In the Philippines, hiking the major peaks of Mindanao is one of my priorities, and when I was informed by my good friend Mijan Pizarro, the Northern Mindanao explorer who now works with the DENR in Malaybalay, that it is now possible to climb Mt. Maagnaw, at 2742 MASL the eigth highest mountain in the Philippines, I immediately said yes and organized a trip to the mountain. Joining me were my hiking companion Jacob Sarreal, mountain guides Jhoc Nalda and Osep Reyes, and Red Valera.
We had lunch at the halfway water source, and eventually emerged into ridge. Had the skies been clear, we would have seen Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad, but we enjoyed the mossy forests despite the gloomy weather.
By 1630H, we reached the Langkayugan campsite (Camp 1) and set up camp here. We then prepared for a longer Day 2, where we would ascend up the massif of Mt. Maagnaw.
MT. MAAGNAW TRAVERSE (2012)
Hiking matters #303: Mt. Maagnaw Traverse, Day 1
Hiking matters #304: Mt. Maagnaw Traverse, Day 2
Hiking matters #305: Mt. Maagnaw Traverse, Day 3