Nanga 380 DX Sleeping Bag Review

Great Sub 700g Sleeping Bag With an ever expanding range of sleeping bags to choose from the difficulty arises when researching to buy a new one. This was the conundrum I faced a few months back while searching for a new 3 season bag. Even narrowing...

Mt. Ryokami 両神山

Hiked on Oct 31, 2013    Nov 22, 2020 . Hinata Ooya 日向大谷 – Mt. Ryokami 両神山   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 10.3 km   Elevation change: 1093 metres   Highest point: 1723 metres   Start: Hinata Ooya Bus Stop...

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 backpacking tent is no exception. While this tent is no longer sold in the North...

Mt. Kinpu 金峰山

Hiked on Sep 30, 2013    Oct 19, 2021 . Mt. Kinpu 金峰山 – Mt. Kobushi 甲武信ヶ岳   Duration: 3 days   Distance: 26.8 km   Elevation change: 1089 metres   Highest point: 2599‬ metres   Start: Mizugaki-sansou Bus Stop...

Mt. Daibosatsu 大菩薩嶺

Hiked on Sep 21, 2013    Sep 16, 2019 . Mt. Daibosatsu 大菩薩嶺 – Daibosatsu-toge 大菩薩峠 – Tabayama Village 丹波山村   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 20.7 km   Elevation change: 1156 metres   Highest point: 2056 metres  ...

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 it actually kind of freaked me out as it appeared I had caught an ‘uninvited...

Exploring Hakone hot spring resort

A Sure Way of Escaping Tokyo’s Summer Heat and Humidity Where is a good place to escape the suffocating heat and humidity of Tokyo? How about Hakone, that holiday mecca out Kanagawa way. So that was the decision we made a couple of months back and...

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 125,000 while fast forward to 2011 and it has fallen markedly now hovering around half...

Camp Zama Bon Odori Festival

An Eclectic Summer Festival in the Boondocks of Tokyo One of the advantages of living in Tokyo is access to the incredible food on offer. However when the time comes to indulge in some ‘authentic’ foreign cuisine heading along to a Camp Zama...

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 thing that comes to mind is ‘Jenkins’ as in Charles Robert Jenkins the one time U.S...

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