Mt. Fuji Hike (Day1-07Aug2013)
Hiking (Day 1)
My daughter and I wanted to hike Mt. Fuji before she graduated from kindergarten. We planned a few hikes for training before Mt. Fuji hike. Those training hikes were; a 2 day 1 night hike for Mt. Kumotori in order to walk a long distance, and a day hike to North Alps (to Mt. Yake and to Mt. Norikura) in order to refamiliarize ourselves to the elevation 3,000 meters. Did she successfully step the most highest point of Japan?
My daughter got up very early morning to take the first train. Her mother declined to hike Mt. Fuji because she always suffered from altitude disease when she hiked mountains of 3,000 metres high. She once climbed Mt. Fuji and remembered having an extremely difficult time due to altitude disease. It was the first time for my daughter and myself to hike Mt. Fuji. When waiting for a bus at Tokyo Station, looks like she had bigger pleasures than worries.
We walked Subashiri Route. I wanted to walk Yoshida route for her (because it is easier, I thought) but buses to Yoshida-guchi, the trailhead of Yoshida route, was full.
I wondered if she could walk this longer route.
Her response with smile relieved me.
After walking less than an hour, ‘green tunnel’ ended. forest limit, maybe.
We took a break at every mountain hut along the trail. My daughter slowed her walk. I thought she became tired from walking, got tired to get up very early morning, or she had altitude disease. I did not have an answer.
“Are you OK? If you feel bad or headache, we get beck to the trailhead.”
“I’m OK, dad. I feel tired but I don’t feel sick.”
“Fine. But, if you feel bad, tell me.”
The sky was getting overcast. I thought the weather in the mountain changes easily again.
“I don’t wanna walk any more! Why this place is not the mountain hut we stay tonight?”
My daughter asked me pointing the mountain hut at 7th station. I booked a hut at the 8th station for the night.
She repeatedly asked me the same question from 6th station. I knew she was tired. She refused to go down but just wanted to arrive our hut as soon as possible.
Surprisingly, we were the first guest for the nigh,t although it took a long time to arrive here today.
“You can choose the place wherever you want to sleep tonight.” The inn keeper told us.
“I wanna sleep on the double bunk. It’s my dream.” My daughter looked happy.
Route & Time for Day1
Hike date: August 7, 2017
Members: Family (farther and 5-year-old daughter)
10:00 Subashiri-guchi – 11:11 6th station – 11:50 original 6th station 11:57 – 13:02 7th station 13:23 – 15:03 mountain hut (Edoya) [5 hours 3 minutes]
Continue to Day2 of Mt. Fuji Hike