Sunday, March 31, 2013

5 Peaks in 1 Summer Climb Festival 2013

Runners who are looking for extra challenging events this summer can opt to participate in the Five Peaks in One Summer Climb Festival, a month-long climbfest in Albay province in the Bicol region organized as part of the summer-time Daragang  Magayon Festival.

Organizers said the sporting event offers climbs to Mayon Volcano, Albay’s main tourist icon, as well as Mounts Malinao, Masaraga, Manaet, and Manito.

Although the Mt. Manaet climb set last March 27-28 is finished and the Mt. Malinao event will be held almost a day after this posting on April 1-3, runners can still opt to particiapte in the Mt. Masaraga  on April 5-6; and Mt. Manito, April 12-14.

Adventure concludes on April 19-21 with the ascent to the legendary 2,463-meter Mayon Volcano, one of the most challenging climbs in the Philippines.

Mt. Mayon Climb which is limited to 25 participants.
All climbs are open to an unlimited number of mountaineers except fot he Mayon Volcano event.

Albay governor Joey Salceda said that the annual event showcases the natural allure of the province, as well as its potential for extreme adventure sports tourism.

Situated in Malinao town is Mt. Malinao which rises 1,584 meters above sea level, while Mt. Masaraga in Ligao City has an elevation of 1,328 meters.

Mt. Manaet in Bacacay town overlooks a rolling terrain at the eastern slope of Mayon Volcano near the Pacific seaboard, while Mt. Manito is at the coastal town of Manito in Albay’s south easternmost part near Sorsogon province.

The climb to the summit of Mt. Mayon, meanwhile, will have a limited number of participant. Twenty-five climbers are only allowed for the climb.

In a related development, Albay will also be holding the 80-kilometer Mayon 360 Ultramarathon which will take runners around the base of the volcano. Now on its third year, the run is expected to draw international participants, especially the Kenyan defending champions who have ruled the tourney for two successive years,

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