Hiking: Eboshidake and Nenjodake
Two litres of water wasn’t enough. Foolishly I left one litre back in the car for when we returned but should have taken it with me. There was a freshwater spring on the trail where I planned to top up but it was running dry despite plenty of rain in previous days. Even high up…
Hiking in the Minami Alps: Coffee at the Top
There’s a joke between a good friend and his brother regarding a hike they did in Colorado a few years ago. Early morning on a remote mountain, as they approached the summit they saw a trail runner come through the mist, he flies straight past them shouting “Coffee at the top!”
The trails are open and the longer hikes are possible again. Back in 2014 I hiked up Eboshigadake (2291m・烏帽子岳) in southern Nagano and have wanted to return for a long time.
Eboshidake and Sampukutoge were probably my favourite places to hike to in 2019. I wish I’d known about them earlier in the year but that’s OK. Now that I do it’ll be good to head back there in 2020, hopefully for a traverse of the Minami Alps. One thing I’ve realised this year is that…
Hiking: Sampukutoge・Eboshidake Hike / 三伏峠・烏帽子岳
The gateway to this part of the Minami Alps (南アルプス) is high up in Oshika village (大鹿村) in southern Nagano and I made my first scouting trip there back in July. This time I decided on an overnight trips to be ready for both sunset and sunrise and hopefully get some decent photographs. It’s…