Are you interested in climbing Mt. Fuji and in doing so helping out those affected by the devastating earthquake/tsunami of March 11th?
If so, this could be the event for you! We are planning a group climb of Fuji-san over the weekend of the 25th-26th of August 2012. We will be climbing overnight from 5th station, aiming to reach the summit by sunrise on the 26th.
At a slow and steady pace, we expect the climb to take approximately 7 hours up and 3 hours down. We aim to begin climbing at around 10pm and arrive at the summit around 4:30-5:00am. We will then take some well-earned rest on the top where you can watch the sunrise, get a bite to eat and buy some souvenirs (yes, this is Japan!). You can also walk around the crater (which takes about an hour) should you wish. More details on the itinerary to come.
Tentative cost: ¥15,000 (TBC) including transportation to/from Tokyo.
All proceeds will be donated directly to It’s Not Just Mud (INJM), a non-profit volunteer organization based in Ishinomaki that provides disaster relief and grass-roots support to those affected by the March 11 disasters. As we have had personal contact/experiences with this organization, we can personally vouch for the amazing work they do. If you are interested in volunteering, we can tell you more about it on the hike or you can visit their website.
Some things to consider:
1. General fitness
While you in no way have to be an athlete to complete the climb, a certain level of general fitness is required. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. So if exercise is not currently part of your routine, start training now.
Please consult your doctor if you have any existing medical conditions that may prevent you from climbing. Bring or wear preventative gear such as a knee brace if necessary.
While of course we will be going at a steady pace and taking regular breaks, please be aware that we will not be sleeping during the overnight climb. We encourage you to rest well before departure and take advantage of the travel time to sleep.
3. Things to bring
While there is no need to go out and buy a stack of fancy new hiking gear, there are some items that will be essential. First and foremost, please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Solid boots/shoes suitable for hiking are best. Please don’t wear your old Converses, they won’t cut it.
While we are hiking in the height of summer, remember that conditions on the mountain are extremely cold at night – like thermals and snow jacket kind of cold. A woolen hat/beanie is also advisable. On the way down during daylight, however, the weather will be very hot. So you’ll be wanting to remove your warm clothing from the night before (wearing layers works well). You’ll definitely also be needing sun cream, sunglasses and a hat.
For the night section of the hike, you’ll need a flashlight. If you have one that you can attach to your head, this works really well as during steep sections you’ll be needing both your hands to climb. We have small flashlights (yet with a strong light) and previously we have simply used a piece of string to tie it to the straps of our backpacks. That way you can hold the light and then just drop it whenever you need to.
On the subject of backpacks, try to keep them as light as possible. Things that don’t feel that heavy at the beginning of the hike will start weighing you down after a few hours. So avoid over-packing with non-essential items. Apart from the essential items advised above, be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. High-energy snacks will give you the lift you need when you are feeling fatigued. Also bring some small change for the bathroom – toilets are not free on the mountain! And don’t forget your CAMERA – you don’t want to miss that sunrise shot!
While not 100% essential, walking sticks are helpful if you have one. Or you can buy one from the stations along the way.
4. What you’ll miss if you don’t do it!
An amazing journey, new friends, breath-taking views, an unforgettable sunrise and the satisfaction that you conquered Japan’s highest peak!
Please be aware that the cost is subject to change depending on numbers, transportation and other variables, but we believe this to be a reasonable estimate of the final cost. More details on the itinerary and price to come.
If you wish to express your interest in joining the climb, please complete the form below.
Thank you! We hope you can join us!
Jess & Hai