**WARNING: Very LONG photospam post! =P**
Day 2 of Fuji, Verdict: Super fun! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to conquer this mountain. BRING SUNSCREEN AND LATHER UP!!!!!! For the descend, if like me (and you were too cheap to buy hiking boots) you wore runners, I recommend climbing back down the ascend trail, Yoshida. From the 7th station upward, the Yoshida Trail is like rock climbing, it’s really fun to go up. At least for me =P So on the descend you will bump into alot of people who are ascending, this will drag out your descend time. But I think it’s better for your ankles =P
I disliked the Subashiri descend Trail as I was wearing Nike running shoes (LunarGlides), which had zero grip on gravel. Also there were not many rest stops on this trail at all. And you’ll encounter bulldozer like trucker transporting goods = DUST EVERYWHERE!
Though that said I am bias, as I was dead by then and just grumpy =P
So points to keep in mind, when loving Fujisan:
- Wear hiking boots.
- Constantly sunscreen.
- Bring warm clothes, and lots of water. Unless you’re a rich dude.
- Descend via Yoshida Trail.
- Finally, HAVE FUN!!!! =DDD
Asano said he couldn’t carry on after the 8th Station. So Mike and I carried on without him. Mike finally let me know the altitude sickness was getting to him and he needed to have a sleep at the 8.5th Station. So I let him have a 20min nap before we needed to carry on again. Well Mike napped, and I tried to (and failed), an oyaji sat down next to me. He brought his doggy along and was trying to make shoes for him outta some human gloves! I offered to help him hold the dog as he made the shoes, as the dog was getting really excited. I didn’t know how to say this in Japanese, so i just said “Help??” as I reached out to hold the leash. He pulled the leash closer to him and had a OMGWTFISHAPPENING look so I said “er.. nevermind” hahahah =(
After Mike woke up, we continued up to the 9th Station. It’s not really a Station, it’s just a dilapidated shrine (again), Mike said he really needed to rest as he was getting really nauseous. I was getting pretty tired myself. It was abt 4:25am by this stage I believe. So, I decided to call it quits (disappointing, I know T______T ) and camp out at the 9th Station for a sunrise spot. I am not going to lie, just being stationed for 30mins waiting for the rise, it was FKN FREEZING! But I busied myself walking and jumping around, looking for tripod spots. I didn’t manage to find any, as there was a guard (I think) there, and he was telling off the Japanese people who stood on the shrine’s roof. Never the less, I got some really really nice shots: Continue reading Day 5 – 26hrs of Fuji love