With an attempt to create a new Guinness World Record criterion on the “Most Number of Participants to Simultaneously Summit over 100 Peaks” in one country, this year’s National Freedom Climb has been the main course of almost all uniting Pinoy mountaineers. The event was organized by FIMO, Inc (Alliance of Filipino Mountaineers) in collaboration with various mountaineering organizations in the country. National Freedom Climb is an annual event which started 3 years ago and is scheduled in time with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day on the month of June. In each peak, the Philippine Flag is raised along with the singing of the National Anthem on the 12th of June at exactly 9A.M.
Aside from promoting nationalism, this uniting event also aims to encourage environmental awareness, preservation and protection, as well as camaraderie among individuals and mountaineering groups in which to achieve a greater good.
SOCKSARGEN has always been active in participating this event, boasting its beckoning irregular cone volcano, Mt. Matutum (2,293+ MASL). With DMC (Dolefil Mountaineering Club) as the partner organization, 3 courses were also made known to those who are attempting to conquer what was tagged to be the Mountain’s “Devil” Trail. These were Glandang Course (6-hr trek), Kyumang Course (8-hr trek), and the recently established Kinilis Course(4-hr trek). Mt. Matutum is a challenge for both new and frequent climbers due to its extreme cold environment and the lack of water source along the trail. Climbers should also expect heavy rains (which happens all year round) and strong winds at the peak. These conditions made Mt. Matutum a difficult mountain to climb.