Takigo-Yama, Yamanashi Prefecture hike #5

November 4, 2006 · Print This Article

But, for some reason this morning there was a staff person, so no free ride this time, maybe because it was the weekend.

I intended to take my time on the ascent this time, but unsurprisingly couldn’t stop myself from trying to represent. I actually felt like I was going slower than before this time, which disappointed me, but then once I got to the top realized I might have set a new record for summit-ing. … I ate lunch at the same spot as always about 40 minutes up the start of the trail where on a clear day one can see a glimpse of Fuji.

…I sat off to the far right eating my cold sandwich (nature burger, avocado, tomato on wheat bread), a blueberry SoyJoy bar and some mixed nuts.

…This hike marked the debut of 3 pieces of gear, my sweet Salomon GCS XCR’s (pictured to the right), my sweet new Ultimate X-static socks, and my super sweet Mountain Hardwear pack pants bought in the summer but only worn on the trail now. … This is my 4th pair of Salomon’s, and my first impression of them is that they are the best. They have finally got the automatic lacing system out of the gimmick phase and into the works like you want it to phase.

…I tried to chill on the ascent, but it is damn steep and the Salomon’s were born to run. … I easily passed the two hiking groups even though they left like 10 minutes before me, but every time I found a spot to chill, the soon caught up and I felt pressure to stay ahead of them in order to not have to keep passing them.

…Still, I found a good chill spot and was far enough ahead of them to get a good 15 minutes of solitude with me just trying to listen to what a creek was saying. The whole day I couldn’t really calm my mind, which was my purpose for going, so I couldn’t tell what the creek was going on about unfortunately. … This was all on my right, on my left I was flanked by giant boulders turned green by moss and dampness, as this valley never sees direct sunlight.

…From here the trail flattened out and I ambled the last half mile or so beholding the last of the gorge, now not more than 20 feet deep. Then the trail breaks open and suddenly there’s a house and a road and I’m back in the world of Men. Well, it’s still the super country, and as I pass by a cluster of houses in a valley I consider which one I’d choose to be my 2nd house, carefully weighing each’s pros and cons (I was looking for a good view of Fuji, a nice yard with mature plants and/or a small vegetable patch, and at least the hint of the walls having insulation).

I unknowingly showed up at Hitsukari station just a minute before the super rare country Chuo-line train arrived, and even got a good seat!


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