Puting Batu – an attempt on Samal’s highest point by scooter

Another natural high on Samal is Puting Batu, the highest mountain on the island. Neglected for too long by the SBK team, we finally decided in the best tradition of European explorers to assault the north face by an aging Honda XRM / Kymco Super8 combination.

First stop to admire the view back across the Penaplata Bay towards Punta del Sol and Davao City

First stop to admire the view back across the Penaplata Bay towards Punta del Sol and Davao City

The riders and their mounts...including a scooter with off-road tyres!

The riders and their mounts…including a scooter with off-road tyres!

End of the road for the two-wheeled assault! First I had to shed my pillion passenger, then the smell of burning rubber from the drive belt warned me that 40degrees was probably too steep for a city vehicle

End of the road for the two-wheeled assault! First I had to shed my pillion passenger, then the smell of burning rubber from the drive belt warned me that 40degrees was probably too steep for a city vehicle

So we parked the 'bikes at the home of a friendly farmer and...

So we parked the ‘bikes at the home of a friendly farmer and…

…in the best tradition of stiff-upper-lipped explorers

...continued our way on foot

…continued our way on foot

Some yard-long-leaves growing alongside the track

Some yard-long-leaves growing alongside the track

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Nearing the peak, the view NE towards Davao Oriental province

Nearing the peak, the view NE towards Davao Oriental province

Puting Batu peak this way

Puting Batu peak this way

After enduring endless minutes hacking our way through the tortuous jungle path we saw our first sign of having reached the top...

After enduring endless minutes hacking our way through the tortuous jungle path we had our first sign of having reached the top…

Literally a sign

Literally a sign

Emerging from the jungle onto the peak we found we were in Hobbitland. So the Filipino bearers immediately celebrated with a meal and drinks.

Emerging from the jungle onto the peak we found we were in Hobbitland. So the Filipino bearers immediately celebrated with a meal and drinks.

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Panoramic view south from the peak park

Panoramic view south from the peak park

A good place for a castle

A good place for a castle

A lost valley doubtless inhabited by dinosaurs and Kong-sized apes

A lost valley doubtless inhabited by dinosaurs and Kong-sized apes

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The expedition’s feeling of triumph vanished when we found the calling card of Captain Walter Snetterton

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4 thoughts on “Puting Batu – an attempt on Samal’s highest point by scooter

  1. Bravissimi!!!!!!!! What’s next: Mont Blanc. Mount Everest??

    Jacqueline & Alphonse Laurent Penaplata, Samal Island PH-9119 Davao Del Norte +63 999 663 4703 Senior Consultant The Bahay Kubo Restaurant & Bar Post-Addresse: Linmarr Towers Condominium Unit 603 Porras Street PH-8000 Davao City

    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:18:51 +0000 To: alphonse.laurent@hotmail.ch

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