In this photo taken near the summit of Mt. Pulag, we see the three peaks of the Central Spine of the Cordilleras, straddling the towns of Buguias, Benguet and Hungduan, Ifugao: Mt. Abao, Mt. Kapiligan, and Mt. Napulauan. The interesting thing about these peaks is that all of them are above 2600 meters in elevation, and together, they form a ridge that can lead all the way from Buguias, Benguet to Hapao in Hungduan, Ifugao. Moreover, Mt. Kapiligan can possibly offer a northward connection to Sabangan and Bontoc via Mt. Kalawitan. Mt. Napulauan is a very popular hike and I’ve done a traverse of it in 2007, but I’ve never heard of a traverse through these three peaks. Truly this ‘triplet’ represents an explored but very exciting area in the Cordilleras!
‘Exploration notes’ will be a series of musings and ideas about exploration possibilities of Philippine trails and mountains.