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|We had beautiful weather all the way up, then awoke at the top to a bit of snow, which cleared just as the sun started to come up. Standing there watching the sun rise and watching the long lines of climbers with identical headlamps snaking down the trail is soemthing I will never forget. Somehow the crowds of people that we encountered doing this during the summer actually added to the experience by making us feel like we were part of a pilgrimage, rather than just hitting another peak.|
|Posted May 19, 2009 3:04 pm|
|codelancer||Route Climbed: Kawaguchiko |
Date Climbed: May 10, 2009
|Good winter climbing with soft snow above 2600m and icy around summit. We start crampon climb from 6th station at 6:00 and was at last station from nord at 12:00. One hour trip to highest point (3776 m) and full circle back around the crater. Very good and warm weather but strong wind. |
Not many people, because off-season.
|Posted May 11, 2009 1:47 am|
|markusluft||Night-climb in May09|
We are going to night-climb Fuji-san the last weekend in May (off-season). We are preparing climbing-crampons as we are expecting snow / ice condions.
I read from several sources that transportation is limited during this time of the year (Tokyo to Kawaguchiko). We are planning to take a taxi / private car instead.
What are your experience with off-season (May/ June) night climbs? How many climbers are on their way and is the route (ice / snow) marked?
Thanks a lot in advance for any feedback!
|Posted May 19, 2009 6:19 am|
|Misha||Blizzard on the summit |
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2008
|Due to logistical challenges, Etsuko and I could not hike up to the crater the night before. Started from the 5th station of Kawaguchiko at around 8am and literally ran up the mountain. Faced a serious blizzard and snow on the ground after 3000m, including complete white out, sub freezing temperature, 30-40 mph wind and snow on the crater rum. We ran down as fast we could, hopped in our car and drove 200km towards Northern Alps just in time to make our taxi deadline to get to Kamikochi. Wild adventure on what many people perceive to be a benign mountain. It is still a mountain that needs to be respected and cannot be taken for granted.|
|Posted Oct 21, 2008 1:57 am|
|ericd||Direct from Narita |
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2008
|Landing in Narita around 2pm, caught bus to Shinjuku, then 2 trains to Kawaguchiko by 8pm. We started at station 5 around 10pm after getting dropped off by a very hospitible local climber. Many cars and beaming headlamps -always a good sign. Averaged stations 6, 7, 8 each in about an hours time at an average pace. No rain, mist or winds to speak of and a comfortable yet brisk temperature to sweat in. Climbing partner fell backwards once and was feeling effects of altitude when we came across a 3000meter bunk hut. After hot Japanese tea and a toast off, I climbed into thinner air while he decided to rent a room at 6,500 yen. Lots of stars to gaze at above bellowing clouds. Lots of climbers bottle-necking as dusk approached. 1 1/2 hrs for stations 9 and 10 each, then reached a windy crater rim (30kts). 1hr walk circumnavigating top to see sunrise at 05:20am from highest point: an abondoned weather station opposite station 10. 2hrs back down to station 8 to wake sleeping comrade, then another 2hrs to trailhead parking lot. Caught bus at 11:30 to Kawaguchiko for our suitcases.|
|Posted Sep 28, 2008 9:37 pm|
|Beautiful crisp pre-dawn start on solid packed snow to summit. We had the summit to ourselves and did the circuit of the crater. We got 'lost' on the way down and had to rely on GPS to find our way back to starting point. We luckily managed to jump on a tourist bus on the way down which is rare in the off season.|
|Posted Aug 20, 2008 5:18 am|
|bgratias||Harder than I thought |
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007
|After two weeks at sea, we climbed Fuji overnight without food or water. We made it, but will be sure to prepare better next time.|
|Posted Aug 15, 2008 1:14 am|
|Quadaxial||Fujinomiya Route - South Side |
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2008
|Summited on July 8 via the south route, Fujinomiya. It was still early in the official climbing season and the south route was sparse with hikers which made for an enjoyable experience. The time estimates in the brochures are not markers for the avid athlete - it can be done in 5 hours or less - there was even a team of runners doing laps around the crater at the top! Beautiful Classic Climb!|
|Posted Aug 7, 2008 6:00 pm|
|Fuji-san in winter was a bitter cold experience! I arrived late in the afternoon at Kawaguchi-ko fifth station and reached the crater at 1 or 2 AM. There was a lot of snow on the western slope whereas the eastern slope was almost void of snow I used crampons from an altitude of around 2800 m.Winds were strong and I have never felt so cold before. Conditions here were harsher than on either Elbrus or Damavand. The hardest part for me was the altitude - going from sea level to almost 4000 m it made itself felt! Nevertheless I have no regrets and I'd gladly go there again even in winter albeit better prepared!|
|Posted Mar 28, 2008 6:46 pm|
|friday||First Mountain Climb Ever |
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2007
|After 37 years of life, this was my first mountain. I chose this mountain actually as a way to kill time instead of going to my in-laws house in Okinawa, where my wife is from. At the time, I approached this climb as another exercise session, in addition to my daily running and biking sessions. But, it turned out to be so much more than that, physically and spiritually. It also taught me a big lesson about higher altitudes and clothing.|
After a 12 hour flight from Chicago, and two bus rides later, I arrived at the normal tourist starting spot, the 5th station of Kawaguchiko. I arrived about 7:45PM and started climbing in the dark at around 8:15PM or so. After reaching each station and taking a few breaks, I summited around 12:30. After not having much sleep, I took a nap on a door of a summit shop that was still closed.
