Mt. Jinba 陣馬山

Mt. Jinba 陣馬山 – Meio-toge 明王峠 – Mt. Magoyama 孫山 . . A White Concrete Horse and 360 Degree Views from Mt. Jinba Escaping the crowds isn’t something that can be easily accomplished on the mountain trails surrounding Mt. Takao, even more so when...

Darn Tough Socks Review

A virtually indestructible sock with a lifetime guarantee Let’s talk socks for a minute. If there is one single item in your hiking arsenal apart from your shoes perhaps, that is likely to make you miserable out on the trail it’s probably your socks...

Mt. Oyama 大山

Oyama Afuri Jinja 大山阿夫利神社 – Mt. Oyama 大山 . . Spring Weather Delights on Mt. Oyama Mt. Oyama 大山 is a sacred mountain whose close proximity to Tokyo and Yohohama means it’s always a major drawcard for mountain climbing as well as religious pilgrimage...

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...