Mt. Ryokami 両神山

Hinata Ooya 日向大谷 – Mt. Ryokami 両神山 . A Scared Mountain with Prodigious Views Mt. Ryokami is a sacred mountain situated on the northern border of the Chichibu Tama...

MSR Hubba HP Solo Tent Review

A Dependable Lightweight Tent from MSR Mountain Safety Research has been at the forefront of lightweight durable tent design for many years and the MSR Hubba HP solo...

Mt. Kinpu 金峰山

Mt. Kinpu 金峰山 – Mt. Kobushi 甲武信ヶ岳 . Rocky Escarpments and Lofty Views from Mt. Kinpu As one of the premier hiking spots in the Kanto region Mt. Kinpu certainly didn’t...

Mt. Daibosatsu 大菩薩嶺

Mt. Daibosatsu 大菩薩嶺 – Daibosatsu-toge 大菩薩峠 – Tabayama Village 丹波山村 . The Magnificent Vistas of Mt. Daibosatsu For my first excursion to Yamanashi Prefecture I singled...

Pareidolia man

An Unexpected Visitor at Breakfast While sorting through my photos from this past weekend’s hike to Mt. Daibosatsu one shot in particular caught my attention. At first...

Sado Island

Tumultuous Beginnings and an Indeterminate Future Sado Island – a population that continues to decline. Back in the halcyon days of 1950 its inhabitants peaked at...

Charles Robert Jenkins

An Encounter with Charles Jenkins For most people Sadogashima 佐渡ヶ島 or Sado Island conjures up an image of gold mines and a rugged coastline. For me however the first...

Okutama Ropeway

The Demise of an Ill-Conceived Idea – The Okutama Ropeway It seems de rigueur these days that anyone with an outdoor blog has a category devoted to haikyo 廃虚 or in...

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