Ascent of Mount Pulag on 2015-11-08

Climber: Jason Cruz

Date:Sunday, November 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pulag
    Elevation:9587 ft / 2922 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Pulag has a reputation for being "a beginner's mountain", but this does not mean you should take this mountain lightly. Is it worth climbing? ABSOLUTELY.

I climbed this via the easier and shorter Ambangeg Trail. This one is a straightforward hike/climb through an established trail all the way up to the summit. I stayed at a homestay with a team since Camps 1 and 2 (on the way up) were packed. From the jump-off point at the Ranger Station, the climb should take under five hours. I highly recommend leaving between 1200H to 0100H, to make sure you'll have a nice sunrise spot at the summit.

The summit is rather small, so to get a nice picture of the "sea of clouds" you can descend a bit, or head over to Peak 2, about 10 minutes' walk away.

My biggest piece of advice would be to respect the mountain. "Doable for beginners" doesn't mean climbing it wearing gym trainers, or just bringing a hoodie. A summit is pointless if you're so miserable you're not enjoying the view (our summit attempt weather was 10C + winds). Bring a good fleece, don't forger your base layers, and a wind- and rain-proof raincoat. A poncho can be torn off you by the winds. Gloves and a hat help a lot. Also, do all personal bathroom breaks from Camp 2 or before; it'll be impossible to do so at the summit.

Take photos, but after a few shots, I recommend putting your camera away and simply enjoying the fantastic view.

P.S. Pick up litter when you can, so we can do our part to protect this Filipino heritage.
P.P.S. More photos at
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Guide, Hut Camp, Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Days 

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