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 →

Arashima & Hakusan

October 19-22, 2018 Map Number 44 I decided to take a late season long ride out to Fukui Prefecture to hike Arashima and Hakusan, which are both about an hour outside of Fukui (city). My usual hiking and riding buddy was in the middle of practicing for an Aikido test, so I was soloing this... Continue Reading →

Scarpa R-Evolution Plus GTX

Purchased from Amazon on October 26, 2018 for $209.96 (on sale now for about $190). The difference between these and the non-plus version is that these have a full leather upper, and the others are suede/textile. I probably would have gotten the suede model, but the plus's were actually a little cheaper at that time... Continue Reading →

Mt. Tekari/Mt. Hijiri

Hiked August 17-19, 2018 Map Number 42 (Minami Alps, Southern Section) Duration:  2-3 days I hiked this with my friend, Joe. You could access Tekari and Hijiri from Hatanagi Dam Area (see Arakawa/Akaishi), but I opted to hike from a trailhead on the Iida, Japan side. The map is actually outdated because it shows a... Continue Reading →

Mt. Warusawa/Mt. Akaishi

Hiked August 2-4, 2018 Map number 42, Minami Alps, Southern Section Duration: 2-3 days There's no easy way around it. To do Warusawa (also known as Arakawa) and Akaishi, you have to take a Tokai Forest Corporation Shuttle Bus to the trailhead. Technically, you could avoid this, but you would have hike several days out... Continue Reading →

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