Trips - Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo Climb Report - 1999by Alto Benedicto
The Kidapawan Tourism bureau was very helpful to the extent of photocopying the latest topo maps made by PNOC (as opposed to the 1950s topo map I bought from NAMRIA). They also provided (upon my paying a copying cost) another set of maps that show the various hiking trails. There are a lot more hiking trails than the seven I originally thought there were.
Even if one factor in the inherent SA error in GPS, the NAMRIA maps are grossly in error in estimating the position of Mt Apo (and I've used the Luzon Datum as written on the map). I intend to provide Kidapawan with the data I gather, after I've transferred it to the maps (will take a while because of my schedule).
I was fortunate to garner the services of the head of the
Mt Apo Climbing Guide to guide me to the mountaintop. The guide's sole
function is to show the route to the top, and cost is P300 (although negotiable).
The guide is college educated, knowledgeable on rescue techniques, and
on modern backpacking materials.
I find Lake Venado to be very nice, and early morning swim was very refreshing. I also loved the way the lake is nestled -- with one side against the mountain.
Overall, I'm impressed by the rescue team (about 30 people) from various trails. Also, the efforts made by the tourism bureau to preserve Apo. Having said that, I feel there is still room for improvement, and I'll make my feelings known when I send them the map, among them:
1. better trash collection, especially in Maiinit Hot SpringsI'll definitely recommend my friends to Mt Apo.
Alto Benedicto (email@example.com) is a biochemistry professor in San Jose, California.
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