Photo by Dennis S. Ella
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||Dumaguete Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental|
Mount Talinis, also known as Mount Cuernos de Negros, straddles over the towns of Valencia and Dauin, both in the province of Negros Oriental. It is the second highest mountain in Negros Is. after Canla-on Vol.
The Spanish phrase “cuernos de Negros” means “horns of Negros”. The “cuernos” refer to the two highest peaks of Talinis – the 1903-meter peak near Nailig Lake and 1700-meter peak near Yagumyum Lake.
Some mountaineers from the neighboring island of Cebu are credited for introducing mountaineering in Mount Talinis in the early 1980s. Founded in 1988, the Cuernos de Negros Mountaineering Club (CDNMC) which is based in Dumaguete City (the provincial capital) soon took the role as the leading exponent of mountaineering in Talinis.
With a wide swath of forest, four lakes and several “solfataras” including the famous Kaipohan, Mount Talinis is one of the most widely recognized mountains for mountaineers around the country. The Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) recognized its potentials by holding its annual climb in Mount Talinis in 1990.
There are two popular trails in Mount Talinis – the Bidiao Trail (Dauin) and Apolong Trail (Valencia). Nailig Lake could be reached in at least 5 hours from the Bidiao trail-head and an hour longer from the Apolong trail-head.
Most activities by mountaineers in Mount Talinis cover trekking and camping. Only a few are engaged in summit climbing. In fact, before 1999 there never was an extant trail to the Talinis summit from even the closest camp which is Nailig although there are rumors about the ascent of the summit by the Cebuano pioneers much earlier. On record, four members of CDNMC blazed a trail to the summit from Nailig in 1999.
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.