Ascent of Fuji-san on 2001-08-18

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Date:Saturday, August 18, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
    Elevation:12388 ft / 3775 m

Ascent Trip Report

Active Duty Navy & went on an organized military hike up Mt. Fuji.

This was the first time I ever climbed Mt. Fuji as well as the first time I stayed overnight at the 8th Station Hut in order to see the amazing sunrise in the morning from the summit. (As it turned out, I later had a job being a trip leader & guide up Mt. Fuji for many years & summitted at least 20 times over the course of the years.)

I still have the hiking stick with all the station brands burned into it as well as a flag with the Japanese Date: 13 08 19, that you can only get at the summit. '13' is the year of the Nippon emperor period, Heisei, (which would be 2001) & '08' '19' is August 19th.

I remember that it was extremely cold at 0300 in the morning, but that the skies were clear & the sunrise was absolutely amazing.

The descent was overcrowded, but that is to be expected in Japan.

Summary Total Data
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Cold, but Nice / Beautiful Sunrise

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