AMCI Mt. Halcon tips
Mt. Halcon is regarded as the toughest mountain to climb in the Philippines. Climbers who aspire to set foot on its 2,587-meter (8,448 feet) summit must trek through wild and rugged terrain. Its landscape is primeval- it is as if time has stood still in this mountain.
The starting point is barely 50 meters above sea level. One must first hurdle the 1,500-meter (4,900 feet) Mt. Dulangan (or Mt. Aplaya to some people). The trail then winds down to Dulangan River at 500 meters (1,600 feet) before climbing all the way to Sialdang, the summit of Mt. Halcon. Altogether the climb is equivalent to 4,580 meters (15,027 feet) which is longer than that to the summit of Mt. Everest from its base camp.
Below are the areas to be visited during the climb.
No doubt the physical aspect of the climb is daunting enough that many people dread climbing Mt. Halcon. The psychological aspect is as daunting. The climb is truly a body and mind thing. It has to be both because Mt. Halcon will mercilessly tax the body and mind. Definitely, one can't do without the other. Doing without the other spells certain defeat. A holistic approach must be followed. It is not enough to be in top physical shape. The mind has to be ready too. Mt. Halcon is a testament to this ideal.
For a 5-day itinerary, you need to plan 4 sets of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are plenty of water sources. Except for Camp 3, all other campsites are near a water source. Foods that require lots of water e.g., pasta, soup-based viands (Sinigang), etc. can be included in the group's meal plan. But be mindful of the spoilage rate of food.
Lunch should be prepared in the morning and packed individually. There should be minimal cooking during lunch break.
Dinner for DAY 3 should be easy to prepare. Remember that DAY 3 is the longest and toughest part of the climb.
Bring lots of trail food. Don't allow yourself to become hungry while on the trail. Snack frequently.
Don't forget to bring extra provision in case of emergency.
Check all equipment for defective parts. Have it repaired or replaced. Everyone should be familiar with the assembly and operation of tents, stoves and lamps.
Identify all the provision and equipment of the group. Prepare a load distribution chart outlining the load assignment of all group members for the duration of the climb. The load distribution solution should be equitable to all members of the group. Remember that fair distribution is not necessarily equal distribution.
The scribe should provide each member of the group with a load assignment checklist. This is most important for DAY 1 so that your group is assured that nothing is left behind.
At each campsite, make an inventory of the provisions and equipment. Adjust the load assignment as deemed necessary.
Patience and awareness of one another's strengths and weaknesses should be put forward by everyone. We should complement each other. The weakness of one person could be the strength of another.
Don't swear. Pack out what you pack in.
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