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No sooner had we returned to Kawaguchiko 5th station when we saw a bus leaving for the base, and with the next one a few hours later, we decided to make a run for it. Thus began the long trek home. Most of the rides remained the same, but we accidentally got on the local train, not the limited express, from Otsuki to Shinjuku, and were forced to ride the slow, painful route back to Tokyo, stopping ...
... up because it is really expensive on the mountain. I was probably carrying 40 lbs on my back, so not too bad. I think I've got my load out for this trip really well done. Anyway, the trail has a few switchbacks but it is really steep and goes pretty much directly up the mountain.
I stayed at a hut on the 8th station for half the night. It wasn't really worth it. It cost $65 and you get to sleep shoulder to shoulder with strangers and share the ...
... and was acting like a coiled spring. Due to this I was unable to sleep the entire day but I still managed to spend most of the day in bed, ensuring that I was expending little energy. 7 o'clock rolled around and it was time to head off to the train station in order to catch the bus to the start of the climb. I grabbed some snacks to have on the mountain, for some quick energy boosts, and sat waiting for the bus to arrive. The bus pulled into the 5th station bang on 9 ...
... is understandable.
We set off. Worryingly, there was a little rain in the air and light was fading fast. The latter was obviously to be expected, but it was still a little disconcerting. If you fall off the trail at this height it is fairly safe to say you can cancel any dinner plans you may have had.
The rain was really light to begin with (you know, that fine rain that soaks you through? :P) and it was really causing problems with visibility. ...
... Fuji walking sticks embossed with stamps from the stations on the route up.
Suddenly whoops and cheers erupted from outside ... it couldn't be... it was! A momentary golden split in the clouds with just the briefest of glimpses of the sunrise! While Howard returned back inside to try and keep warm, Tubbz and I stayed outside for about 20 minutes - elated and, every once in a while, managing to capture a clearing in the clouds, revealing just ...
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