mas mabuti po sana na pagandaan na lang ntin ang pagbubukas at kung anu ang tulong na magagawa natin sa sandaling pwede ng akyatin ang bundok. Maging mas ma ingat na sana tayo at sundin ang nararapat at mga patakaran sa pg akyat upang hindi na muling isara kung ang dahilan ay ang pgkasira...sa totoo lang madaming basura sa Halcon, sa may aplaya na lang. Maging responsable po sana ang lahat sa pangangalaga ng kabundukan...

Kapayapaan!

Anonymous said...

isulong mntin ang nrrapat s kbundukan ng halcon,mghintay at mgmatyag t u s nangyyring at snsabing bubuksan n ang halcon s 2011,pg to d nangyari t u n mismo ang gumawa ng aksyon sknila gisingn ntn cla ang presidente ng plipinas at ng lokal ng bayan ng basco at mga ktutubong mangyan.....d kylangan ng plakasan o ano mng klase ng pngalan ng organisasyon op smahan d2..HUMANDA k U mga nag ttgo s likod ng ksinungalinag pnagssbi nu....PINTADOS

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone!

I've been looking for literature and information on the first attempt or summit of Mt. Halcon, and found out from my uncle who is one of the oldies of HALMS that the said mountain was first climbed/explored during the American Period.

It would be nice to document who and when was our mountains first summited.

-KP from Calapan

Anonymous said...

dami kcng irresponsible na mga hikers kaya nagcoclose ang mga mountain.kagaya sa banahaw..hai...

Anonymous said...

sir gid..ask ko lang po kung may pagasa pang mgbukas ang Halcon sa mga climber..tska naalala q lang po nung 4th year college po kmi eh ngkaroon po kmi ng chance n mkita ung mt. halcon personaly.ung thesis po kc namin dati eh about Iraya Mangyan at dun po kmi sa Baco, Oriental mindoro ngpnta.nung umakyat po kmi eh kumuha kmi ng guide na mangyan..mbabait naman po sila.mrmi nga po silang kwento smin about sa mt. halcon.ung nabanggit nyo pong fatality dati sa halcon,ung isang babae po na sumunod sa mga ksma nya.naikwento po smin un nung tcher n mangyan..ang sabi po nya may nmatay daw n babae kc ang kwento may cnundan daw xang bata tpos kalaunan eh nawala xa sa trail..may mga paraan din daw ang mga mangyan pra mtulungan ang mga hikers sa pagakyat sa HAlcon..anyways,sa tingin nyo po ba eh isa sa mga dahilan ng pagsasara ng halcon eh ung mga small time miners?kc ung inakyat po naming bundok sa baco eh nagkalat ung mga hukay ng mga minero..un lang po at salamat..more power po

Anonymous said...

bukas na ang halcon,,aakyatin namen yan sa april

Anonymous said...

sana ma open nato this year...ang tagal na namin nag hintay hopefully this year na..

UMOD INC.
cebu

Anonymous said...

any update sa reopening of Mt.Halcon?

krystin said...

my dad works for a local government unit in calapan, oriental mindoro. he says that halcon is most UNLIKELY to reopen soon as there is a military operation going on. there are so many nice people around. same goes with mt. malasimbo, he advised me to postpone my trip there. safety first guys! there is a line between being a daredevil and being stupid. i'll be keeping you posted.

Anonymous said...

@Krystin

thanks for the info and pls keep us updated for the reopening of Halcon..we are planning to climb this mountain as soon as it officially opens for mountaineers..

Anonymous said...

pwede na po bang akyatin ang mt. halcon? paki-sagot naman kung sino man ang nakaka-alam. salamat po

Krystin said...

hi, my dad who works for an LGU in oriental mindoro, just told me that halcon is now open. the mangyans had their ritual something already for this. i'll be in mindoro by april 23, but not to climb halcon yet. i'll personally check it out from the locals by then. i can't wait to climb the mountain!

gidyonder said...

hello krystin, i would be grateful if you can help us find a contact number for the LGU of baco or the tourism officer there so we get details re. halcon reopening. you can email me at gideon@pinioymountaineer.com. thanks!

Anonymous said...

is that true Mam Krystin??? Mt Halcon is now open??? if it is, i still have time to plan for a Mt. Halcon Climb this coming Holy Week.... Tara Na!

Anonymous said...

bukas na halcon matagal na...basta wag lang ipagsasabi.at me pipirmahan kang dokumento na di mo ipagsasabi yung akyat mo...meron ngayong aakyat dis week 5 groups..

