Saturday, November 9, 2013

Akadake

The aim of the day was climbing Akadake, Yatsugatake's highest peak. With Fuji-san visible from early morning, we set off expectant of blue skies.

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Deciduous leaves were already gone at this altitude, leaving the berries to flaunt their red-ness against the sky.
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As it was a public holiday (exercise day, no less), there were plenty of stumbling grockels around. Knowing the fun scrambling that lay ahead, we felt quite sorry for one woman, when her legs started to visibly shake before the first ladder of the day. But she carried on, so I expect she followed the all white circles all the way to the top, eventually.
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The top is, of course a bit wrecked, with some bits of concrete shrine things and a hut just over the summit.
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With plenty of people milling about on the top of Akadake, we didn't hang about for long.
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Over the other side of the mountain, the far end of the Yatsugatake range was visible...that somewhat Fuji-san shaped mountain in the distance is the last peak. We once spent several days walking the ridge the other way from that end, but that time we didn't make it to Akadake, due to being blown off the mountain by a blizzard.
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After coffee at the second hut over the summit, it was a romp through changing seasons, 1500m down the valley.
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We had a bath at the hut next to the bus stop before catching the public transport home.

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