By: Ritchel C. Cahilig
More than the famous powdery white sand beach of Boracay Island, many parts of Aklan remain hidden and untouched. The province of Aklan, particularly the towns of Libacao and Madalag, is home to numerous unexplored mountain ranges; a potential mountaineering destination in the country. The highest mountain in Aklan, Mt. Nausan (locals call it Mt. Maylomay), has just been explored by AMSI (Antique Mountaineering Society Inc.) in May. Mount Nausan is 1,464 MASL. It’s summit is located in Panipiason, Madalag, Aklan and it’s ranges extend up to Oyang, Libacao, Aklan. Inspired by the exploration of AMSI in Mt. Nausang, Richard and I attempted a hike traversing Mt. Nausang from its ranges in Libacao, Aklan to it’s summit in Panipiason, Madalag and connect it to Mt. Madjaas in Antique. The hike was our personal endeavor, fuelled by our strong passion for exploration.
Our expedition didn’t go well as planned. We were unable to find a trail connecting Mt. Nausang and Mt. Madjaas. Due to terrain difficulty, we had to cross from Libacao to Madalag and hike Mt. Nausang in Panipiason side. After our descent, we continued our hike to Mt. Madjaas and descended in Osorio, Antique. After