When I climbed my first mountain in the year 2011, I made Mt. Apo, the highest in the country, my ultimate goal. Came January 2013, and that goal has already been achieved (hurrah, an account of my Mt. Apo adventure in this link). At first, I thought I would stop climbing after I reached the highest peak, but no, my love for the mountains did not end [will never end] there. Days after the success of that climb, I started to crave for more mountains. The notion "I've done the highest, what's stopping me from climbing the rest" simply gives me the morale, enough reason not to stop venturing into other Philippine mountains.
1. Mt. Iraya
It is my dream to reach the northernmost hikable mountain in the Philippines. But reaching it will not happen very soon as it is located in the province of Batanes, so remote and expensive.
Location: Batan Island, Batanes
Elevation: 1,009 masl
2. Mt. Mayon
I also dream of climbing the most perfect cone-shaped volcano in Albay. But again, this will not happen too soon because the local government temporarily closed the mountain for hiking. This is due to the recent volcanic activity that took 5 lives.
Elevation: 2,462 masl
3. Taal Volcano
So near to Manila yet I haven't been to the crater of the volcano believed to be the smallest in the world. Hopefully within the year, I would go to Batangas and see its crater up close.
Elevation: 311 masl
4. Bud Bongao
If there's a northernmost hikable mountain, then there must be a southernmost, of course. I would climb Bud Bungao once I set foot in the island province of Tawi-Tawi.
Location: Bongao Island, Tawi-Tawi
Elevation: 314 masl
5. Mt. Guiting Guiting
They say Mt. Guiting Guiting, aka G2, in the island of Sibuyan is every mountaineer's dream mountain. Its breath taking knife edge (and difficulty) could make a mountaineer fall into silence.
|Mt. Guiting Guiting (G2)|
Location: Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Elevation: 2,048 masl
6. Mt. Amuyao
I also wanted to climb this Cordillera mountain. A traverse from Barlig to Batad would be extremely awesome. Reaching the Rice Terraces of Batad (a UNESCO world heritage site) the hardest way is fun!
Location: Ifugao Province
Elevation: 2,702 masl
7. Mt. Banahaw
It's a holy mountain according to many, I wonder why. Mt. Banahaw, the highest mountain in CALABARZON has never failed to tickle curiosity in me. So I really wanted to climb it too. Unfortunately though, this mountain is closed to hiking as of the moment.
Location: Quezon Province
Elevation: 2,158 masl
8. Mt. Halcon
Knife edge, limatiks, wilderness of Mindoro Island, I want them all. I dream to climb Mt. Halcon in the future.
Location: Mindoro Oriental
Elevation 2,582 masl
There you go, my 8 dream climbs in the Philippines.