29th-30th July 2014: Mt Fuji climb

I woke up at 7:45am to get ready for a Mt Fuji climb today with my friend..

Meeting with friend for Mt Fuji climb! I realized that water is so heavy! Backpack is really heavy!

I met up with my friend we headed to the station for the hardest route, the Gotemba route.

This is a giant Waraji slipper at the station.
 
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As we arrived a bit too late and missed one of the buses, we decided to go to Fujiya to eat some lunch.

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I made sure to eat some food that would give me lots of energy.
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Waiting at the bus stop.
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On the bus to the 5th Station on the mountain located at the midpoint.

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At the 5th station.

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This anime made me climb this mountain.

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We were silly and spent too long at the 5th station taking pictures, that it was getting later and later.

We headed off to climb the mountain.
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There is some vegetation near the start of the climb.

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The next hut not so far from the first one.
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Getting my climbing stick stamped.

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After a lot of climbing, it started to get quite dark.

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Finding our way in the darkness.
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We eventually made it to the mountain hut that we booked, but we arrived about 2am so we just went in there and fell asleep.

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Was uncomfortable, but we were too exhausted.

We woke up the next day and had missed the sunrise. It was probably 10am.

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On the top of Mt Fuji

My goal was to send a post card home from this post office.. but it was closed! We were too late!!

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The crater.

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The never ending trail down with very soft slippery ash and stones.

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Trying to find the way back.

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Hours later…

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Lost and separated in the darkness.. we finally reunited at the 5th station exhausted.

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We took a taxi back and got them to book a hotel for us to stay over at.

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