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Mt Halcon Lantuyan, Oriental Mindoro

Mt. Halcon is the quintessential mountaineer's mountain. If there is a local peak that could test the commitment and resolve of a climber, it would be the combination of Mt. Baco and Mt. Halcon. Every climber who wants to attempt the 8,482 foot (2586m) summit of Mt. Halcon must also traverse the upper flanks of the 8,161 foot (2488m) Mt. Baco. This climb is sort of a "double whammy", relentless climbing for four days is essential for a successful summit. The prize of course is the expansive island view atop Mt. Halcon. The trail passes through some of the most wonderful forest areas in the country and will run across numerous waterfalls, streams, and a big river called "Dulangan". A healthy amount of cardio-vascular fitness is necessary for this climb, and not to mention, a well-organized logistical plan will come in handy to ensure that food doesn't run out before the four days are up! If you want to get some of the load off your shoulders, you can get in touch with the Halcon Mountaineers (HALMS) in Calapan - they will gladly arrange for porters and guides. CAUTION : Climbing in the monsoon season poses serious threats to safety! Always make sure you inform the HALMS basecamp in Calapan before attempting a climb!

Ride a public bus to Batangas City, get off the bus inside the pier or boat terminal. Head off to the ticket counters and purchase tickets from the WG&A Supercat ferry service (250 pesos) bound for Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Alternatively, you can also ride the RORO craft, cheaper but they tend to be top-heavy, rusty, and very slow! Once in Calapan, hire a tricycle to take you to town (20 pesos). Proceed to the Halcon Mountaineers (HALMS) Basecamp Shop (the tricycle drivers usually know where it is) to get information about weather and trail conditions. From Calapan, you can hire a jeepney (about 1,000 pesos) to take you to the trailhead in Lantuyan or Baco, whichever way, all roads lead to Mt. Halcon!

CAUTION : Although we have taken steps to confirm the veracity of the content of this site, it is ALWAYS advisable to go with an organized group, WITH a knowledgeable guide. Furthermore, the information provided here is meant only to describe the general location of the area. YOU should take steps to confirm these facts and BE responsible enough to ENSURE your personal safety, SECURE all necessary logistics for this activity. These are inherently DANGEROUS activities, take all precautions!

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