some trips you just have to do.
after being hit by record snows across central Honshu with 165cm/24hrs on Fuji itself we opted for the south east route. closed roads and mass clearing efforts put us waaaay back from the trailhead, with an 8hr slog and 5hr retreat ensuing. days like this its all about the right people in the right place at the right time – not everyone puts their hand up for such things.
the way it was; 5hrs into 8hrs of thigh deep plunging with full loads. some trips are simply hard, grinding down into the darker elements of mountaineering, yet in the bigger picture it says a lot about a climbers real motivation.