I already wrote about my gear following my Yakushima Trek (read here), but Kiwi Sig Other thinks it'd be interesting for y'all to see what it looks like and how I pack. I'm just a beginner backpacker (lifetime 3 overnight backpacking trips) and made my gear choices based on other peoples' great blogs and Youtube … Continue reading Shinetsu Trail: What was in my pack?
While I was still chained to my desk bored to death, I started reading a lot of outdoor adventuring books. I made a category on my Kindle titled "Adventuring" that made me happy. Here are the four books that most inspired me. (Click the photo of each book for my Amazon affiliate link.) Desert Solitaire by … Continue reading An Armchair Adventurer’s Reading List
The Shinetsu Trail is an 80 kilometer trail from Mt. Madarao to Mt. Amamizu along the ridge that separates Nagano and Niigata prefectures.
Ah, springtime in Tokyo. The time of the year when you seek an easy weekend day hike to get a nice view of Mt. Fuji while it still has a snow cap. I hiked Seihachiyama (清八山) with friends on May 20 and it was the best view of Mt. Fuji I have ever seen. Unlike … Continue reading Day Hike from Tokyo: Seihachiyama (清八山)
What hiking blog would be complete without a post about gear? On my Yakushima trip, I finally got to test out my “big three” pieces of gear that I collected in anticipation of my JMT hike. (Disclaimer: I'm testing out some Amazon affiliate links in this post. So, yeah, I'm really cool and you want to be just like me. So buy all the same things I have so I can make money and never have to go back to a desk job.)
So, you've read about my Yakushima adventure and want to plan your own. This post provides information about my trip that may be relevant to your trip planning.
I’ve started talking to myself. I’m praying to the weather gods out loud: “Thanks for all the awesome weather this trip so far. Thank you for holding off the rain. Please keep holding off the rain.” I’m cheering myself on: “Go team! Good job, Ankles. That’s it, Knees. Just hang in there for another hour. We’ve all been together 35 years and no one has failed us yet. Guess what? We are pretty bad ass! I promise to take good care of you. (When this is over.) We’re going to the onsen!”