Gawahon Peak

Elevation (feet): 4,298
Elevation (meters): 1,310
Continent: Asia
Country: Philippines
Latitude: 10.778463
Longitude: 123.209567
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Volcanic status: Dormant
Nearest major airport: New Bacolod-Silay Airport
Convenient Center: Victorias City, Negros Occidental

Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for adding this peak.

Situated in the Central-West side of Mount Silay, Gawahon Peak has earned the earliest interest of mountaineers of the many spots in the mountain. At the lull of insurgency-related conflicts in the area in the late 1980s, hometown mountaineers began exploring the forest and waterfalls in the western side of the peak, an hour of trek from Barrio Gawahon (former site of Sawmill #7 of the logging concessionaire in the place).

Despite of a network of decaying logging roads around Gawahon, the forest surrounding it remains vibrant. Sustained by a high rate of rainfall, its forest is wet and mossy.

The Gawahon West Face, corrugated with talus and ravines, is an impregnable wall. It was only in 1997 when two mountaineers independently discovered the logging road on the Gawahon Northwest Ridge, providing a breach to the backcountry eastern side. This road ascends and levels in the lean northern side, just 150 meters below the summit, before descending in Ubak, the interior of the half-crater of Mount Silay.

In October 1998, two mountaineers finally scaled the Gawahon summit which cap the northern edge of a summit-ridgeline that extends as far South to the summit of Calaptan Peak. Five years later, Gawahon was scaled through the elusive West Face and in 2004 through the East Face. All these climbs were done in the method developed by the Singarong Backpackers the Nonguided Exploratory Climbing (trail-blazing ascent without aid of a local guide).

Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.