Mount Apo

September 16, 2010

Mount Apo is a huge solfataric potentially active stratovolcano on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Its name stands for “master” or “grandfather”. Apo is flat-topped, w/ three peaks, & is capped by a 500-metre-wide or 1,600 ft volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. It is a source of geothermal energy, but the date of its most recent eruption is unknown, & none are verified in historical times. Mount Apo is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines, and the summit is easy to reach. May 9, 1936 when Mount Apo was declared a national park by President Manuel L. Quezon. The mountain is home to over 270 bird species, w/ more than a hundred which are endemic. Although a declared National Park, the current climbing trails are littered with rubbish, opening paths for soil erosion across the already denuded mountain sides. Some mountain & social climbing groups conduct climbs after the main Easter climbing season to clean the affected areas.


The mountain’s altitude is about 2,954 metres/9,692 ft. It is the highest mountain in the country & overlooks Davao City-40 km northeast, Digos City-25 km southeast, & Kidapawan City-20 kilometres or 12 miles west. This majestic peak is one of the country’s most popular climbing destinations. Various sights include Lake Venado, one of the highest lakes in the Phils., and the old volcanic crater of Mt. Apo near its summit.

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