February 29, 2024

A new rock climbing site that has the potential to be an adventure hub for rock climbers is being developed in Tublay, Benguet.

The Philippine Bolting Team led by Mackie Makinano in partnership with the Benguet Rock Climbing Community headed by Rhei Salvilla has recently put up climbing routes at the site. 

In his Facebook post, Makinano said they have bolted nine routes with potential of multi-pitch or one or two stops while ascending. He did not disclose where the site is pending development of the area.

He said the area, which is a private property, has an elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level with zero visibility where climbing is normal with the belayer. With the thick fog covering the site, climbers will sometimes not see each other.

“When there is a clearing, the climber would feel the exposure of the height of the walls. An exciting new atmosphere to climb on,” Makinano said.

The rock features of the site are mostly slab climbing with areas of vertical and overhanging walls. He said that it is made out of volcanic rocks, which is unique as most of the walls they have developed consists of limestone.

“Looking forward to the next weather as a window for the team to continue the bolting project. To continue the development, we are still accepting donations for bolting expenses such as bolts, hangers, top anchors, food, and transportation,” Makinano said.

Those interested to support the group in its endeavor may contact Salvilla at 0916-622-2705.

Meanwhile, the successful staging of the 15th Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) Luzon Summit was attended by 300 delegates from Luzon to Mindanao in Ambongdolan, Tublay.

The delegates hiked and camped at Mt. Pokgong, explored the caves of Paterno and Bengaongao, swam at the Bayokbok Falls and enjoyed the rockclimbing site at the Ahonda Rocks. – Ofelia C. Empian