Tingtingon Daku 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:||E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental|
Standing beside Tingtingon Daku Peak, Tingtingon Diotay Peak or Small Tingtingon is situated in the southeast side of Mount Silay. The two Tingtingon peaks in the east and Calaptan Peak in the west are the ends of the semi-circular ridge, the remnant of what once was the rim of the crater of the volcanic mountain. The eroded part of the crater rim in the south now is the outlet of several tributaries of West-bound Malogo River.
A logging road traverses the western sides of the Tingtingons that serves as a segment of the main logging road linking Barrio Gawahon in the far northwest and Sitio Tayap in the far southwest. Tayap is in the opposite or the Mount Mandalagan side of Malogo River. In the summer of 1998, a big trekking party followed the main logging road from Tayap to Gawahon and in August 1998 a 3-member trekking party replicated the trek, only in reverse order and with minor variations. So far these are the only known major mountaineering ventures in the Tingtingons by that time.
The Singarong Backpackers, a Victorias-based mountaineering club, started in 1998 the endeavor to climb the ten major peaks of Mount Silay and Tingtingon Diotay is one of two peaks this club has not yet climbed. In 2005, the club organized a climbing party to climb the Tingtingons. However, upon disembarking in Barrio Gawahon, the jump-off point, the party learned of the heightened insurgency alert in the Tingtingons, prompting the party to cancel the expedition at the last minute. Until the year 2011, the same insurgency-related concerns deter the club to tackle the Tingtingons.
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.