美濃戸口 MINOTO-GUCHI: RARE FUN

steep, fun and easy: ice climbing doent always have to be prolonged alpine ordeals. when rare conditions exist to just play on good ice is smart to take them

its been at least 5 winters since the ice at Minoto-guchi has been in decent condition. usually thin veils of fragile and bleached icicles, this seasons fantastic ice conditions combined with the late, massive dump of snow, has left fat blue ice long after its usually frazzled and collapsed.

accessible pillars of clear blue ice

quiet, fat, easy cacades: beats the hell out of busy icewalls for a day of fun

as easy as access gets in Japan, Minoto-guchi is a 10 minute walk up a nice valley, with good anchors and easy cliff top access making it perfect for easy days out (even tho some of the ice is steep and theres some hard mixed lines). its not huge, but whats there is fun and the whole scenario more relaxed than the bustle of Akadake-kosen.