Mt. Fuji, Sea to Summit 2018
When?Start time: Thursday 18:00 (12 July)
End time: Sunday 21:00 (15 July)
First, I want to say that you can definitely climb Mt. Fuji! I am planning another sea to summit ascent up Mt. Fuji. We will approach Mt. Fuji over 2 days to allow for our bodies to adjust to the altitude. We will stay at mountain lodges for maximum convenience and to reduce pack weight. The date is just temporary, and as the time gets closer, we'll decide then. For Mt. Fuji, you have to plan extremely early. The plan and info about gear and terrain is below. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, we have plenty of time. Yoroshiku!
For now, the current plan is:
Take a train to Yoshiwara Station, head to the beach, and then urban-hike through Fuji City to the north of Mt. Ashitaka. We'll stay at a family/mountain lodge north of Mt. Ashitaka. The hike through the city and country roads will take another 4-5 hours.
Approach Mt. Fuji through the southern forest. We'll stay at the Fujinomiya fifth station hut on the slope of Mt. Fuji. The hike through the forest will take 7-9 hours.
Ascend the steep parts of Mt. Fuji to the crater rim. We'll go around the rim if we have time. Then, we'll go down the eastern slopes down towards the Gotemba fifth station. We'll stay with a family who runs a mountain hut here. Hiking up this part of Mt. Fuji will take 4-6 hours, and going down will take 3-5 hours. We'll start as early as possible.
On the last day, we'll take a victorious descent down a road from half way up Mt. Fuji directly to Gotemba Station and head home from there. The hike will take 3-4 hours. (Most people stop here at the fifth station and take a bus back, but it's not a legitimate hike if you don't also go down the whole way!)
Gear and terrain
Footwear: This hike will go through various terrains, so I highly recommend you bring two pairs of foot wear, a pair of boots/heavier shoes for the forest and mountain parts, and a pair of running shoes for the road. Your feet will be destroyed if you wear boots on the roads. If you have to pick between either of these, wear running shoes. If you have light gaiters or spats, bring them with you. They will help prevent tiny rocks and ash from entering your boots/shoes. We will not be hiking on snow.
Pack: I recommend a smaller/medium day pack instead of a full sized camping bag. What's most important is a waist and chest strap. You won't need that many things as we'll be staying at lodges, and there will be plenty of places to buy food/drinks. We'll buy all the food and drinks we need on the way. We won't need burners, gas, etc.
Light: I do not expect to be hiking at night time, but you may consider a headlamp.
Clothing: 2-3 pairs of clothing including a wind/rain proof jacket. The weather conditions will vary between hot and humid and cold and dry. I don't recommend water proof pants as they will slow you down. Bring at least 4 pairs of socks and underwear.
First Aid: I'll take care of basic first aid material such as tweezers, bandaging, cleaning, etc. Bring anything that you might need for yourself.
Shelter: Do not bring a shelter.
Other: We will pitch in for an oxygen tank just incase. Bring sunscreen especially if your skin is more sensitive, medical things for yourself, and anything else you might need. You know yourself better, just bring what you need.