This is where Fuji-San taught me a lesson. Since Tokyo was sweltering in 95'F heat, I thought just a single layer of pants (my marmot precip) and a light jacket would be enough for the summit. Wrong. I woke up after two hours of sleep shivering from the 35'F temperatures that were only made worse by a howling wind. The only thing I could do to keep warm was to descend a few hundred feet and find shelter behind a large overhang.
After two hours behind this shelter, and seeing the sun start to come up, I summited again to watch the sun pop up from behind the horizon. At this point, I felt a huge overwhelming feeling of warmth. Overlooking the cities below, feeling the fresh mountain air, and taking it all in, I realized this was something I've always wanted to do my whole life, but somehow became lost along the way. Now, the addiction to mountain climbing has started.
In two years, I plan to come back and start from Fujiyoshida, from the temple far below.
|Posted Nov 15, 2007 5:07 pm|
|HeyItsBen||Route climbed: Kawaguchi-go |
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2007
|Did the climb in bad weather, but had to do it while I was there. 100 ft visibility at the top, high wind, and bitter cold made for quite an experience. Never even really saw the mountain...|
|Posted Nov 12, 2007 3:08 pm|
|Ejnar Fjerdingstad||Route Climbed: Kawaguchiko |
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 1972
|Took a day off from a scientific meeting to climb Fuji-San. Hard to find my boot size in Tokyo, much giggling from sales women. Arriving at the trail head joined forces with three English-speaking Japanese (two high-school girls and a businessman). Had a most enjoyable climb in beautiful weather, nice sunrise and view of the Pacific. Many people on the route, though.|
|Posted Sep 20, 2007 9:29 am|
|hyperbolictans||standard route |
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007
|Route climbed Kawaguchiko-guchi Go-gome (Kawaguchiko Fifth Station).|
Made it up to Hakusandake (3757m). Stayed overnight at Toyo-kan.
1.5 hr from Kawaguchiko-guchi Go-gome to Toyo-kan and 3hr. from Toyo-kan to crater rim. Snow covered over much of the slope above 3000m.
|Posted Jun 21, 2007 2:13 am|
|happecamper||Disneyland at altitude|
|About 10 of us started from the 5th station parking lot and stayed the night at the 8th station. Had a few beers before going to bed and got up around 1am to finish the climb. Never before have I seen so many people on a mountain! The trail was packed two people wide and the line of headlamps stretching down the mountain was incredible. Unlike any climb I've done before. Would like to do it for new year's this year.|
|Posted Jun 3, 2007 12:57 pm|
|Not sure about the date, it might have been December 1994. Hiking to the summit was no problem, but on the way down I took a wrong turn and got lost. It was getting dark, and I didn't have warm clothes, bivy bag, or headlamp. Luckily, I found a mountain hut where I could stay for about $50. The next day, I had to hike part-way back up the mountain to get to the main trail.|
|Posted Mar 12, 2007 12:40 am|
|Piers||Route Climbed: Gotenba|
|Took a taxi in 0 visibilty fog up to the 5th station at midnight. From there we climbed up through heavy fog and constant rain. At about 5:30am we got to about 1k ft away from the summit. After 30 minutes and 90+ mph winds we descended back down to the 5th station. On the taxi ride back, our driver said that there had been a typhoon. What a wild time. Kamisama no kaze wa tsuyosugita.|
|Posted Feb 3, 2007 6:18 am|
|atavist||How to have an epic on the most climbed mountain in the world|
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2006
|This mountain is not as pretty when you're standing on it as when you are 50 miles away. For me, its grandeur was eroding just like its rubble hewn scree fields. By late December, there still wasn't much snow. And at this time of year there is no public transport up to the usual tourist trailhead. I had to hike all the way from Kawaguchiko train station. I wasn't in the mood for paying $50+ for a taxi to shortcut my FujiZen experience. It was so cold; I should have brought my Feathered Friends. Anyway, I ended up getting stranded on the summit overnight (80mph winds and -20C). Unfortunately my camp gear was several thousand feet below. Needless to say, I got frostbite in my toes and after limping down the mountain (all the way back to Kawaguchiko because don't even think about hitchhiking in Japan, even if you have swollen blistered feet) I couldn't walk for 5 days.|
|Posted Nov 13, 2006 7:35 am|
|derekp62||Leveraging a biz trip! |
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2006
|I spent the week in Japan on business and after a nice long day at work on a Friday I caught a bus to Kawaguchi-ko and on to Station five. We picked of a few supplies at the Unjyo-kaku store and headed up the mountain by about 9:30pm. We climbed up out of a near white out fog into a crisp clear night sky for a fantastic evening of climbing. Arrived at the summit just after sunrise. Traffic near the stop slows progress to a crawl. Staying awake was the hardest part of the climb! Should have stopped and taken a break. Instead we pushed through to the top and then home by 3pm the next day.|
|Posted Nov 7, 2006 5:57 pm|
|tjbst47||autumn ascent |
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006
|Needed crampons above 3200 m, 7th station hut was open because they were doing construction, took the route from Kawaguchi-ko|
|Posted Nov 1, 2006 6:23 pm|
|Thomas Gurviez||from Gogume in 4h30mn round trip |
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006
|1 day round trip from Tokyo, bus at 7h10 from Shinjuku, arrival at Gogume (fifth stqtion) at 10h30mn. In spite of my efforts, the last bus at 2:30 pm was too early for me (4h30mn round trip ascent, 2h30 mn for the going-up), but hitch-hiking allowed me to avoid to walk down to Kawaguchi-ko bus station.|
Sunny but pretty cold because of the strong winds at the top. As a matter of fact, snow was icy beginning at 3200 m and I had to put my crampons.
No more than 2 or 3 climbers met
|Posted Oct 31, 2006 9:43 am|