First snowshoe trip of the year

9:28 a.m. on January 22, 2014 (EST)
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The weather report here said there had been several days of heavy snow in the mountains outside of Kyoto, so I decided to go investigate for myself. I packed up my snowshoes and tarp (shelter for lunch) and headed out for a long day-hike.


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The snow was already getting deep midway up the climb to the ridgeline, which was around 1000m.


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Trail sign at the top of the climb...now the blissful ridge hiking begins!


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Looks like I'm not the first one out today.


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Lots of overhanging snow; I'm not actually as close to the edge as it looks!


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Looking down at Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. These mountains run the length of the western shore and top out at about 4000ft.


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Snow and more snow as I get near my first summit.

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A lone hiker in the distance, looks like a tough climb up...


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Nearing the next trail junction, close to my lunch spot for the day. I set up my MSR tarp with the help of some trees, dug out a space to sit with my snowshoes and fired up my stove for a hot lunch.


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Deep powder makes for tiring hiking. Beautiful though!


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Looking back at the hills along the ridge.


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Spot the guy on the summit? The sky started to brighten up as the sun tried to peak through the clouds on the left.


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My favorite shot of the trip. Finally saw some sunlight toward the end of the hike. A great day in a snow-white world. I'm planning to do an overnighter in the area sometime this winter, so more pictures to come!






 

11:19 a.m. on January 22, 2014 (EST)
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Love it!  Thanks for posting.  I camped out in the snow the other night but didn't have views like that.

8:13 a.m. on January 24, 2014 (EST)
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Nice hike, but it did make me a little tired looking at that deep snow.

8:46 a.m. on January 24, 2014 (EST)
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Thanks for the comments!

Patman,

I've learned to keep the mileage low when I snowshoe, because you never know what the conditions will be like. And yes, I'm back in Japan now :)  (until July).

9:17 a.m. on January 24, 2014 (EST)
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Nice pictures and report. I have never used snowshoes but would like to one day. 

July 28, 2014
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