Exhaustion must be a cumulative thing for me, for after I did my 8 hours of work today, I lay down on the sofa, my eyes hurting a  bit and did not wake until 3 hours later.

Another hot, muggy sunny day here and I’ll probably put more food on the grill to cook outside.  Am beginning to wonder that even with the cost of charcoal and lighter fluid, if its a 50-50 or better  cost effective way of preparing food compared to cooking on the stovetop.

Son has yet to find a job that provides him more hours to work and more $$$.  This is his 3rd season there and he’s still just making $7+ an hour and now he’s one of the staff there who knows what’s what.  So with the ever increasing number of banked air miles, have mused about taking him to japan for a number of reasons, but one, to climb Fuji.

I’ve been there done that looong ago and its not that big a deal.  It is not really a dangerous climb; no ropes, rock picks, you just schlep up a volcanic rock pile and schlep back down.  There are conditions of course. One is you need to be in shape, like jog regularly shape for the altitude is one thing a climber fights- the summit is I believe 13,000 ft  plus some change, high.  Cold is another. even during the climbing season in mid-August, while it may be sweltering at sea level, the higher you go the colder it gets, like mid-winter cold at night (when I think most climbers take on the mountain). and you need to be able to shoulder a backpack with ample amounts of fluid for hydration and high-energy food.

Its a chance too to see Japan at its worst; being charged more than exorbitant prices for a small cup of miso soup or amazaki, or even a small spot to rest during the climb. But also a place to enjoy the experience with the many others who have untaken the climb.

And a cool thing to say when asked about one’s summer vacation 😉

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5 Responses to Crash

  1. I lost any interest in climbing Fuji-san when I learned not only of the crowds but the vending machines on top. Thanks but no thanks …

    • Things must have changed since. Don’t recall vending machines at the summit, but would not be surprised. As I said, the experince also let’s you see Japan at it one of it crassest levels. The crowds one really can’t avoid since the offical climbing season is/was just a month.

    • PS: if crowds are problematic, Japan is one of the last places you should be. 😉
      PPS: would be surprised ether if the vending machines at the summit want 500 yen or a itsy-bitsy 100ml can of coke.

  2. The short climbing season guaranteed crowds and that, with the vending machines, deterred. Crowds in a city and in a place of nature are very different experiences to my sensibilities. All things considered, I dealt well with Tokyo’s density; crowds on the beach or mountain, thanks but I’ll pass.

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