Entry point: Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga
Exit point: Brgy. Juan Bano, Arayat, Pampanga
LLA: 15.2067N, 120.7441E, 1030 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5 hours (NP) 8 hours (SP)
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4 (10kms)
0700 Take Olongapo-bound bus and get off at San Fernando, Pampanga
0900 ETA San Fernando, take jeep to Magalang town
0930 At Magalang, take trike to jump-off point in Brgy. Ayala
1000 ETA Brgy. Ayala; Start trek
1600 ETA North Peak (Peak 1); Set up camp at Tower grounds
0600 Wake up call
0700 Start traverse to South Peak via Ridgeline
1000 ETA South Peak (Peak 2); Visit Viewdeck. Lunch.
1200 Start Descent
1430 ETA National Park; Bathe at the natural pools
1500 Head back to Manila or to Angeles City for Sidetrips
THINGS TO BRING:
- Water Container
- Personal ID for Military Clearance
- Stove & Cookset
- Mosquito Repellent (Off Lotion)
- 1/2 kl Rice
- Emergency Food
The popularity of traverses has not abated. As a trivia, there are even traverses for the three most difficult mountains in the country. A Mt. Guiting-Guiting Traverse has been done by at least three Filipino groups including that of Romi Garduce; A Mt. Halcon Traverse is said to be once a favorite of the AMCI; and a Mt. Mantalingajan traverse – virtually crossing the width of southern Palawan from Brooke’s Point to Rizal – has been reportedly done by a Japanese mountaineer a few years ago. Of course, one of our country’s great mountaineering feats was the Mt. Everest traverse done by Noelle Wenceslao, Janet Belarmino, and Karina Dayondon in 2007.
Closer to home we have a traverse of Mt. Makiling from Sto. Tomas to Los Banos. Its northern counterpart is a traverse of Mt. Arayat from Magalang, Pampanga to the more popular trail down Arayat Ecological Park in Arayat town. This traverse, with its difficulty comparable with that of a Maktrav, takes you to the two peaks of Mt. Arayat: North Peak (Peak 1; 1030 MASL) and South Peak (Peak 2; 1008 MASL). Between these peaks is a ridgeline where much of the difficulty of the traverse lies. After 3 hours, its back to the familiar, forested Peak 2 of Mt. Arayat.
At the North Peak, which serves as the campsite of an overnight traverse, the view is 270 degrees, and encompasses the Central provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Bataan. The landmark here is the police outpost / tower. On the other hand, there is a viewdeck near the South Peak where a more southern view may be seen. Between these two peaks stand the major geographic feature of the mountain – the ‘White Rock’ which is visible from Magalang and other towns in Pampanga. Legend has it that this stone was hurled by the mythical personification of Mt. Pinatubo.
*Observe Basic Mountaineering Course… Please put all candy wrapper/chocolate wrapper/cigarette butt in your packet during trek… LEAVE NO TRACE!
***Extracted from Relax Extremely Daring Mountaineers Archives