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Ascent of Mount Amuyao on 2016-05-14

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:18 people with The Air Up There group
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Amuyao
    Location:Philippines
    Elevation:8865 ft / 2702 m

Ascent Trip Report

This by most (and my) accounts is the tenth highest peak in the Philippines. The summit which has a few large towers sits within Ifugao Province, but the northern half of the massif lies within Mountain Province.
I went with The Air Up There group, led by TJ Rivera who grew up in the area. We did a 3 day 2 night S to N traverse, from Batad to Barlig. This is the reverse route as described in Gideon Lasco's comprehensive website. See http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2008/05/mt-amuyaotraverse.html

And he describes the mountain itself at
http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/11/mt-amuyao-2702.html

TJ charged each of the 18 members 3000 pesos, which covered the bus from Manila to Banaue, the chartered big Jeep to the start in Batad and from the end in Barlig, entrance fees, 2 guides for the 3 days, and the homestay fee to the Ifugao family whose houses we stayed in. We split food costs amongst 3 loosely knit food groups.

We met 8 PM Thursday eve at the bus terminal and began our backpack midmorning the next day at the saddle and end of the road before Batad.
It was a brief walk down a large trail to Batad which is well known as it is a World Heritage site with the rice terraces. Tourists look in awe at the hundred or so terraces they see from upper Batad. We, however, would see and walk thru hundreds and hundreds more as we ascended. The trail often is along the terrace wall itself, which can be quite daunting as one walks essentially on a foot wide trail on rocks implanted in dry mud. A slip here can be dangerous as you will either fall into soft mud if you're lucky or worse, fall anywhere from 10 feet to 40 feet onto rocks or mud. Day one was very long and the last few hours were spent walking in rain up and down a mossy forest. Fatigued, muddy bruised (and some hurt) we arrived at the small Ifugao village of Pat-Yay. 11.2 km See my photos at

https://www.facebook.com/dan.backster/media_set?set=a.1087111694684942.1073742034.100001583654194&type=3

Day 2 was easier but still involved a considerable elevation gain and by late afternoon we arrived at the summit, where we slept in the rustic climbers hut attached to a no longer used radio tower. 6.1 km NW

https://www.facebook.com/dan.backster/media_set?set=a.1105607189502059.1073742045.100001583654194&type=3

Day 3 we descended to the village of Barlig. The trail this day was in better shape as it is used by the people who service the 3 different tower complexes on the summit. It even had rustic log steps and ladders on the steeper sections. 4.1 km NW
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:13.3 mi / 21.4 km
    Grade/Class:class 1-3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Raining
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:10.7 mi / 17.3 km
    Route:Batad-Cambulo-Pat-Yay
    Time:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4.1 km
    Route:Tower trail
    Time:1 Days 



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