I spent the last few days climbing Fujisan. I only had 3 hours of sleep before arriving at the mountain, so I’m sure that impaired some of my climbing ability. But, I still made it to the top! The temperature was in the 30’s – 40’s (f), but the wind was completely insane and brought the temperature to below freezing. There were times when there was icicles on the hood of the jacket. Throughout the climbs I endured rain, hail, massive winds, and incredibly slippery rocks.
Now, let me say, there are two different ways you can climb Fujisan. One way is to take a rope walkway to the top, and encounter a few stations and a small hotel on the way there. To me, that isn’t climbing a mountain at all. If anything, it’s more like hiking a mountain. That wasn’t the route I took. The way I took was a completely vertical climb, with angles up to 60 degrees. With rocks constantly slipping under you, winds never letting up, and rain pouring down on you. There is almost no such thing as shelter on this climb. Every now and then you would encounter a big rock that would give you a little break from the wind, but that’s it.
Spent a total of 18 hours ascending and descending the mountain, and have to say I’m pretty proud of myself!