Outlaw Guides Fleecing Naive ClimbersBy Michael Frank on November 9th, 2012
Portions of Mount Banahaw, a popular hiking and mountaineering destination on the Philippine island of Luzon, have been off-limits to visitors since 2004, when the government ruled that slash-and-burn farming had left the peak too susceptible to erosion, landslides, and flashfloods. But crafty dirtbag outfitters are sneaking clients onto the 7,119-foot volcano illegally under the guise of park clean-up trips. “[The] pseudo-mountaineer groups charge [$37] per person in exchange for unhampered access and camping inside the area of Banahaw de Dolores,” park superintendent Sally Pangan said. The way these outfitters are luring perspective clients? Facebook posts promising a day or two of camping for those willing to help spruce up the park. Officials have launched an investigation. “We will arrest any intruders,” Pangan warned. Okay then. Via Inquirer News.
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