MT. MADJA-AS, the highest peak in the island of Panay, was first scaled by a team led by John M. Fortes of Philippine Airlines in January of 1977. In May of that year, Mt. Madja-as was assaulted by a group comprising of members of the Ilonggo Mountaineering Club, among others: the brothers Dodot and Vic Pison; Babes Galuego of the Provl. Governor's Office; Arch. Tony Sangrador; Pakit Mandar and Virgilio of the local DOT Office; and Negrense climber Ed Gatia.
The summit of Mt. Madja-as is 2,117 m above sea level. Its peak is always shrouded with clouds but the mountain can bee seen during clear weather and late afternoons. All year round Madja-as keeps its forest and vegetation evergreen with fourteen waterfalls around its base. Trekking to the summit one has to endure a 15-kilometer stony road leading up to a dry river bed; brave an improvised wooden and bamboo bridge over boulder-strewn river, hurdle numerous hills before reaching a village at its foot where the ascent actually starts; tightrope walk on a two-fool bridge floating on a sea of clouds; clamber up near-vertical slopes precariously holding on rocks, grasses and roots of trees on to more than a thousand feet above, contrive schemes like rubbing soap on pants, tucking in tobacco grains in socks to ward off leeches; be ready with a raincoat for heavy rains occurring anytime. A journey to the mountains of Madja-as is an experience, a beautiful mountain scenery, different species of flora and fauna, rare orchids, pitcher plants, wild herbs, wild deer and boar, cloud rat, a bonsai forest looking neatly trimmed, a lagoon, and a rainforest that provides Madja-as a weather of its own.
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1977|
|First successful climber(s):||Iloggo Mountaineer|
|Nearest major airport:||Caticlan (Boracay) Airport, AKLAN|
|Convenient Center:||Culasi, ANTIQUE|
Thanks to Hans Kianti for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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- Log #22296 - by Dennis S. Ella on Mar 02, 2012Our lean climbing party composed of Dennis Ella (me), Jeffrey Legaspi, Mariebelle Porras and Ernina Defino arrived on August 25, 2000 in the town of Culasi, Antique where we spent the night. The next...