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Climbing Mount Fuji,
Japan

Trek Travel Inspiration Sport
Les Globe-Trotters, June 30, 2009

"He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, one who does it twice is a fool." Japanese proverb


We are therefore of the Elders! Good wise, certainly, but with a good "Latin side." Mount Fuji can not climb that from 1 July to 31 August. We, we did a ... June 29 parties "just" for a closer look, we were embedded (with our consent!) By other Globe Trotters Europeans and North Americans in the Belle Aventure. With its 3776 meters, Mount Fuji (Fujisan) is the culmination of Japan. Located in a region where converge the Pacific tectonic plates, the Eurasian and Philippine, this perfectly conical mountain is an active volcano (though its last eruption dates from 1707). Since 2013, it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the title "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration." Several trails lead to the summit. Throughout, 10 relay huts follow regularly, the first being at its base and tenth at the top. The fifth station, from where we start, is located 2305 meters above sea level; what makes us ultimately "only" 1,500 meters to climb. The ascent did not seem complicated, but we're used to trekker in altitude; these two points should be considered for those who do not have the habit. Since we were out of season, no one on the trail, no traffic jams as may be the case in July / August ... magical atmosphere of the world only on the slopes of Mt Fuji. Night fell, and the icy road forced us to stop for the night in the shelter of the penultimate station where we dined there with men preparing for the season. Nice evening local company some 3500m above sea level ... On the menu miso soup and ramen while the sun by lying us a beautiful sight!.

Ascension du Mont Fuji, Japon
Au dessus des nuages et dans la neige - Mont Fuji 3776m, Japon
After a few hours of sleep, with snoring and cold bonus, we were driving to the sunrise at the top of Mt Fuji. 300m of elevation gain in the mirror, before passing the last torii and admire a sea of clouds rosy colors. Wonderful and quiet show where fog tickles our faces. The descent was another style. To go faster, we used our butts, and we took the first meters on the buttocks. Funny at first because very steep (nice this session sledding on the slopes of Mt Fuji!), Exhausting at the end; we again became bipedal. At that time, we have experienced a math problem: a slight change of path (and therefore apex angle), made us get far from our starting point. This has earned us over 1hr hike through the forest. Another beautiful experience of life!

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