Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mt.mayon~ itenerary bicol

Mayon has had forty-seven eruptions in recorded history[citation needed]; the first recorded eruption was in 1616, the latest (prior to 2006) being a mild outpouring of lava in June 2001.

The most destructive eruption of Mayon occurred on February 1, 1814. Lava flowed but not as much compared to the 1766 eruption. Instead, the volcano was belching dark ash and eventually bombarding the town with tephra that buried the town of Cagsawa—only the bell tower of the town's church remained above the new surface. Trees were burned; rivers were certainly damaged. Proximate areas were also devastated by the eruption with ash accumulating to 9 m (30 ft) in depth. 2,200 Albay natives perished in what is considered as the most lethal eruption in Mayon's history.


Mayon Volcano's longest eruption occurred on June 23, 1897 which lasted for seven days of raining fire. Lava once again flowed down to the civilization. Seven miles eastward, the village of Boracay was buried 15 m (50 ft) beneath the lava. In Libog, 100 people were declared dead—incinerated by steam and falling debris or hot rocks. The other villages like San Roque, Misericordia and Santo NiƱo became deathtraps. Ash was carried in black clouds as far as 160 km (100 mi) from the catastrophic event. More than 400 persons were killed.Samuel Kneeland, a professor and a geologist had observed the volcanic activity five months before the eruption. Kneeland was amazed with the beauty of Mayon:


At night the scene was truly magnificent and unique. At the date of my visit the volcano had poured out...a stream of lava on the Legaspi side from the very summit. The viscid mass bubbled quietly but grandly, and overran the border of the crater, descending several hundred feet in a glowing wave, like red-hot iron. Gradually, fading as the upper surface cooled, it changed to a thousand sparkling rills among the crevices, and, as it passed beyond the line of complete vision behind the woods near the base, the fires twinkled like stars, or the scintillions of a dying conflagration. More than half of the mountain height was thus illuminated.

No casualties were recorded from the 1984 eruption after more than 73,000 people were evacuated from the danger zones as recommended by scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.Pyroclastic flows killed 77 people, mainly farmers, in Mayon’s last fatal eruption in 1993.


Climbing

DAY 1
0700 Breakfast at hotel.
0830 Make travel arrangements at hotel or take public bus from Legazpi to Mayon Resthouse.
0930 Arrive at Tabaco. Proceed to Mayon Resthouse.
1000 Make arrangements for accomodations at the resthouse.
1030 Register at PHIVOLCS as a precautionary measure.
1100 Spend the rest of the day picture-taking.

DAY 2
0500 Breakfast. Final check of supplies and equipment.
0600 Jump-off point at PHIVOLCS Station through tropical forest.
0800 Wade through sea of undulating talahib grass with razor-sharp edges.
1200 Arrive at Buang Gully. Gaze at magnificent panorama unfolding before you.
1215 Take left fork of the gully to reach the transition line at 1,921 m.
1315 Reach transition line, pitch camp and have lunch. Afternoon for rest, picture-taking and preparing for final ascent.

DAY 3
0600 Breakfast.
0700 Start off on rock scrambling to reach cliffs girdling Mayon.
0900 Scale cliff at 2,210 m and continue to summit over loose cinders and lava.
1100 Reach summit.
1130 Descend to camp.
1300 Lunch at a convenient spot along the way.
1330 Continue towards camp site.
1500 At camp, rest after exhilirating conquest of Mayon.

DAY 4
0600 Breakfast.
0700 Begin descent through Buang Gully and talahib area.
1000 Re-enter forest portion.
1100 Set foot on PHIVOLCS Station and report arrival.
1200 Lunch at resthouse. Prepare for departure.
1400 Return to Legazpi.



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