Fuji-san Trip Report (#21681)

  • Signed By: J. Vranjes
  • Date submitted: May 21, 2009
  • Date(s) climbed: July 9, 2002
  • Number of People Encountered:50+ people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

I climbed Fuji-san in the beginning of climbing season (July-August), with unstable weather. It was a pure luck (or something more, see below) to have an almost full day without rain. I took a bus from Shinjuku station in Tokyo which goes to so called Fifth Station at around 2200 m. It was a night climbing. Formally I was climbing solo, if this word could be used in an environment when practically all the time you can hear people somewhere around you, either those whom you pass, or those who pass by you (more frequent case for me that night). So I set of at 22:30 and was on the summit at 4:30, well in time to have a coffee in the shelter on the summit before the Sun rising (although it was a bit cloudy), and to enjoy listening the Japanese anthem in that moment.

It was an unproblematic walk, but one feels the altitude, and an extraordinary experience that remains in memory. This all except for the fact that I did not have any kind of torch, probably the only person that night. I shall be happy to do it again, even without a torch.

On the way up I met one Japanese climber, who said he had climbed another holly mountain (do not remember the name) two days earlier, with only purpose of praying to God for a good weather for Fuji-san. It seemed it worked, it was a perfect day. Only when I was (sleeping) on the bus back to Tokyo there was a strong rain again.

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