In August 2010 I will be hiking from the coast of the Sea of Japan to the Pacific coast (Toyama to Shikoku), traversing most of the north and south alps, and climbing all the 3000m plus peaks in Japan.

I want to provide a log for others who might try this and other long hikes, while keeping myself honest, on target and motivated for the trip. So I will write  about preparations, gear, hiking in Japan, and my own struggles and successes getting ready and going on this journey. Thanks for reading, commenting, and keeping me honest!

A bit more:

Currently a student at Waseda Univeristy leaching Japanese taxpayers hard-earned  money on a barley-earned scholarship.

Grew up in the beautiful Inland Northwest in US. Spokane, the birthplace of Father’s Day.

I enjoy music, hiking, my bicycle, and beer, good and bad.


Email: traversejapan at gmail dot com

Twitter: hamiltonshields

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hcshields


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