Cantabaco, Toledo City, Cebu
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A lot of the info for many of the area pages comes from Climb Philippines. Climb Philippines Their information is shared on Mountain Project with their permission.
Welcome to the Jungle!! If you are looking to maximize your fun for the $$$ this is the place for it!! The rock is literally 5 min from the road. Look for a small road off the main highway through town. It is across the street from a double gate that leads to a small cluster of houses.
As soon as you start walking down the trail veer right, and you will cross over a bamboo bridge. You can see the cement steps on the far bank of the river.
Trail to the river crossing.
After crossing the bridge, immediately turn left and keep following the river. As the jungle thickens you will pass a small house on the right where you sign in and leave 5 pesos (guidebook is here). Cross another small bamboo bridge and follow the trail. Turn right before a small gazebo and you will run into the most amazing limestone cliff. You will arrive at the left end of the crag. The crag is divided into five areas. As you move right along the crag, the routes tend to increase in difficulty.
When climbing and belaying you will be in the shade!! The limestone is fantastic!! There is fun for everyone no matter if they are a beginner or a hardcore master of stone. The area is mostly sport climbing but there are cracks and pockets that will take protection. Crimping, Cranking, Smearing, Tuffas, wide cracks, finger pockets of all sizes whatever your fetish it's here. If you are looking for first ascents you are in luck!! There are about 60 routes on the walls and plenty of space for more! Ratings range from 5.8 to 5.14.
In addition there are several caves nearby to Explore (local climber Willard Elmino can guide you). Deep Water Soloing is just a drive to the coast which also gives you the opportunity to SCUBA dive! Add it all up and this is one of the most affordable adventure destinations in the world!! You can find local guides Raymond Daculan and Enie Yonson on Facebook.
Manila to Cebu: Take a plane to the province of Cebu from NAIA Terminal 3 or 4 (depending upon your airline), Manila. Direct flights to Cebu are also available from Hong Kong.
Mactan Cebu International Airport (Lapu-Lapu City) to Cantabaco: Outside the departure area of Mactan Airport, hire a taxi to take you directly to Citilink Terminal (PHP 250-300 or USD 4–5. Note that these are the white taxis, not the yellow airport taxis that charge you a higher rate of PHP 300++). Just exit the terminal and walk a very short distance past the yellow taxis to find the cheaper white taxis.
Citilink Terminal is a small terminal for vans or “V-hires” that can take you to various points in Cebu. Ask for the one that goes to Lutopan and pay PHP 70 (about $1.75). The ride that lasts a little more than an hour will take you through the end of the polluted city highway to a zigzagging mountain pass, into the heart of the island. Tell the driver to let you off at Cantabaco’s Kapilya (chapel) and mention you’re climbing in Cantabaco. You can’t go wrong. Only a few V-hires operate in the area and they know these parts well.
Permits / Fees / Registration
Introduce yourself to local climbers Raymund Daculan, Jeane Boy Yonson, or Gian Yagonia. They’ll be glad to show you around. There’s a logbook for climbers at Nang Mameng’s house on the way to the crag after you cross the river (there is a rickety bamboo bridge, don’t worry). Sign up and pay PHP 5 to climb for the day.
Food and Accomodation
Breakfast at your local “carinderia” (equivalent to a house porch or frontage converted into a canteen by setting up a serving counter, portable tables and chairs) is probably the best and most convenient. Just walk down the main road, point to your preferred viand, and sit where there is space. If your preferred dish is not part of the daily fare, you can prearrange a menu by giving instructions the night before. Whichever way, meals range from PHP 40– 70.
If you prefer a simple cup of coffee and pastry, catch the delivery van of bread that passes early in the morning, or try the “puto” (local rice cake) sold down the highway heading to the crag. Julie's Bake Shop is also just a short walk down the main road from the trail to the crag.
Later in the day, other food options are available on the main road. Food stands are set up, serving grilled hotdog, pork barbecue, “isaw” (barbecued chicken intestines) and other barbecued chicken innards. These are all recommended and worth a try.
For accommodation, Father Russell’s house is the climbers’ top pick. It has its own shower, dining area with kitchen sink and refrigerator, a very nice porch to hang out on, and can accommodate a group as large as 10 to 12. Alternatively, there are 4–5 smaller rooms to the side of the priest’s house. Each room has an electric fan and is good for 3–4 persons, with a common outhouse across the chicken pen area. This house is located very close to the chapel. Just walk down the alley to the left of the chapel and Father Russell's house behind the house that fronts on the main road.
Sometimes, even local residents take in visitors. This usually happens when there is a big number of climbers coming in for rock trips (late October to early November). A night’s stay in any one of the places costs PHP 150.
The last alternative is Springpark Mountain Resort, just a 2 minute walk down the road. Rooms can range from PHP 100 and up depending on the room. I would recommend asking to see the room before you agree on a price to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. Springpark could be a great place, but it appears that the resort suffers from a general lack of maintenance. Our room had a shower but the shower head did not work so we washed with a bucket. But for the price it was a pretty good deal. They also serve a few snacks and decently priced food. Their big bonus is they have a pool. You can call the resident manager, Sam Mapeso on his cell at 0929 571 1358 if needed.
