Manaphag Summit Log (#22297)
- Signed By: Dennis S. Ella
- Date Submitted: March 06, 2012
- Date(s) climbed: April 13, 2001
- Number of People Encountered: 11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Our 6-member climbing party composed of Dennis Ella (Climb Leader), Pedro Palabrica, Mariebelle Porras, Socorro Belgira, Ernina Defino and Edna Marcasote arrived in Tambaliza, a barangay (village) in Pan de Azucar Is., off the coast of Iloilo on April 12, 2001.
The next day, we set out for the ascent of the peak with Dagul Atanoso as guide and Rolly Valderrama as porter. Our chosen route of ascent - the trail-less South Face. We spent six hours of climbing, mostly scrambling, excluding periods for respites and lunch, to reach the summit. At one point, we needed to lash a rope to aid us in hurdling a vertical section.
We scrimped on water while we spent a night camp on the summit which has no source of water anywhere near around it. Most Manaphag climbs do away with a summit camp and one exception was probably carried out by a CPU Mountaineering Club party who claimed to have done it in the 1980s.
We utilized the Ponting Trail, the only summit trail, in the northern side of the mountain. More than 15 day climbers used it the previous day, leaving us a slippery trail and few effective handholds to rely on. The stems, roots and rocks, particularly in the 80-degree section were all wasted.
Our party reached Tambaliza in the afternoon to complete a North-South traverse through the Manaphag summit.