Hiking maters #79: Behold, Tirad Peak!


I am pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Charity Climb on Tirad Pass also became the first major climb up the hitherto undocumented Tirad Peak, which we now know is 1388 MASL. On February 7, 2010 at around 0830H we reached the summit of the rocky peak, covered with golden grass, reminiscent of both Batulao and Pico de Loro, but far grander. A total of 38 climbers joined the assault.

This exploratory effort, made possible by the Municipality of Gregorio del Pilar whose tourism officers were very helpful, was the highlight of Day 2 of the 2nd Charity Climb. From the Tirad Pass Shrine where we had camped, we woke up very early to start the assault and nighttreked a substantial portion of the trail. It was, however, quite easy, with no significantly steep parts. But when the peak was finally at hand we were shocked by its suddenly imposing rise – a huge rock, pointing upwards, living up to its name ‘Tirad’, meaning sharp. Indeed this part of the trail was quite precarious: only 5-10 climbers at a time could ascend or descend from the very peak. And the ravines on both sides were deep.

Yet the rewards were truly grand, and the views unforgettable. I will write another blog post about the Charity Climb soon. In the meanwhile, let the pictures speak louder than my words. But before I end this post I would like to thank all the participants of this year’s Charity Climb. See you all in the trails! TIrad Pass, TIrad Peak, and all of you have made this climb a very special one.

PS: 1st and 2nd Charity Climb participants, please join the Charity Climb group on Facebook! Pictures of  climbs and announcements will be posted there. Pictures in this post are courtesy of Lalaine Hablado and Sir Martin Cortes. Thanks!

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6 Comments on "Hiking maters #79: Behold, Tirad Peak!"


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Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago

sir, xave hi i just wonder if you can email me the IT of your climb, sessionclimb@yahoo.com.ph

i will highly appreciate it, thank you for this informative website.

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Anonymous
8 years 4 months ago

mga sir kelan ung sked ng charity climb sa tirad if ever man kung meron?

melo 09178212381

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8 years 4 months ago

TIRAD PASS – TIRAD PEAK October 29- November 2, 2010

kudos Gideon for your helpful info about Tirad Peak,i finally had the chance to take on Tirad Pass and Tirad Peak, 30+ climbers ascended and only few summited the peak, i was the 1st one to summit the peak on that day, truly it was a very overwhelming feeling and the sense of freedom that i was on top of a mountain again, in addition to that being 1st to set foot on the peak of the 4th group who took on Tirad Peak.

xavier rancap
Never Stop Exploring

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My Most Memorable Hike! =]

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Anonymous
9 years 1 month ago

Oki Doc!

gilbert,