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Ascent of Fuji-san on 1996-08-17

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Date:Saturday, August 17, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fuji-san
    Location:Japan
    Elevation:3775 m / 12388 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This has got to be one of the worst country high points to summit or attempt. Horrific crowds of people, poor trail quality (cinders, ash), and typically poor weather (summer)is common on Fuji. I hiked via the Kawaguchiko Trail (fifth station). Every place on this mountain is a tourist trap and the mountian is so overdeveloped. The crater rim is a zoo. "He who climbs Fuji once is wise, he who climbs it twice is a fool". This was written before there were any gift shops and porta pottys littering the mountain. One could as easily say "he who climbs it once is a fool...." The biggest joke was seeing Japanese people using the oxygen containers that they sell along the way (along with everything else).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1469 m / 4820 ft
    Route:Kawaguchiko
    Trailhead:5th Station  2306 m / 7568 ft
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds



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