I have to say, I don’t think any of us expected the descent to be like it was.
This is the beginning and it was just like this the whole way down! Sliding (as if we were ice skating almost) through this volcanic sand/gravel that got in our shoes and destroyed our knees for 5 hours!
At this point i think we were all very proud of our accomplishment but just wanted to get off the damn mountain! Really can’t complain about the views though – since we didn’t get to see any of our surroundings during the climb at night the scenery was pretty stunning. The hills below look like paper cut-outs and the clouds make it all look so ethereal, don’t you think?
This picture was accidental. I have about 5 pictures that I took without meaning too – it was difficult to control my freezing, swollen fingers after 8 hours of hiking – give me a break! Anyway I actually think this one came out pretty cool.
Look at those tiny little people (this picture is best enlarged!). During the last couple hours we got to walk through the clouds – the air was so cool and crisp… just like Washington (and nothing like Tokyo!). Ahh..there are indeed some things I’m excited about returning home for.
Entering the clouds! I think Ben is the only one who managed not to slip at all during that descent. The rest of us sure made up for that though.
And finally, around 9:30 am, we reached level 5 of the mountain again! Unfortunately we had taken the wrong path down the mountain so we had to pay an extra 1400yen to take a bus back to the location we were supposed to catch the bus at. I guess all in all I spent around $100 on this little adventure. And then, to top it off.. they were charging for use of the bathrooms!
To quote Ben, “These people are demons.” Hahaha no seriously though, I get that they need to make money for maintainence purposes but this just seemed a little cruel. : P
Anyway that’s all as far as mountain climbing goes! Let me know if you ever climb it – I’d love to hear about it! I know I sound super whiney but it was a great experience! Thanks for reading along. : )
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