Hiking: The Other Eboshidake in the Clouds
Eboshidake in the Minami Alps behind the clouds. This was the third time in succession that this hike hasn’t gone to plan. See here and here. The Minami Alps usually offer spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and the other big mountain ranges of central Japan but once again the weather had other ideas and the…
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!”
Mt. Fuji Sunrise Hike – Eboshidake in the Minami Alps
This was the third time I’ve hiked this trail. In July 2019 Sampukutoge was the goal but then I was unaware that an additional 40 minutes southwest to Eboshidake would, on a clear day, present me with a clear view of Mt. Fuji.
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…