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... part way around the mountain at about treeline. Then the uphill began, a bit disheartening since we could see the summit high above us before we even started up! A few sections were solid lava rock, but mostly we ascended loose gravel and steps, always with very well graded switchbacks. The sky clouded in and sometimes we were hiking in thick fog (actually nice in that it kept us cool!) A plethora of mountain huts along the way helped ...
... got to work that night :)
Unfortunately I was not able to make an pictures climbing up, it was just to dark. But it looked incredible, to see the clouds beneath you with the moon reflecting on it.The mountain just a shadow on each side of you, reminding you how steep it actually is.
There are a few platform's on the way to the top, to rest. However none of them have shelters, meaning you are the whole night exposed to ...
8 km walk from walk Magemo to Tsumago.
The guide book and the tourist information centre told me that it would take 3hours to walk it.
However I only had 2, as I got up way to late to actually do this walk. What can I say i did it in 1 1/2 hours :)
Rock'n Roll!!!! found the coolest little coffee shop in Tsumago.
... and victoriously returned from the 3,776 m (12,388 ft) top. We plan on making the climb, but logistically need to figure out a 20 hour babysitter first. I thought it'd be great to at least see the mountain and bring Will along too. Despite paying our respects at the Komitake shrine and asking for a wonderful day, things weren't going so great. The fog wasn't letting up, so there were no views to behold. I knew Will would want to walk at least part of the way which ...
... Just meant we were waiting in the freezing cold, huddled together for 3 hours before the sun came up. When it did, we were relieved a) because we saw a beautiful sunrise and b) because it meant we could start moving again and get feeling back to our hands and feet. Descended down the other side of the mountain, the Gotemba trail, which included a long run of volcanic ash. The ground was so loose it was literally possible to run down one third of the mountain as your feet sank into the ...