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Ascent of Misen on 2005-06-04

Climber: Carlos Ross

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Misen
    Location:Japan
    Elevation:1755 ft / 534 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started with a walk out to the Miyajima torii before deciding to ascend. In retrospect, I was utterly and completely unprepared, had insufficient supplies, and woefully out of shape, but this ascent put on the track to being a better, fitter me, and I *did* it. Took Omoto Route up - lots of deer in the lowlands, roughly 25 species of birds overall. The Omoto Route had partial washouts at the time caused by a particularly nasty typhoon the previous year (2004). Certain sections about 2/3 of the way up were almost scrambles as a result. This is far less traveled and longer than the more direct Daishoin Route, but the views here are top notch, especially ascending the slope of Komagabayashi.

In my hurry to reach the summit of Misen, I flat-out missed the trail junction for Komagabayashi. Just as well, as had I also summited this peak, I would have missed the last ropeway down, and probably the last ferry back to the mainland, but I missed this by just 100 yards. Ouch!

"Shou ga nai ne..."

I hiked last part of the climb with a tourist from Malta. I walked past an eternal flame shrine (wow!) then got to the top where I was greeted by ... a convenience store. Oh, Japan. Took the stairs to the top of the building for a 360 degree view of the Inland Sea! After walking through a troop of monkeys, I caught the last scheduled ropeway down for the afternoon, lucked out a bit there as by this point I was gassed. Unbelievable vistas of the Inland Sea from many vantage points, and there was even an osprey nest alongside the ropeway on the way down.

I can't recommend this enough -- come for the summit, stay for the culture. Beautiful, wonderful, magical island, and I hope to return someday.

UPDATE:
Came back to the island on a rainy April day (2017-04-06) though hiking was precluded by the bad weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1755 ft / 534 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1755 ft / 534 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, humid, sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1755 ft / 534 m
    Route:Omoto Route
    Start Trailhead:Miyajima Ferry  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1755 ft / 534 m
    Route:Miyajima Ropeway / Momijidani Route
    End Trailhead:Miyajima Ferry  0 ft / 0 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Carlos Ross
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