Archive: September 2014

Montbell U.L. Trekking Umbrella Review

Ultra lightweight Hiking Umbrella from Montbell The use of trekking umbrellas out on the trail is has garnered a fair bit of debate in recent years with some folk who swear by them and others who consider them completely unnecessary. I probably fall...

A Creepy Abandoned Mountain Hut

Kan Toge Mountain Hut It’s amazing what unexpectedly catches your attention exploring remote mountain trails. For me it was last week hiking down from Karisaka Toge on the Yamanashi / Saitama prefectural border. After taking a short breather...

Karisaka Toge 雁坂峠

Karisaka Toge 雁坂峠 – Mt. Suisyoyama 水晶山 – Mt. Koreisan 古礼山 . . Little Used Hiking Course Meets a Famous Mountain Pass This hike spans both Saitama and Yamanashi Prefectures following a little used trail from the western edge of Chichibu Lake over...

Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸

Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸 – Mt. Hamaiba ハマイバ丸 . . One of Yamanashi’s 100 Revered Mountains The original plan for this hike was to finish at Sasago Station on the JR Chuo Main Line but as with all best laid plans, weather tends to be the final...

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