3 people minimum (myself included), 5 people max
5) AB (confirmed)
My heart leaps thinking about this place. Arasawadake is a hidden gem buried deep into the heart of the Echigo-Tadami Mountains. The view from the top of the mountain during peak fall colors will be breathtaking. To the east are the stately mountains of the Echigo Sanzen; Nakanodake and Echigo-Komagatake. To the north and west are Lake Okutadami and an endless sea of mountains too inaccessible and rugged to ever be altered by the works of man (a rare sight in Japan). Perhaps we could count on less than one hand how many signs of human activity we can see from the top of the commanding view.
Based on more than one trip report from different years, this time of year will be right around the time of peak fall colors of a mostly beech and maple forest. Colors will be front and center, and as far as the eye can see. Our eyes will feast!
READ THIS SECTION BELOW CAREFULLY!!
Getting here is not easy. The trailhead is only reachable by car 6 months out of the year due to deep snow. We'll travel through a narrow and winding tunnel that reminds me of Thunder Mountain from Disney. The trail up the mountain is a whole other story. It's steep and requires a good level of fitness. We will be huffing and puffing the whole way up. Map time reads 9:40 round trip. I will anticipate it taking us 11 hours (including breaks). That amount of time doesn't leave much room for error or long breaks, so we'll need to be near perfect. Along the route are 10 plate markers that indicate our distance to the summit (see photo).
On top of the fitness required for this trip, there are some precipitous slopes and traverses that we will need to cross. There is one section in particular that has will require us to use caution (the sawteeth). There are tree roots and chains to aid climbers along. It's less daring than Mt. Myogi. The chains are replaced every year and the route is well established and maintained. I don't forsee any unwanted surprises.
I'm more concerned about the fitness level on this trip rather than the technical bits.
This trip is for Intermediate Level and above only. There are a small handful of people I have climbed with in OCJ who I think can do this. It's possible that I will have to turn some people down. If we have never climbed together before, then I ask that you name 3 trips you have taken in the past (Japan or elsewhere) that reveal to me that you are fit enough to take this trip.
Local government information: https://www.iine-uonuma.jp/play/tozan_l ... adake.html
Excellent trip report: Read this! https://hikingbird.exblog.jp/30129670/
Second trip report: by a very fast hiker - http://21.pro.tok2.com/~acuphaicarz/arasawadake-1.html
Friday 16 October
19:00 - Meet at Asakadai Station
21:30 - Arrive at free camp, hobo pies & wine (fun!)
23:30 - sleep
Saturday 17 October
5:30 - breakfast (burritos & coffee)
7:00 - on road
sightseeing/kouyou/onsen in Oku-Nikko
19:00 - camp dinner Arakawadake Trailhead
Sunday 18 October
4:30 - burritos & coffee
5:30 - start hike
12:00 - summit or turn back
16:30 - base
21:00 - Tokyo
Event Grade, Safety (イベント等級, 安全)
Fitness Grade 8 - Very Severe
9:40 hours walking time, 9km & 1,200m altitude climb
Technical 5 VERY DIFFICULT - Intermediate (中級)
Minimal or occasional rock scrambling where hands are needed or there are fixed ropes, chains or ladders - frequent danger signs on the hiking maps. Cliff traverse sections with vertical or very steep drops. Serious injuries are uncommon and falls are not always fatal. A climbing rope usually not required.
Sign Up Conditions, Contact Details:
ALL members who wish to join must reply to this post. Spaces are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Only 5 spaces are available. If you did not sign up in time I can add you to a waiting list, and there is still a chance you can join.
Things to Bring (持参もの)
- tent (limited space, share if possible)
- sleeping pad
- sleeping bag
- cup, bowl, spoon, mug
- hiking boots
- rain/wind gear (top and bottom)
- trail lunch
- energy food
- onsen towel
- headlamp w/ spare batteries
- day pack
- trekking poles (optional)
Travel Details, Meeting Time & Place (旅行の詳細, 集合時間と場所):
19:00 - Asakadai Station (North Exit)/Kita-Asaka Station (East Exit) at McDonald's
Cost per person:
8,000yen - transportation (estimate)
OCJ is funded by 500yen event attendance (up to 3 days). Collected by organizer who sends half of that to the club PayPal account for website costs.