Updated on Saturday, November 16, 2013
JAPAN is covered in mountains that freeze into spectacular alpine routes during winter
Easy icefalls to hard alpine faces and the slopes of Mt Fuji, there is a world of winter climbing in Japan few outsiders know about. From weekend jaunts staying at hot springs to month-long expeditions in tents and bivvys, Japans mountains hide countless routes and a distinct climbing culture.
25% cheaper indefinitely
its not really us doing the discounting, but with economic realignment by the government pushing the yen down its 25% cheaper to climb in japan than it was last winter. whats cool is that this extends to any gear you buy, transport costs, food etc, making japan one of the best deals as climbing destinations anywhere. sure thailand is cheaper – but they dont have ice, shinkansens, alpine granite walls and 3000m peaks.
we have launched into the 2013/14 climbing season with our usual projects and trips, focussing on big alpine mixed routes that optimize winter potential. nights are sub-zero but as short as they get, with the higher alpine routes getting their first layers of ice.
this winter has trips running into the high walls of kaikomagatake & tsurugi dake and mizugaki yama, alpine training at yatsugatake and lots of time on fuji whilst new resources has us going into more remote and committed places, expanding what is possible for whats ahead. winter offers us
with dozens of peaks around 3000m, a good melt-freeze ratio, long windows of clear weather and excellent infrastructure, Japan is the best kept secret in ice climbing. though not much makes it into the climbing media about ice climbing in Japan, Japanese climbers are reknowned worldwide and after seeing where they start its not hard to see why.
due to unrest in parts of western sichuan plans for climbing in china are tentative for yet another season. expressions of interest are still welcomed – who knows, things may change (again) – and we may still be able to slip in ‘low signature style’ like the good old days.
update!! word from those in china who know says all climbing is ON. for details on ice climbing in china go here.
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