Participants to Mt. Apo trek limited

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Monday, March 30, 2015

PARTICIPANTS to the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge will be limited to ensure the 250 people per trail requirement on the country's highest peak is strictly followed.

Sta. Cruz Tourism Officer Julius Paner said 70 climbers from 40 teams have signed for the event on April 25-26.

"We have to follow the limit of 250, that's all we can do because we cannot afford to sacrifice the environment just for this eco-tourism activity," Paner said.


He said the Protected Area Management Board limits the number of climbers especially during the Holy Week, the peak season for climbing the mountain.

Now on its eighth year, the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge is one of the activities lined up for the Visit Davao Fun Sale 2015.

It is a 24-hour extreme adventure race featuring biking, trekking, water tubing and running from Sta. Cruz all the way to the summit of Mt. Apo.

Paner said four foreign teams have confirmed their participation, two from Australia, and one each from the United States and Kenya.

After the event, 100 people will return the mountain to collect trash left by the participants, Paner said. (KGL)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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