Mountain News: Hiking advisory for the long weekend and updates

Although weather has improved and it may be possible to climb some mountains tomorrow, we are still NOT recommending hiking in the following mountain regions this long weekend:

Mt. Pulag: accessible but not advisable
We have been informed that at least two landslide-damaged parts of the Baguio-Bokod-Kabayan road, which services Mt. Pulag and Mt. Tabayoc, have been repaired. Hopefully, this will pave the way for the return of hikers who have been temporarily stranded in the National Park earlier this long weekend. Mereng Albas gives the latest weather: “Still raining and windy, especially in Babadak.”

Over 400 hikers aborted climbs in the Cordilleras
Based on the number of groups we were in touch with, as well as estimates by our contacts in Baguio City and in the Mt. Pulag National Park, we are estimating that at least 400 hikers went to the Cordilleras this long weekend and practically everyone aborted their climbs, in varying degrees. Most of them are either staying in Baguio City or have returned to Manila.
Dayhikes yesterday around Metro Manila: Rainy, muddy, windy
From the Facebook page, we received reports of hikers who pushed through with dayhikes around Manila yesterday (i.e. Pico de Loro, Maculot, Makiling). While there are no reports of injuries, they reported heavy rains and winds.

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