Category Archives: Preparations

Storm Before the Calm: Heading Out in Less than a Week

Like the two weeks before any big hike, these have been crazy. Without artistry or brevity, here is what’s been happening to make the big hike happen: Accomplished: Canyoning trip in Hakuba. Absolutely necessary to prepare for any big hike. Pictures may be … Continue reading

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What’s Cheaper, Lighter and More Breathable than an E-Bivy? My MYoG Tyvek Bivy

As I’ve noted before, becoming a light-weight hiker can be a rather expensive process (and a lengthy one if you want something from MLD). I am on a budget and a schedule, so I’ve had to be a bit creative. After … Continue reading

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Do You Need Permission to Enjoy Nature?

We were naked in the out door bath after a great hike in Hokkaido (hike pictures).  The hot spring was on the shore of an enormous and ancient crater lake overlooked by our goal, now completed: There is something very masculine about looking … Continue reading

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Training Hike 3: Reasons to hike when it rains

US had just got robbed in the Slovenia game, I was drunk, it was 130am, and I had to be up in 4 hours to catch the train. “Hiking in the rain will be nice…I can try the umbrella…” I … Continue reading

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Training hike 2: Kamakura Trail Run

Temples, shrines, jungly hills, ocean views, and a (relatively) quiet beach: all make for a great 10k training run. After passing a couple old temples crowed with tourists, the run began with a hundred or so meters of vertical climb, … Continue reading

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Strategic Planning

Problem: Get really excited about something, think a lot about it for three weeks, don’t do it. Theory: The internet provides  by an ample number of blogs, and then some, that deal with fixing this very common problem. Seth Godin’s … Continue reading

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Training Hike 1

The first hike since I decided on The Journey. Went out with 4 friends and the lady friend to Mitake and Odake, in the far corner of Tokyo Prefecture. Great temp, but clouds kept us from views of the city … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter

I’ve got the pack. The bag is good enough. I made the stove. Runners? Check. But where to sleep…. Constraints on the choice: Yari-ga-take campsite: exposed ridge at over 3000m, lots of wind. Camping below 500m, in the woods, near roads, … Continue reading

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Planning: Everybody loves a spreadsheet!

The Biggest Challenge: Actually convincing myself I am going to do this. So,  I started a blog and made a spreadsheet; both of these things convinced me that I am actually serious about hiking across Japan. You can check out … Continue reading

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始めましょう

I’ve often day dreamed about long walks in Japan. Kyushu to Hokkaido, the 88 Temples of Shikoku, etc etc.  But, I’ve also hoped they would solve my spiritual issues, give me the ‘crazy’ experience that all good youth need, etc … Continue reading

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