Updated on Saturday, March 8, 2014
most people dont know that JAPAN is covered in mountains that hide spectacular alpine routes during winter
click the image for an insight into the Japan winter climbing experience
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.
with economic realignment 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 a climbing destination anywhere. sure thailand is cheaper – but they dont have ice, shinkansens, alpine granite walls and 3000m peaks.
2014 continues with our usual projects and trips, focussing on big alpine mixed routes that optimize the winter experience. nights are cold but getting shorter, with the higher alpine routes in their full winter condition.
late winter & spring has trips running into kaikomagatake, training at yatsugatake and alpine routes on amidadake whilst new resources has us going into more remote and committed places, expanding what is possible for the year ahead with plans for alpine walls, big rock routes, training & micro-expeditions
with dozens of peaks around 3000m, a good melt-freeze ratio, long windows of clear weather and excellent infrastructure, Japan is a well 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.
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