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23 January 2007 @ 02:06 pm
Climbing Mt. Fuji  
One of the things on my "life list" has always been to climb Mt. Fuji. Since ladyat and I are going to the Worldcon in Japan this year, there seems to be no better time to do so.

After much research, some issues have arisen. The last formal 2-day (overnight hike so you are at the summit for sunrise) tour seems to be on August 20, which is way too early before the con to arrive (ladyat doesn't have that much vacation time). After the con is after the end of climbing season, meaning the huts and other amenities aren't open. Add to that the fact that, while we are in decent shape, we would prefer to climb along with someone who knows what to watch out for (altitude sickness, etc.), what to do about it, and can speak Japanese.

Considering that AKICILJ, anyone have any suggestions or already made plans for something like this closer to the con?
 
 
 
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm SO JEALOUS YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO WORLDCON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And also jealous that you are doing the Mt. Fuji climb; I've always wanted to do this as well.
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
What does "AKICILJ" mean, by the way?
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Here are some tips:

http://live-fuji.jp/fuji/scott/prep.html
http://www.yamasa.org/japan/english/destinations/shizuoka/fuji.html
http://gojapan.about.com/b/a/255572.htm
http://www.pilotguides.com/destination_guide/asia/japan/climbing_mount_fuji.php

General advice seems to be to avoid climbing Mt. Fuji in off-season because of the higher probability of bad weather.

The last link above says that you'll need a special permit if you plan to climb off-season.
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
And this page seems to be the English page for Mt. Fuji tourists:

http://www.fujisan5.jp/index_e.html

It has an e-mail address, as well.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 23rd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Via the first site, http://live-fuji.jp/fuji/scott/model.html seems to be exactly what I was looking for and makes me feel a little less nervous. If we shift our trip to do our sightseeing and such before the con, we can go up by ourselves (yet immersed in crowds) before the end of the season on the 27th. Given that (and the knowledge that there is a very popular english-fluent hut at the 8th station), it looks like it won't be quite as hard to arrange as I thought.
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! Take pictures!
Occam's Pyramidoccams_pyramid on January 23rd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
By analogy with AKICIF, it's presumably: All Knowledge Is Contained In LiveJournal
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on January 23rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Ah ok. :-)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 23rd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yep
Alanpatoadam on January 23rd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Could you hire a guide? When I climbed the Matterhorn (back when I was young and fit) I needed a guide because technical climbing was involved, and I barely knew the difference between crampons and pitons. In your case, it's just a long hike, but it sounds like you would be more comfortable with a guide.

There must be medicine you could bring in case of altitude sickness. I was dizzy the whole way up and down the Matterhorn, but my guide didn't understand the word "dizzy" and I didn't know how to say it in German or French. I thought of saying "Mein Kopf schwimmt" (my head is swimming), but I didn't know if the metaphor existed in German. I eventually decided to keep my mouth shut because I was afraid my guide would make me turn back. After we got back down, my guide told me he could have given me something.
GreyLadygrey_lady on January 23rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I had my doctor prescribe acetazolamide when I was going backpacking in the Rockies. YMMV.