The North Face Ultra Guide GTX Review

A Performance Trail Running Shoe from The North Face Trail running shoes provide a nice contrast to the rugged and heavy leather boots which accompany me on multi-day hikes. For day hikes and of course trail running I prefer the simplicity of a...

Montbell Warm Up Sheet Review

A lightweight mesh sleeping bag liner After purchasing my lovely new Nanga sleeping bag last year I decided the best way to keep it in pristine condition was to pair it with an inner sheet. Sleeping bag liners are an ideal way to add a little extra...

What are the Best Outdoor Survival Blankets?

Heat reflective emergency blankets, mylar blankets or space blankets have been around for the seemingly decades and were originally developed by NASA in 1964 for the US space program. As a young fella I distinctly remember carrying one around in my...

How to Choose the Best Outdoor Compass

A Guide to Selecting a Compass Without question becoming lost would have to be one of the most unsettling and frightening things that can happen on the trail. Bad weather may present unexpectedly or you may do all the right things but somehow still...

Casio Protrek PRW-3000 Watch Review

Introducing the Triple Sensor, Ver. 3 Casio Protrek PRW-3000 In the era of mobile and smart phones it’s probably not unsurprising to read that I have not worn a watch for more than ten years now. The downside however is when you have to rely on a...

Hiking trails now embed on maps

Waypoints Successfully Embeded! For sometime now I considered a drawback of this site was the failure to provide schematic hiking routes. I have now addressed the issue by manually embedding waypoints onto each map using WP Google Maps a WordPress...

Mt. Ougiyama 扇山

Mt. Ougiyama 扇山 – Mt. Momokurasan 百蔵山 . . Two Prodigious Views of Mt. Fuji Clear winter skies provide exquisite views of the Japanese Alps which are often masked in a slight haze throughout the warmer months. This circumstance was taken advantage of...

The year in review

Looking Back on the Year The main impetus for getting this blog started was frustration with the lack of information in English on hiking trails around Tokyo. Over the past year I have relished the opportunity to document my experiences and realised...

The Long-Forgotten Tokyo Peace Pagoda

A Chance Upon at the Tokyo Peace Pagoda To expect the unexpected is something I have come to cherish about my ventures into the mountains and to discover that Tokyo is home to a long-forgotten Peace Pagoda was definitely one of them. The glistening...

Mt. Mito 三頭山

Mt. Iyo イヨ山 – Mt. Nukazasu ヌカザス山 – Mt. Mito 三頭山 . . From a Floating Bridge to Mountain Top Along with Mt. Gozenyama and Mt. Odake, Mt. Mito三頭山 is one of the three famous mountains of Okutama. The mountain retains expansive areas of beech...

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