I don’t know if anyone is still checking out these old pages, but I’m in the process of migrating them over to my new site:
(There have been a number of multi-year snafus that have prevented me from making these changes until now, involving an account lockout due to phone water damage, a domain held hostage, and a Gravatar of Valtteri Bottas).
See you on the other side.
Asahidake (旭岳, 2291m) is a reasonably popular mountain for new hikers in Hokkaido, due to its ease of access, short(ish) climb, and stunning views from the summit. Kurodake (黒岳, 1984 m) tends to attract the same sort of person: nature-lovers looking for a taste of the big alpine. In between the two are the vast rolling massifs of the Daisetsuzan, the huge mountain range that can be seen from almost anywhere in Hokkaido, given a clear enough day. And for a great sense of what the Daisetsuzan as a whole has to offer, the hike around the massive crater of Ohachi-daira is without equal. Continue reading “Ohachi-daira Loop お鉢平往復”
August 5, 2016
Nipesotsu-yama (ニペソツ山, 2013 m) enjoys weirdly little name-recognition within the English-language hiking community. I say ‘weirdly’ because Nipesotsu features all the multi-peak vistas of the Rausu-Iozan traverse in Shiretoko matched with the mountain-goat volcanic-ejecta-boulder-hopping of the approach to Tomuraushi—and can be completed in one day. So like, why is it only this year that I’ve started seeing foreigners climbing it? And why did it take me this long to climb it myself? Continue reading “Nipesotsu-yama ニペソツ山”
July 23, 2016
Niseikaushuppe-yama (ニセイカウシュッペ山, 1879 m) is a huge lump of a mountain sitting just north of Sounkyo and, like Kamihorokamettoku-yama and Kamuiekuuchikaushi-yama, bears a name you will have to repeat a couple of times before you get it. It’s one of those Ainu names that actually stands in place of a whole noun phrase: here, “the thing that sits above the gorge,” with reference to Sounkyo. It’s an old mountain as far as hiking goes, and as such is littered with abandoned trails. Continue reading “Niseikaushuppe-yama ニセイカウシュッペ山”
July 3, 2016
The number of days I have left to climb Hokkaido’s mountains is rapidly dwindling. So despite a very unfriendly weather forecast, I tucked my chin and decided to charge headfirst up Nagayama-dake (永山岳, 1978 m) with Sam the other weekend. The trail is known for being particularly quiet–and indeed, we didn’t see a single other soul on the mountain. We did, however, get very cold and very wet. Which might have explained the scarcity of other climbers.
Continue reading “Nagayama-dake 永山岳”
June 19, 2016
A couple of weekends ago I headed out with Sam to maybe my favorite mountain in Hokkaido: Midori-dake (緑岳, 2019.9 m). It sits above maybe my favorite onsen in Hokkaido–Daisetsu Kogen Onsen, known for its milky white waters, its huge bubbling fumaroles, and the fact that it is open for precisely 123 days. In fact, their website lists the number of days they will be open left in the season–and not much else.
Continue reading “Midori-dake 緑岳”
This one is a little bit… niche. But I think that it’s something a lot of folks have noticed: ads employing liberal use of exclamation marks. Continue reading “On the exclamation mark”