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Cool, clear fall weather hiking and intermediate level rock scrambling. Peaceful rural valley protected from all the snow and wind of the Northern Alps and Tanigawa Mountains. Less than 3 hours driving from Tokyo. Cheap, fully equipped campground with a nearby hidden onsen and grocery store. Only 4 spaces available. Still lot's of beautiful fall colors up to 500m and we have a beautiful forecast!!
Saturday will be a 'warm-up' hike/rock scramble up Kuwagaradake (鍬柄岳), "A Mountain that Pierces the Heavens". It's a very short hike (1:30 map time, 2km, +340m RT) which requires rock scrambling and has several sets of chains. Trail lunch on the summit. It will be good practice for the next day.
After the hike we will head directly to the campground to check-in and drop off some gear before hitting the hidden onsen (closes at 14:00). The onsen is open-air and has a lot of charm, so it's well worth the effort. Following the onsen, there is a nice supermarket with many local vegetables. Shimonita is a serene, rural community where lots of konnyaku (こんにゃく) is produced. The campground is very comfortable and has a great view overlooking the town of Shimonita. I suggest we all stay in my 5-person JUMBO tent to save space in the car and money at the campsite. However, if you prefer, you may bring your own tent. We can decide as a group ahead of time if we want to make pizza in the Dutch oven or a Japanese vegetable stew. And, of course, there will be hot, spiced wine!
I'll make a special Dutch oven breakfast (my signature Dutch oven eggs). Sunday's hike up Oiwa "The Matterhorn" and Aoiwa (大岩・碧岩) will be more challenging than Saturday's with a longer exposed ridge to the summit of Oo-iwa (4:10 map time, 5.8km, +740m RT). Aoiwa is even more dangerous and is nearly vertical at some points. We will climbe Oo-iwa first and make a game-day decision about doing Aoiwa on the way back. We'll have a snacks along the way and lunch at one of the local restaurants after the hike (I know some places). Next, we'll drive over a scenic mountain forest road, maybe find a second onsen, and if there is time, we can view the illuminated Momiji Park in Nagatoro before finally arriving back in Tokyo between 20:00 and 21:00.
Saturday, 14 Nov
8:00 - meet at Asakadai Station
10:30 - arrive at Kuwagaradake trailhead
12:30 - back at car
13:00 - set up camp
14:00 - onsen
16:00 - supermarket
17:00 - cook dinner
Sunday, 15 Nov
6:00 - sunrise
8:00 - on road
14:00 - finish hike
16:45 - sunset
20:30 - Asakadai Station
Event Grade, Safety (イベント等級, 安全)
Fitness Grade 1 - Very Easy
1:30 hours walking time, 2km, & 340m altitude climb
Technical 5 VERY DIFFICULT - Intermediate (中級)
Several sets of chains near the summit. Andy (who has climbed it before) says "a fall will be fatal, but unlikely."
We will use a rope and harness here. Will be good preparation for the next day.
Oiwa and Aoiwa (大岩・碧岩)
Fitness Grade 3 - Moderate
4:10 hours walking time, 6km, & 740m altitude climb
Technical 6 SEVERE - Experienced (経験者)
Several sets of chains. A fall off rock ridge would be fatal.
Will use our rope and harnesses for protection.
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, stay in JUMBO if possible)
- 0C degree sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- cup/mug, bowl, spoon
- proper hiking sneakers or boots
- harness (required) *I will bring my rope
- rain/wind gear (top and bottom)
- trail lunch for Saturday
- energy food for Sunday
- onsen towel
- campfire offerings
Travel Details, Meeting Time & Place (旅行の詳細, 集合時間と場所):
8:00 Saturday, 14 Nov - Asakadai Station (North Exit)/Kita-Asaka Station (East Exit) at McDonald's
Cost (estimate) per person:
6,500yen - transportation (estimate)
camping should be pretty inexpensive
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.