Nikko-Shirane & Tanigawa

Hiked Nikko-Shirane (Map #13) on January 2, 2020, Tanigawa (Map #16) on January 3, 2020 After climbing Ena in December 2019, I looked forward to more winter hiking. Winter hiking needs special attention compared to other seasons. First is gear - you need a lot more of it. Minimum gear includes the following (note that... Continue Reading →


Hiked on December 25, 2019 Map number 41 I don't have much experience for winter hikes, so I wanted to try an easier one to start. This area has gotten some snow around this time, but managed to miss most of the heavy snowfall. In the winter, I recommend tire chains and a 4x4 to... Continue Reading →

Amakazari, Hiuchi, Takatsuma

September 1-3, 2019 Amakazari, Hiuchi, Takatsuma (Map# 18) The Amakazari trailhead has a small restroom, car parking, and a place to set up a tent. The trail to the peak is easy to follow and should take about 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the peak. I brought a new water bladder that I haven't... Continue Reading →

Kyushu 2019

May 26 - June 2, 2019 Peaks: Kaimon (map #60), Kirishima (map #60), Aso*(map# 58), Sobo (map# 59), and Kuju (map# 59) The plan was that Joe and I would ride down to Osaka and take the ferry down to Shibushi, which is a small port town on the southeastern side of Kyushu. Then make... Continue Reading →

Mt. Yake/Mt. Ontake/Mt. Shiomi

Yake: Map number 38, hiked September 15, 2018 Ontake: Map number 40, hiked September 16, 2018 Shiomi: Map number 41, hiked September 17-18, 2018 The "official" plan was that I would hike Yake, Norikura, Ontake, Ena, and Shiomi over a 4 day period. In hindsight, maybe that plan was a little too ambitious. I drove... Continue Reading →

Mt. Tsurugi / Mt. Tateyama

Hiked September 27, 28, 29, 2018 Map number 37. You can also get map 36, which includes Goryu and Kashimayari, but you get less map detail than if you had 37. I drove to Ogizawa after work the night before and slept in my car at the free parking lot. The parking lot is close... Continue Reading →

Patagonia Down Sweater

Color: Distressed stripe/smolder blue Purchased: 7/2/2018 Price: On sale for $114 (normally $229) Specs: DWR finish 800-fill goose down Storm flap and zipper garage handwarmer zipper pockets internal zippered chest pocket that converts to stuffsack with a carabiner clip-in loop Elastic stays to secure bottom opening 371 g (13.1 oz) To be clear, I knew... Continue Reading →


Hiked October 7, 2018. map number 17 (but you could probably make do without and just use the map posted at the trailhead). This is a popular day hike and not too difficult. You should be able to complete it in about 5-6 hrs. I took my wife and son with me this time. The... Continue Reading →

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