Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Backtrack # 02: MT. MATUTUM AMYAK MALEH (March 2007)

With a height of 7,500 feet above sea level, Mount Matutum is the highest peak in South Cotabato area which can be scaled via the Municipalities of Tupi and Polomolok. This semi-cone mountain has a vertical gradient onward to the summit. Mt. Matutum is a technical mountain, with no water source at the peak. Before arriving at the jump off area, a huge pineapple plantation owned by DOLE Philippines is another attraction.

The Local Government of Tupi, South Cotabato is holding a yearly Linggo ng Mt. Matutum called Amyak Maleh, a conservation program of the mountain considering that it is a main watershed area supplying water to the SOCSSARGEN region. The 2007 version of Amyak Maleh had our club joining; with Chickay, Tateh and Papong backpacking this beautiful slice of Cotabato’s natural heritage on March 17-19, 2007.

The itinerary of our climb was bloody on the first day where we completed the assault in one day. Considering several psychological baggages being new in the area, I and Tateh had so much catching up to do with Papong and Chickay; both already second-timers in Matutum.

Nonetheless, the climb was pretty succesful although we experienced rainshowers in the evening and early morning of the second day.

Special thanks to the personnel of LGU Tupi (Maulvi, Nonoy and the rest of the group) who accommodated us during our stay there.

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