So this past Friday a few(12) friends and I drove up to the base camp of Ishizuchi San, with the plan of sleeping in the cabin for a few hours, getting up at a ridiculously early hour(2am), hiking and literally climbing straight up for 2 hours at a fast pace, all for the purpose of seeing the sunrise from the highest point in Western Japan(1987 meters,). My place is the closest so we planned on meeting near my house, then caravaning up together, but as people were looking to be very late, me and Gabe decided to head up early and try to catch the Sunset, which we were just barely able to do.
After taking in the sunset for a while, we decided we should find out cabin before it got too dark, so we called and learned that we were still about a half hour away. Trouble was it was about 830 by now and Gabe mentioned there was a gate that closed every night at 8 o clock sharp. Effectively cutting off access to our place. (Granted there was another road but it was going to take at least 3 hours and thats not cool). So we stopped at another place to check the price but it turned out to be about 4700 yen per person, and we were only going to use it for a few hours. Too expensive! But we had nowhere to go and had to wait for the others so we ended up chatting to the owner and his daughter/wife/girlfriend? She was around our age and he was at least in his late 40’s 50’s so I’m not too sure.
ANYway, he gave us Coke and some cheese and then decided (maybe because we were going to be the only ones staying there that night, but either way it was madd cool of him) to drop the price to 2000 a night. NICE!! So everyone trickled in over the next few hours, we hung out for a bit, then went to bed.
We all groggily woke up around 2:15 and set off on the trail. Gabe went on ahead to enjoy the moon/starlight and the rest of us trucked along with flashlights and whatnot. I think I stayed with pack for 20-30 minutes and but wanted to pick it up a bit so I went on ahead. A bit later I met up with Gabe and after being chastised for using the light we traveled power-less. Actually is the way to go I think, although whatever he said I did think I was gonna fall off a few times ;-). Shortly after Mark met up with us and we powered on up to the base of the “Rope” way and by rope they mean ‘crazy chain links going sometimes straight up the last few cliffs. As high as it was we were hot and a bit wet by then.
This is the actual peak of Ishizuchi.
This is a panoramic shot, so please click on it to see the full wideness of the shot.
This is also a panoramic shot, so please click on it to see the full wideness of the shot.
That’s it! Hope you guys enjoyed! If you want to see the normal size photo’s just click on the link and it will take you to the original site. Peace!!