|The endless switchbacks up the mountain.|
|We are still smiling. I think this was around 6th station.|
"A wise person climbs Mt. Fuji once, only a fool would climb it twice'.
Famous Japanese Saying
There are a number of things I'll do differently to prepare for this climb. While I do realize that if I reached the summit before getting turned around by our tour guide, this blog entry would have a completely different tone. That's why I've decided to incorporate some things from my son and husband who did indeed reach the summit. Here are some useful recommendations to consider:
- Get enough rest the night before. We got about 2 hours of sleep before we had to get on the tour bus at 2:00a.m. Not a good start to such a vigorous day of climbing.
- Consider going without a tour. If you do not want all the time constraints they give you on a tour, then consider making the drive to the mountain yourself. They have parking at the 5th station.
- If you buy the walking stick, limit the number of times you get it stamped. We wasted a good 1/2 hour (total) stopping at each hut to get the stamps. While I like the memory, if I would've known in advance just how many we were going to get, I would've limited it to a small handful of stations.
- Buy a can of oxygen. Some of us suffered from a headache, coughing and fatigue from the altitude. I think the extra puff of oxygen would possibly have helped us. I was told by a friend to bring a can with us, but didn't think we'd need it. Next time I'll know better.
- Make sure to eat enough. I think along with the change in altitude, not eating enough contributed to the massive headache my husband suffered on the climb. We bought gel packs, energy bars, rice balls, etc.
- Take small sips of water. I would suggest getting a CamelBak (one that fits 2 liters of water minimum) and taking a couple small sips when you are thirsty. My husband and son both ran out of water on the climb.
- Go in July. I'm wishing we would have gone in July instead of August. I'm just partially joking because I have to wait another 11 months or so to attempt it again. I should be more than ready by then.
|The descent was very challenging and rocky.|
|Our walking sticks.|