Updated on Friday, April 18, 2014
away from the cities Japan is a frontier of climbing. not a lot of people realize how much of it is covered in mountains and valleys that hide spectacular ice falls, rock walls and alpine routes
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氷 ko-ri – the ice…
the Japanese archipeligo is 85% mountainous with hundreds of peaks and valleys sheltering icefalls between 500 and 3750m, with ice conditions clear & consistent from November until April. icefalls range from easy gullies and ice walls thru to international-class lines and hard alpine routes done over several days. some ice is an hour from big towns and hotsprings, other ice demands monster approaches into serious wilderness areas. large tracts of japan are still remote, with the potential for new ice very real.
登る noboru – the climbing…
Japan’s unique climbing culture bridges ancient animist beliefs with ultra-modern sport technology. Bullet trains bring climbers to quiet temple trailheads that are gateways to remote climbing areas which are vastly unvisited compared to their european and american equivalents. World-class climbing areas still have huge potential for first ascents, it not being uncommon to having entire valleys to yourself. Japanese climbers are welcoming to foreigners and happy to show off their distinct geography that encompasses icefalls, hard walls, alpine mixed and classic peak routes.
日本 Nihon – Japan…
At once exotic and familiar, Japan’s international image is a tiny fragment of the reality. Few outsiders penetrate the Japanese uniqueness despite extreme efficiency, safety and friendliness towards foreigners, yet those who do find a place with a welcoming mountain culture and a significant international climbing presence. Not as expensive as most other first-world destinations, in Japan the food is good, the transport is legendary, your gear is safe and you can drink the water – solving many of the problems that complicate climbing trips to other exotic locations.
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