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Fuji-san Trip Report (#2212)

  • Signed By: John Szewczyk
  • Date submitted: July 21, 2003
  • Date(s) climbed: 07/14/2003

My 16 year old son and I reached the Summit at around 2:00 A.M. It rained hard the entire climb and it was very cold, wet and windy at the Summit as the huts did not open until 4:00 A.M. (Would time our arrival closer to 4:00 A.M. if I were to do again.) Felt like we were the only two people on the Planet Earth as no other climbers were on the Summit. A few more arrived several hours later with larger groups arriving around sunrise. Unfortunately it stayed overcast and rainy so no beautiful sunrise was seen but we did make it to the Summit. Following is an entry from my Journal related to our climb:

I have heard that they say that you leave your troubles behind on Mt Fuji and that was true. After climbing for a while the only thought and purpose was to reach the top. In a strange way it became the most important thing to do and the only purpose in our life. Nothing else existed or mattered. It was more of a man against himself then it was man against nature. We did not conquer Fuji but instead became one with it and conquered our own weakness. We became bigger then that which had been bigger then us.

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