MOUNT HOTAKA “GENDARME”
ADVENTURER: KEI FUJIMOTO
The most dangerous course on the general climbing road in Japan.
Day 01: Rain, Day 02: Rain, Day 03: Cloudy, Day 04: Sunny
Backpack : Kifaru Xing (discountinued)
Triple Aught Design OP1, GPP2
Mil Spec Monkey: Stealth Compact Pouch
Helmet Ops-Core: Fast Base Jump helmet
ARAI Tent – RIPEN (Japan model)
Mat Mont-bell – U.L Comfort system Alpine pad
Insulation: Triple Aught Design – Ranger Hoodie LT
Arc’teryx Leaf E220 Riggers Harness
Kei: This course is in the North Alps and climbers of Japan long to climb it, despite it being treacherous. The start is Nishiho Sanso, a mountain hut, at an altitude of 2367m. The course is a world of rock and takes a good 10 hours. There is a domed rock crest called “Gendarme” (altitude of 3163m) on the way. Beyond that is Mt. Oku Hodaka (altitude 3190m) which is the third highest mountain in Japan.
I headed to Nagano prefecture from Osaka by a high Express bus. I climbed to the Trailhead at the ropeway and from there I headed to Nishiho Sanso, where I joined my friends. Then we made camp.
Standing by at the tent because of the rain.
I started the climb as it was sunny, but my fellows had to drop down so we broke camp then. I had lunch on “Gendarme” and then climbed Mt. Okuhodaka. I made camp at Hodaka Sanso, where there is now because of the high altitude.
I climbed down and went back to Osaka by Express bus. It was the most exciting adventure ever.