Marapara West Peak
Photo by Dennis S. Ella
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||New Bacolod-Silay Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Silay City, Negros Occiental|
One of the minor peaks of Mount Mandalagan, Marapara West Peak is adjacent to the west of Marapara Peak. Between the two peaks is the narrow valley of Malisbog Creek that flows northward past Patag, the main mountaineering jump-off point in the mountain.
Marapara West Peak is an obscure peak even for mountaineers who frequent Patag. The known spot in the vicinity of this peak, apart from Marapara, is Sulfatara-Gamay, a place of fumaroles, situated in the Malisbog valley below west of Marapara summit. A two-hour trail leads to Sulfatara-Gamay from Patag.
Given its rugged ground and pungent smell of sulfur, Sulfatara-Gamay is not ideal for camping. However, in December 2000, the party of Dennis Ella set up camp in Sulfatara-Gamay, probably for the very first time for any mountaineering venture. Dennis Ella scaled the summit of Marapara West along the North Ridge from this camp.
In 2011, Dennis Ella led a scouting party from Tinagong Dagat, the popular lake situated to the south of Marapara, with the purpose of establishing another trail that would connect Tinagong Dagat and Patag. Passing over the summit of Marapara South Peak, this party west as far as the shallow gully south in the southern side of Marapara West Peak, about 50 meters short of the summit, before it turned its back for lack of time.
Thus far the 2000 and 2011 expeditions are the only known mountaineering ventures in Marapara West Peak, a humble summit with allures of its own. Scattered around the slopes of Marapara West are artifacts suspected to belong to World War II. Often shrouded in fog, the forest on its summit is wet and mossy although its forest floor receives must sunshine making its way through the thin canopy.
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.