We all love natures but not all are outdoor lovers. I have so much passion in mountaineering since then. I summited the five highest mountains in the Philippines but I never stop climbing. I even keep participating several minor climbs especially in local outreach programs in Mindanao.
This time I’m going to introduce you a minor summit that would give you an itch. Yes an itch! especially to mountaineers out there. I agree that a mountaineer will always have their bucket list checked. They ignore none, considering fulfillment on their passion at the same time a hobby.
Mt. Kiyawa, a minor peak standing approximately 420 meters above the sea level recorded in my altimeter watch, it is located in Sta Maria, Davao Occidental in Mindanao, Philippines. A day hike treat that will give you a total view of nature landscape from seas to mountains.
At the top of it, offering you a 360 degree view of the town and neighboring Municipalities of Malita, Malalag, Sulop and Padada. And surprisingly, Mt Apo is visible on the other portion of the ridge depending on weather condition. The impression of mountain ridges will give you a total picturesque. Davao Gulf and its seascape are stunning, it is so relaxing and breathtaking.
What makes it more interesting, is the highest part of the mountain which is nestled by a Sto. Niño Shrine. A shrine that is purposely built to honor such patron saint. Locals are climbing during its feast to celebrate and in Lenten Season for pilgrimage. It was holiday when I climbed, I expected that there would be a lot of climbers going up, but adverse. I realized that this mountain is still thriving to get the attention of local mountaineers though it’s free of registration.
Going up, is really steep, the trail is mostly single tracks and with few cliff segments. It’s hot, and mostly covered with coconut trees, cogon grass and very less perennial trees. Consider it a direct assault in very shortest time of at least two hours. Anyway it all pays off when you get there.
It’s not advisable to bring a lot of stuffs, it’s a minor climb. Just enough food and drinks to sustain your stomach and to quench your thirst, but if you want an overnight camping do so, and make sure you have some local folks with you to ensure your safety.
Mt. Kiyawa is just reared Municipal Hall Building of Sta. Maria. There is only one suggested jump off site, and it’s only at the back of the municipal building. To reach Sta. Maria, simply take a bus from Davao City going to Sta. Maria then drop at their municipal hall. I suggest, start your hike earlier in the morning to prevent you from that scorching heat.
Don’t just live in any four corners or any perfect angles structures, go out and explore because life is amazing.