Ever since my lung scare back in February, I’ve been a bit slow to update the blog, but I’ve been busy with trying to regain a bit of my pre-surgery fitness. Here’s a recap of my most recent outdoor excursions:
Exactly 3 days after my test hike on Kashi-ga-mine, I ventured up to the Sea of Japan to scale Mt. Yura. The weather was spectacular and there wasn’t another soul around. Thankfully the lungs didn’t start flaring up or I would’ve been in trouble.
A week later, I was off to the tip of Lake Biwa to summit the peak of 7 heads (Nanazu-ga-take). Winter had returned, as a coating of fresh snow lay gently over the 600-meter tall mountain. Luckily the frigid temperatures and clean air kept the pollen levels low.
At the end of March, after revisiting the site of my winter mishap, I ventured back to northern Kyoto prefecture for another hike. This time around I opted for an ancient volcano by the name of Mt. Aoba. I was lucky enough to be joined by William Banff of the wonderful blog On Higher Ground. More brilliant weather and crisp winds that kept us from shedding the warmer layers.
A week after that I was down at the southern tip of Wakayama Prefecture for a quick jaunt up the rocky perch of Dake-no-mori. This was a 4-hour trip one-way just to get to the trailhead, and it’s something that I will not do again as a day hike. Balmy spring-like weather and the lack of people made up for the long commute.
While mid-April proved to be incredibly busy on the employment front, I did sneak away to Aichi Prefecture for a few days of hiking. This time my trusty sidekick Fumito joined in on the fun. First up was Chausu-yama, Aichi’s highest peak. The clouds moved in to block the view of the Minami Alps, but otherwise it was an enjoyable stroll among the beech trees.
The following day, we both headed to Toyota city to climb one of Nagoya’s most popular mountains. Mt. Sanage did not disappoint, with wonderful fresh greenery and fluffy clouds floating all around.
To round out the month of Apri, Tomomi and I ventured into northern Hyogo Prefecture to scale Sen-ga-mine, the 1000-meter peak. Perfect weather once again, and the holiday crowds were somewhat manageable.
The final hike to round out the busy spring was a mountain with the peculiar name of Mt. Kanakuso (Gold Shit mountain). This obscure peak supposedly has a mouth-watering view of the Japan Alps, but unfortunately the aeolian dust from China reduced visibility to relatively poor levels. This peak also happened to be my 60th Kansai Hyakumeizan. The remaining 40 peaks are a long jaunt from Osaka, making navigation without an automobile virtually impossible.
As you can see, spring was an incredibly productive time to be in the hills. Now I just need to squeeze some more time in my schedule to do proper write-ups of each peak. Those will come in time, but this teaser post should keep the hounds at bay for the time being.