Ascent of Misen on 2009-08-11

Climber: Paul Nitkowski

Date:Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:1755 ft / 534 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not a particularly difficult climb but very interesting. Mt. Misen is located on Miyajima Island which is home to the UNESCO world heritage site, Itsukushima Shrine. The Shrine was built over 800 years ago and has the distinctive orange "Torii" gate that is often seen as one of the symbols of Japan. The weather in the Summer is very HOT and humid, but other than that the climb was pretty easy (take enough fluids if it is Summer). Near the summit you approach a shrine where they keep an "eternal flame" that they have kept burning for over 800 years! The top of the mountain is also inhabited by wild monkeys, which gives it a kind of interesting flair to it. Some interesting rock formations at the top. Also a beautiful view of the Japanese inland sea from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1755 ft / 534 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Humid, hot!
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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