Nantai-san Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
September 23rd, 2008 – by: 2sneezesshort
Clear skies, we set out at around 10.30 am, and started the steepest incline I've ever tackled.
we were the 2nd last to get on the mountain. We over took one couple in their 50s and then were passed by dozens of returnees, mostly in their 60s plus and looking in far better shape than us.
bitching and moaning, stopping every 1/2 an hour, admiring the view. sweating, cursing and scrambling, frequently on our arses, we made it to the caldera of nantai-san.
Our folly, not bringing enough water. thankfully there were men doing work on the top of the mountain, and the last man on the mountain was bringing water up to them. As we played tag with him up the mountain, he'd tried to give us encourangement. 15 more minutes. over an hour later we reached the top. perhaps we felt bad for us, he gave us 4L of water.
after such a hot climb, it was freezing on the summit, and once we'd refueled, we headed back down the mountain.
why is down always so much more difficult?
Up and down the mountain in about 6 hours including well over 1 1/2 hours of break?
maybe we weren't that unfit. but I still claim it was by no means easy.
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