Monday, August 16, 2010
Mt Fuji Climb
Sandwiches! I climbed Mt Fuji! And here is my certificate to prove it.
I can't say it was exactly 'easy'... But it was certainly amazing.
I took off on Saturday morning armed with my oxygen can, Japanese map and strange jelly sports 'drink' and up the mountain I headed.
Oh my! The Japanese have the best outfits - the mountain was dotted with bright colourful specks of flammable tracksuits!
No one really tells you, but it's actually a teeny bit tough trekking up in the freezing cold. It also rained on my way up and silly sandwich didn't pack a rain coat. It wasn't long before I started spotting climbers who were either breathing out of oxygen tanks or feeling poorly.
This poor lady threw up a moment after I took this photo :( poor petal!
After four hours of climbing, it's time to rest over night. And the accommodation half way up isn't exactly 'luxury'! ha ha! I have never ever slept in something quite like this. A giant communal bed with pillows the size of laptops, and one giant sleeping bad cover. The beds were triple stacked too so it was, well, let's use the word 'cosy' shall we? ;) For your own comfort, I'll leave out the 'bio' style toilet information, and get on with the trek!
So after a few hours sleep in said communal style beds, it was now time (4am) to rise and shine to continue the trek up to the top of the mountain. Everything that you have been through is worth it for the very moment of seeing the sunrise above the clouds from Mt Fuji! It was AMAZING!
There is nothing quite like being 3700m high and viewing the sunrise!
The other climbers LOVED it too, and in true Japanese style, a million photos were taken by all! The sound was beautiful too, people 'oooooooo'-ing each time the sun peeked out through a cloud. It was a little foggy unfortunately, so probably not the clearest of views :(
After reaching the top, I bought a can of hot green tea to drink with my salmon breakfast bento. It's not everyday that you get to eat breakfast at 3700m high on Mt Fuji!
If you ever have the chance, climbing Mt Fuji is an amazing thing to do. It's so rewarding! The mountain huts are open only two months a year during July and August. There is some more information here. Ah, well now it's back to hot Tokyo and getting some work done :(
Hope you had a lovely weekend!