Ascent to Fuji-san-North Slope on 1996-06-25

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 25, 1996
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Fuji-san - North Slope
    Elevation:8038 ft / 2449 m
    Remaining Elevation:4350 ft / 1326 m (90% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

In June, Fuji-San is "closed" and there is no public transit to the peak. So I rented a car in Tokyo the previous afternoon and had the fun of insane driving on Japanese city streets and freeways before the mostly rural drive out to the north side of Fuji. I found a deserted roadside and slept in the back seat of my car.

The next morning I woke up early and drove to the Fujinomiya 5th State parking lot, deserted at this time. The weather was OK except for a strong wind, and I set off for the summit, with the mountain to myself. But after taking the traversing path southeast for a while the wind really picke up in ferocity and by the time I started climbing the cone in earnest it was roaring like a jet engine and I could barely stand up.

I knew it would only get worse the higher I hiked, so I soon decided to turn around and head down. The weather was just too unstable and I didn't have the full heavy clothing needed for the strong wind. I returned to my car and took a scenic rural route down a valley back to the endless sprawl of greater Tokyo where I returned my rental car.

A week later I returned and successfully climbed the peak, using trains and buses to do a traverse of the peak in a day from Tokyo. In July the mountain was "open" and there were more people and services.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:479 ft / 145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.6 km
    Trailhead:Fujinomiya 5th Stage  7559 ft / 2303 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy

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