Ascent of Fuji-san on 2001-08-18
|Date:||Saturday, August 18, 2001|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Bus|
| Elevation:||3775 m / 12388 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportActive 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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