One Man Walking

2008-05-08 And up again

May 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I left the school grounds early and headed east. Where 439 branched off I sighed at the 18km I had until the pass. It took me all morning and wasn’t particularly interesting.

At the one-room coffee house at the pass I got the owner to confirm there was a trail leading to a pass that features right in the corner of my hiking map. I had guessed there would be but didn’t want to head out without checking. Passing the yellow bears-are-here sign I went straight up the ridge and above the treeline. Another great crest walk for me! Some parts involved pushing through waist high bamboo and doing the uphill makes it chest high and quite an effort. I almost got lost at Yahazu peak but a little back-tracking showed me a clear trail to the pass where I am camped. Next to another bear warning.
Would you?      There are bears 
I stood on the edge of the clearing listening to the forest. Woodpeckers pecking, birds singing and trees creaking in the wind. No growls yet but I doubt I’ll get much sleep tonight.

Word of the day: kuma = bear

Distance today: 33km
Yahazu peak 

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris ( // May 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t want to be alarmist, but you might want to get a small bear-bell to hang on your pack if you haven’t already – especially if you are pushing through dense undergrowth.

    They are pretty antisocial and the likelihood of coming across one is always low, and a lot lower this year since the awful cull in 2007, but if you let them know you are coming then your chances of surprising one will fall to zero.

    Failing a bell, any two pieces of metal banging together will do – a cup and spoon for example.

    Or in the worst case you can sing :-)

  • 2 Peter A // May 14, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Oh god! Don’t tell him to sing! They’ll attack him if they hear his singing voice. Just like any animal would; including humans.

    I suppose you could always try to suffocate them with a pillow if they do attack ;P

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