Trip Report
CANTABACO PHILIPINES CLIMBING & GIVING!!!
Wednesday January 30, 2013 6:48am
Here is a group of climbers from Camp Siete (camp seven). The town was the last village occupied by the Japanese in WWII. It is a short 10-15 minute motorcycle ride from Cantabaco. All of the gear used in these photos except the orange rope were made possible by your donations. All of the kids leading are avid climbers who had to borrow gear (and hope that it wasn't being used) before. There are several beginners who had a great time experiencing climbing for the first time and may become climbing junkies. The area where the photos were taken is called Area 5 it is part of the large limestone formation but it is a 3-5 minute steep hike to get up to this area. Area 5 is characterized by high quality LONG routes. There are no beginning climbs here the easiest route is 5.11a. It is a very good area to push yourself because their is not much protruding rock to hit! Enjoy...





Here I am with Boybi he is one of the route setters and was getting re...
Here I am with Boybi he is one of the route setters and was getting ready to do a route called Jack Sparrow 5.14a it is a local testpiece and has been completed by only 3 climbers since it was put up 4 years ago.
Credit: mountainlion
Here is Jheryl climbing Never Ending Story 5.12a the longest route at ...
Here is Jheryl climbing Never Ending Story 5.12a the longest route at Cantabaco! She can now climb as a team with her sister thanks to the new 50 meter sterling rope that was donated!
Credit: mountainlion
This is Jano leading one of the best 5.11a routes I've ever done. All ...
This is Jano leading one of the best 5.11a routes I've ever done. All of the gear being used in this photo was made possible by your donations!
Credit: mountainlion
this is the boulder start to Vina Kulafu 5.11a did I mention Jano is 1...
this is the boulder start to Vina Kulafu 5.11a did I mention Jano is 12 years old!! Shortly after this photo he lost an eye to a fireworks accident on Christmas Day--the climbing community here has rallied around him and I think his future is very bright!
Credit: mountainlion
Jano nearing the top
Jano nearing the top
Credit: mountainlion
Jano after finishing the route. His friend JD is up next, the older gu...
Jano after finishing the route. His friend JD is up next, the older guy is Willard who is a cave guide (Jano is also) and the leader of their group from Campo Siete (camp 7 is the name of their village).
Credit: mountainlion
JD getting started on Vina Kulafu 5.11 JD just is a teenager who didn'...
JD getting started on Vina Kulafu 5.11 JD just is a teenager who didn't have shoes, harness, belay device before you all gave him the gear...he did have the desire to climb though!
Credit: mountainlion
JD nearing the first clip on Vina Kulafu it is pretty high off the dec...
JD nearing the first clip on Vina Kulafu it is pretty high off the deck!
Credit: mountainlion
This is Willard's son Milky he is 15 and cranks pretty hard.  Willard ...
This is Willard's son Milky he is 15 and cranks pretty hard. Willard and Milky are a father/son climbing team and the Campo Siete climbing leaders.
Credit: mountainlion
Here Willard is letting a co-worker try climbing for the first time. Y...
Here Willard is letting a co-worker try climbing for the first time. Your never to young to give climbing a shot!!

Credit: mountainlion

Girls are welcome to climb also even though these teenage boys are to ...
Girls are welcome to climb also even though these teenage boys are to shy to approach and help her!
Credit: mountainlion
this is the gear donated to Campo Siete's climbing group. Muchas Graci...
this is the gear donated to Campo Siete's climbing group. Muchas Gracias!
Credit: mountainlion


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mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Author's Reply  Jan 30, 2013 - 07:03am PT
sorry it seems that a photo or two didn't load...I will try to get them posted ASAP.



fixed it...
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Jan 30, 2013 - 07:58am PT
What a spectacular thing to do! Good for you!

That rock has some cool features...looks like fun climbing.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jan 30, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Looks sweet! I have a pkg. to send......let me know how to do it, lost the previous info.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 30, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Gawd I miss the PI sometimes!!

Keep rawking guys and gals!!
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jan 30, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
stuff like this is pretty cool to see. kudos to you and all who have donated gear.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Jan 30, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
I was just thinking about you guys last night. Wondered how things were going.

So cool to see what hours of joy a little spare unused gear can bring.

Any more packages being lined up?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 30, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Who pays for the shipping if I donate some stuff?

I've got a good rope and some reasonable trad gear that could be fixed for pro, or whatever.....
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
  Jan 30, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Aloha from the Islands of Hawaii,
Thanks for a great share, I had the high school Fil-Am club doing a pot luck in my room when I read it so I showed them, thanks now I got 20 young kids wanting to learn how to climb, we enjoyed your fotos.

Is that on Cebu? My in laws were up north during the occupation and had some funny and very sad tales of what life was like then.

Mabuhay,
Will
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Jan 30, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Somethin happennin here....
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jan 31, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
Awesome stoke!!!!!!!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
  Jan 31, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
I would be glad to coordinate another box here in San Diego. I think someone in LA mentioned that they might sponsor a box, just depends where the gear is coming from. I can collect in San Diego, maybe meet up in JTree to collect gear. The gear goes via freight in a huge box for a flat rate of $75 dollars.

Thanks for posting the pics, very cool seeing the gear getting put to very good use.
mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Author's Reply  Feb 3, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
these are the pic only from my camera! my bag doesn't get touched so there are lots of pics to add from phones and cameras I will make an effort to post. Words can't express the happiness I feel!!!THANKS EVERBYODY!!!!!!!!!!!!
WillBi

Sport climber
beijing
  Feb 5, 2014 - 01:06am PT
What time of the year is the best time to visit this area?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Feb 5, 2014 - 03:23am PT
Radical!

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