Ascent of Fuji-san on 1996-08-17

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Date:Saturday, August 17, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:12388 ft / 3775 m

Ascent Trip Report

"He who climbs Fuji once is wise, he who climbs it twice is a fool". This wasn't one of my favorite hikes and once you hike Fuji you appreciate the wisdom of the Japanese proverb. Typical of composite cones, they're more attractive when viewed from below and afar; hiking them is another story. In this example, horrific crowds of people, cinder and ash trails (slippery), and typically poor weather (summer) is common on Fuji. I hiked via the Kawaguchiko Trail starting from the fifth station. Every place on this mountain is a tourist trap and the mountain is overdeveloped to say the least. The crater rim is a zoo: gift shops and porta pottys littering the mountain among the hardware. Interesting to see many Japanese people using the oxygen containers that they sell along the way (along with everything else). The higher you go, the more expensive the cost regardless of what you buy. Despite the negatives of Fuji it's admirable how the Japanese love their mountains and get out to climb them. Peakbagging is a well developed and pursued past time in Japan.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4820 ft / 1469 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Trailhead:5th Station  7568 ft / 2306 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds

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