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Magnificent Lake Okutama

20 November 2018


Japan-Okutama-Lake-Hiking - Magnificent Lake Okutama

Well that all took longer than expected. So long that I didnt even come back to the hotel between todays activity and dinner, more on that later, ....

Hiking with others

17 November 2018


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kawanori - Hiking with others

Today was a long day, a long day hiking near Tokyo on a Saturday, which meant there were other people. At times lots of other people, but at other....

All about the bridge

15 November 2018


Japan-Nagasaki-Bridge-Tunnel - All about the bridge

As you shall see, today is all about the bridge, but also a tunnel, and also Mitsubishi, and also a more than 30km great loop around the Nagasaki ....

And now for the view

3 May 2018


China-Hangzhou-West Lake-Temple of God - And now for the view

Hangzhou was nice the last time I came here, apart from the areas that were huge muddy holes in the ground with all the buildings removed on both ....

The west lake of the northern capital

17 April 2018


China-Beijing-Summer Palace - The west lake of the northern capital

Today I went to another top tourist attraction, the summer palace. I had never been there before. Parts of it are modeled on the famous west lake ....

A really long journey to a really big wall

16 April 2018


China-Great Wall-Mutianyu - A really long journey to a really big wall

The pollution came back, but the weather is still good. Its Monday so crowds should be low, time to go to the great wall of China. When I went in ....

All the views

11 November 2017


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - All the views

OK, I took 43 pictures today, so this description will be brief, and lacking any kind of tangents or bonus observations not related to the day. I ....

Primordial typhoon deer attack

3 November 2017


Japan-Nara-Hiking-Deer - Primordial typhoon deer attack

Today I went to Nara, fought off a lot of deer, walked 35km including through a primordial forest, and was again thwarted by the typhoon from goin....

Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

27 October 2017


Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Kunozan Toshogu-Hiking - Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

Today I took a train, walked through the city then strolled up a small mountain, took in the view of Fuji, hopped on a short ropeway ride across a....

Ropes and ladders

30 March 2017


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Wuliaojian - Ropes and ladders

Its my last full day in Taiwan, so its time for one last mountain! According to most people, its the greatest mountain possible to climb in a day ....

Windy teapot

28 March 2017


Taiwan-Jiufen-Hiking-Teapot Mountain - Windy teapot

There were 3 things I was sure I wanted to do whilst in Taiwan on this trip. Go to Taroko gorge, go to sun moon lake, and climb the teapot mountai....

Engorged

10 March 2017


Taiwan-Hualien-Taroko Gorge - Engorged

Today I went to Taroko Gorge, one of Taiwans 2 main tourist attractions. Dont worry I am going to the other one as well later in my trip. I know y....

White flag

5 November 2016


Japan-Sendai-Omoshiroyama-Hiking-Yamadera - White flag

Today I had to wave the white flag and retreat back down a mountain I did not even intend to climb. The plan was to go to a remote station with a ....

Terrible sign failure

30 October 2016


Japan-Sapporo-Hiking-Snow-Mount Soranuma - Terrible sign failure

I thought there might be a bit of snow. Turns out there was endless snow. I thought it might be cold on top of a mountain, turns out it was absolu....

Volcanic gas panic

23 October 2016


Japan-Tateyama-Kurobe-Alpine-Hiking - Volcanic gas panic

Today I climbed one of Japans 3 sacred mountains located on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The alpine route goes from Toyama, across, above and....

Thousands of flying creatures

7 June 2016


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Thousands of flying creatures

Somehow I deleted what I wrote here? No idea how. Oh well. I think it spoke about how I climbed the mountain swatting at various bugs.

I made it in 9 hours

5 June 2016


Germany-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Hiking-Zugspitze-Snow - I made it in 9 hours

It was a long fun day. Opinions were mixed on if climbing the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze (2962m), was possible so early in the season.....

Other people

23 November 2015


Japan-Fukuoka-Hiking-Mount Homan-Dazaifu - Other people

Its a national holiday, theres only one mountain of note that people living here go to, its peak leaf season, the internet warned of jam packed tr....

Not a bad view

16 November 2015


Japan-Hiroshima-Hiking-Kawajiri-Norosan - Not a bad view

Theres not a lot of mountains near Hiroshima, but I found them anyway. Todays mountain of sorts, was called Mount Noro, which is in Kure city sout....

Grey day on a bald mountain

13 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Hiking-Fujiwaragatake - Grey day on a bald mountain

Its Friday the 13th. I cant quite provide a night on a bald mountain to celebrate, but I can instead go up a bald mountain on a very grey day. I s....

Long day at altitude

10 November 2015


Japan-Nagoya-Mount Gozaisho-Hiking - Long day at altitude

Today was an excellent, long day. So long in fact that I was gone almost 12 hours. I opened google maps and scrolled around until I saw mountains.....

Rockfall

24 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Dobongsan - Rockfall

The last mountain! It was the most technically challenging, with lots of sheer rock faces to ascend with footholds and cables and opportunities to....

Yellow sand day

22 March 2015


Korea-Seoul-Hiking-Bukhansan-Baegundae - Yellow sand day

Sorry to disappoint, but it is again mountain hike day. Todays hike was to Baegundae peak in the hugely popular Bukhansan national park, by far th....

Rain gone, mountain time

19 March 2015


Korea-Gwangju-Hiking-Mudeungsan - Rain gone, mountain time

I woke up excited, mountain day! I leapt out of bed and felt minor pain, in my ribs. My bed is so hard I believe I have bruised ribs whilst sleepi....

Great wall of Korea

12 March 2015


Korea-Busan-Hiking-Geumjung - Great wall of Korea

In about 1600, Korea and Japan were having one of their regular wars. To stop this, Korea decided to build a wall along the mountains that surroun....

Its the final mountain

26 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Guanyinshan - Its the final mountain

It was with a deep sadness that today I ascended my final mountain of this trip. Tomorrow I fly out of Taipei at 19:30, connection in Hong Kong at....

Me vs the volcano

23 March 2014


Taiwan-Taipei-Hiking-Yangmingshan - Me vs the volcano

Today I went to Yangmingshan national park, just north of Taipei. I have been there before and got lost, its huge, theres a lot of different peaks....