On top of Mt Fuji & K's House Kawaguchiko
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Woke up at 1:00am to continue the last assent to the top. The 9.5th station hut we slept in the night before was at about 3200 meters, and we needs to go the rest of the way to the top at 3776 meters (12,388 feet). Following along in the darkness, even with the head lamps you can only see a few steps ahead of yourself. The person ahead of you and the person behind you pretty much become you entire lifeline to the mountain as you trudge up, one step at a time. At one point, soaking with sweat, gasping for air, "Archur" passed out a few chocolate covered almonds to each person. Ill tell ya, two chocolate covered almonds never meant so much or went so far until this morning.
In the cold and wet darkness of the morning, one can simply follow the long trail of lights.
By about 3:00am, it became light enough to simply use the ambient light to see, although it was still many shades of grey and quite dark.
Another piece of advice. Bring adaquate SHOES! I did this entire climb with Teva's on (and socks). It is freezing above 3200 meters, and there is still snow everywhere in the middle of July. At the very top, your extremities lose feeling after about 5 minutes of exposure. On my way down, i finally got feeling back into my finger tips after about 2 hours. There was in fact so much snow, that the half of the party that walked around the crater to the weather station (the real top of the mountain) had to turn around halfway as the trail to the station was completely snowed in.
[Mt. Fuji, K’s House]
Twethuyvy (taking Fuji From Shingen Shrine)
Michael & Vivki - Mt.
One thing i’ve just noticed, when you’ve got it in your head to do something stupid, and you go to do it, you tend to meet other people who also have it in their head to do the same stupid thing. There’s not so much a comradery that developes, but there’s something there. You’re all there together doing it. and looking in each other’s eyes in the darkness is the only thing keeping you going. [and] then ur done, and all you can do is laugh, cause you have [all] just done a stupid thing, but you have done it together.