Tag 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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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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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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