Anonymous said...

sayang nmn at late ko n nalaman n open n pla ung mt. halcon..my nxt tym p nmn po ehhh..maraming salamat po pla s info mga sir. and ma'am

tem hernandez said...

hi, good day to all! dis is Tem, one of the founding members of Sialdang Mountaneering Club,Inc.
for those who wanted to or planning to climb Mt.Halcon in Oriental Mindoro, please coordinate to the proper authorities or to any local mountaneering group in the area or to Sialdang Mountaneers club president Mr. Dominic Ocampo for details and updates.....

" take nothing but pictures! "
" leave nothing but footprints! "
" kill nothing but time! "

Anonymous said...

matagal na tlagang bukas ang halcon.. sarado lang kc maraming ILLEGAL LOGGERS AND ILLEGAL MINERS... mas kumikita sila dun kesa sa mga mountaineers... totoo toh at sana ay ipost ito.. sa totoo lang wala namang damage iddulot umakyat ng bundok.. andun lang nmn tayo to challenge ourselves at ienjoy ang nature hindi para mamutol ng kahoy at magmina.. nakakainis lang at marmi pang proseso na kelangang daanan.. WALANG NAGMAMAY ARI NG BUNDOK. wag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan...

Anonymous said...

Sir. do you have any contact number for a local guide?

joy said...

question: if Halcon will be opening this year, till when?

jaymz said...

Mt. Halcon hike moratorium: Who really benefited?

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/12679/mt-halcon-hike-moratorium-who-really-benefited#_

CALAPAN CITY, Philippines—One rainy morning on the 27th of August this year, a group of outdoor enthusiasts from Calapan City went to Paitan, a barangay in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. They biked their way to the village before embarking on a trek in the hills of Sitio Bugnay.

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/files/2011/09/mt-halcon-1.jpg

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, they could not wait to see the pristine sceneries this side of Mount Halcon is famous for. It was supposed to be a relaxing journey despite the ruggedness and steepness of the terrain.

A brief rest—a pause perhaps.. “taking nothing but pictures, leaving nothing but footprints” while regaining lost energy amid a refreshing beauty of the surroundings.

But something caught their attention—felled trees, big and small. A few meters away, a group of indigenous Mangyans could be seen approaching. They were carrying huge sacks of charcoal on their back, crossing a makeshift bridge.

The scene looked surreal.

A brief chat with the natives revealed that the charcoal were to be sold to lowland markets. One of the hikers asked how much money they make from a sack of charcoal. The Mangyan smiled and answered, “One hundred 10 pesos.” The natives also warned them not to go further, saying they were not allowed to explore the area. They just ignored the warning.

It was a disquieting realization about the threats to Mount Halcon. Amidst global environmental changes, and the many laws, programs, protocols, moratoriums, etc. made to protect the environment, activities like this still occur.

In 2005, a five-year ban on climbing Mt. Halcon was imposed. The moratorium was supposedly meant to allow this already ecologically fragile mountain a time to regenerate.

But was it able to do so? Or the years that the mountaineers were barred from exploring Mt. Halcon could have been the time that destructive activities went unchecked?

Mt. Halcon is a precious wealth of Oriental Mindoro. It is an important natural resource and watershed for the province. It needs special protection.

(The author is the president of Halcon Mountaineers)

Anonymous said...

any updates to this mountain (HALCON)

drox said...

Pagbaha sa Mindoro dahil sa illegal logging/pag uuling sa mt. Halcon.

Anonymous said...

Mt. Halcon is open for climbing. Makikapag usap lang kau sa municipal hall for permit and guide...

Anonymous said...

sir, may contact po ba kayo kung sino pwede makausap about sa permit and guides? thanks...

Anonymous said...

good day sirs/mams, is Mt. Halcon open for climbing? anyone po na may contact kung saan pwede kumuha ng permit o guides? MARAMING SALAMAT PO..09205416974/alex/MIAMC

Anonymous said...

Grabe talaga ibang mountaineer.. Umakyat ng backdoor dto ngayong holyweek 2013.. Mga walang disiplina talaga

Anonymous said...

panalo ang mt. halcon,, close ang halcon,,,

Marvin Dela Cruz said...

magandang araw mga boss,

Meron po ba kayong natatagong itinerary diyan mula sa isla ng cebu city patungo sa isla ng mindoro, nais ko po sanang umakyat sa bundok halcon.,


Salamat

Anonymous said...

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