One Man Walking

2008-05-04 To the hills!

May 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I’ve had a glorious day climbing Ishizuchi-san and I wish some of you could have been here to enjoy it with me. Maybe you wouldn’t have liked the 5:30am start, or the 1400m vertical gain, but you could have driven most of it like everyone else did and still gotten the views.

I’m so happy to have had some nice trail to walk on. Rolling Thunder let me know of the western route though he could also have been referring to one that comes from road 494. Parts were incredibly steep, parts were on horizontal ladders spanning gullies and rounding rocky outcrops and parts of it were (minor) snow crossings. All of it was great.
the path out of Omogo Valley

The last few hundred metres were metal staircases. At the top there was quite a big building through the windows of which I saw bunks. I had enough time to make it there yesterday, assuming my legs could have taken it, and a sunrise there will be something I’ll regret missing. I continued along the razor sharp ridge, vertical drop to the north, almost as steep to the south. Not many people know that I am terrified of heights. Well not heights as much as the ground accelerating up towards me at 10 meters per second per second as if I’d just fallen off a mountain. Why then do I walk, scramble and eventually crawl to the very edge of such mountains so often? Who knows, but I did it again today.
shrine on Ishizuchi-san summit

Back on a more solid setting I was out of water and too cheap to buy the ¥500 ($6.50 NZD) bottles at the top. I ate some clean snow on the way down and spent a while at the trailhead.

Soon afterwards I was lost in a bamboo forest, and when I found myself the going wasn’t much easier. For anyone considering Lonely Planet’s Hiking in Japan’s route from Tsuchi-goya to Yosakoi-toge I seriously recommend the road. It’s overgrown and a nightmare to get through. From Yosakoi-toge north to Shiraza-toge it’s fine, and that’s where I am now. It’s been sunny all day but clouds came in from the east so the peaks have been hidden from view. I’m hoping for a dry day tomorrow.

Word of the day: tow-re-mas = fall

Distance today: 21km

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 denis // May 9, 2008 at 5:47 am

    re: “As if I’d just fallen off a mountain”
    Do you mean like this? .
    Actually it’s not the acceleration that hurts, it’s the deceleration.

  • 2 Nana Craig // May 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Craig one would think the metal staircases would be ever
    so slippery – that was quite a steep climb – trust weather is kind for the next few days

  • 3 Peter A // May 12, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, photos keep getting more spectacularerer.

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