Price list for Springpark
Bring in at least a rack of 16 draws for the long routes plus your usual sport climbing gear. A 60 meter rope is needed for the longer routes.
A mosquito repellent can also be quite handy. Watch out for ants before you set your stuff down at the base of the cliff. There are water pipes at the base of the crag. They supply water to the people in town. Don't walk on the pipes!
Exchange for Philippine pesos while in the city. Banks open 9:00 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. Money changers can also be found in malls, but banks usually offer better rates.
English is spoken almost anywhere.
A trip to the Philippines is cheap. If you plan, you can probably go to all areas in a month or a month and half. But that doesn't mean you’ll get enough of the climbing. 360.io/2K4Eqd
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By Frances Fierst
From: Munchweiler, Germany
Oct 28, 2012
There is an annual climbing fest here every year over the Nov 1st all Soul's Holiday called Lust for Lime. 2012 is the 8th annual Fest. Here is the info for the 2012 event:
Google Lust for Lime if you want to join in future years.
By Eric Coffman
Nov 2, 2012
Here is the original description I wrote when I added Cantabaco as an area on mountainproject.
Welcome to the Jungle!! If you are looking to maximize your fun for the $$$ this is the place for it!! The rock is literally 5 min from the road. As soon as you start walking you will come to a bamboo bridge after crossing immediately turn left. As the jungle thickens you will pass a small hut on the right where you sign in and leave 5 pesos (guidebook is here).Cross another bamboo bridge and follow the trail to the right and your at the most amazing limestone cliff. When climbing and belaying you will be in the shade!! The limestone is fantastic!! There is fun for everyone no matter if they are a beginner or a hardcore master of stone. The area is mostly sport climbing but there are cracks and pockets that will take protection.Crimping, Cranking, Smearing, Tuffas, wide cracks,finger pockets of all sizes whatever your fetish it's here. If you are looking for first ascents you are in luck!! There are about 60 routes on the walls and plenty of space for more! In addition there are several caves nearby to Explore (local climber Willard Elmino can guide you). Deep Water Soloing is just a drive to the coast wich also gives you the opportunity to SCUBA dive! Add it all up and this is one of the most affordable adventure destinations in the world!! You can find local guides Raymond Daculan and Enie Yonson on facebook.
From Lapu Lapu airport take a v-hire or a bus for about $2 (convert your cash to pesos at the airport) to Lutopan. Once in Lutopan ask the locals how to get to Cantabaco wich is a short 30 min hike or 2 min ride away. The guides Raymond Daculan and Enie Yonson are very friendly as well as knowledgeable. The local climbers will help you find a place to stay whether you are looking for a bed and breakfast, to camp, or to dirtbag!
Please keep this as I am the one who has taken the time to add this area and it was done well enough that Rajiv wanted to visit. I also have several other people who have contacted me from various climbing websites as I have promoted Cantabaco as a climbing area.
I don't like being associated with plagiarism.
Sincerely, Eric Coffman
By Frances Fierst
From: Munchweiler, Germany
Nov 4, 2012
On the main Philippines page, I posted the following: "Please contact me if you would like to add anything to any of the Philippines sections. The vast majority of the information posted comes from climbphilippines.com. The credit goes to them. They have given me permission to repost their information on Mountain Project."
Your description was not replaced, it was modified based on information I was given by other climbers. The information you provided was very helpful, but not comprehensive and it was not always correct. Therefore, some text was added/modified/deleted, but your description was not removed.
As an example, you say, "From Lapu Lapu airport take a v-hire or a bus for about $2 (convert your cash to pesos at the airport) to Lutopan." V-hires to Lutopan are not available at the airport. In order to catch a V-hire, you have to get to City Link in Cebu City which is about a 45 minute cab ride from the airport.
Your text also tells people to take the V-hire all the way to Lutopan. "Once in Lutopan ask the locals how to get to Cantabaco wich is a short 30 min hike or 2 min ride away." Actually, the route taken to Lutopan by the V-hires passes through Cantabaco. All you have to do is ask the driver to let you off in town and they will drop you at the chapel. You can see the crag immediately when you look across the road from the chapel.
Changes to the description were made to clarify information such as the examples cited above. I also posted information from Climb Philippines (with their permission) that provided information about food and lodging options in town since most visitors would like to know this information as well when planning a trip to this area.
The info from Climb Philippines has been reposted on Mountain Project for all areas (not just Cantabaco) with their permission.
By Eric Coffman
Nov 6, 2012
Thanks for the clarification Frances. However my description beginning with "Welcome to the jungle..." was removed. I went back in deleted all the stuff not relevant and re-posted this section. I don't care about notifying anyone I just didn't want people to think that I posted it directly from climbphilippines.com because I didn't have permission and it appeared as if I was the person who posted it. I am in agreement with you since you have their permission to post their description. I want as many people as possible to visit and experience the Philippine climbing destinations and people. Thanks Eric