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Recently back from an overnight trip to the Yatsugatake Mts. in Nagano, Japan. It's starting to warm up quite a bit, so the only way to find good snowshoeing is to go higher up! This was my highest altitude trip since arriving in Japan six months ago--spent the night in a hut at 8000ft and topped out at about 8300ft.
The free winter hut, my home for the night. Thought I might get the hut to myself, but a climber showed up just before dark with a massive pack and a lot of clanky things... Oh well, the more the merrier.
I lingered quite a while snapping photos and thinking about plans for spring/summer hikes...