Snowy day-hike in Shiga, Japan

8:32 a.m. on February 17, 2014 (EST)
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This year has been amazing for snowshoeing in the mountains near Kyoto--it just seems to keep snowing! Here are several photos from my latest trip.


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Already getting deep, even at the low elevations.

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Looking back downhill at the mountains in the distance.


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My goal for the day, Mt. Bunagatake.

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Shot of the summit ridge. Can you believe the main peak is only around 4000ft?


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Zoomed in on the summit. Lots of hikers out today.


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Clouds are finally starting to break.


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A view back down the ridge.


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Final push to the summit...the wind was really whipping.

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A couple parting shots as I head down before sunset. A tough, full-day climb up, but a great trip overall!

 

3:51 p.m. on February 17, 2014 (EST)
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Thanks Bigup!

 

I love the perspective of this shot:

 


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12:08 p.m. on February 18, 2014 (EST)
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Looks like nice country there in Japan. Are you just visiting or do you work in Japan and on a day off?

12:55 p.m. on February 18, 2014 (EST)
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Nice trip..You have some great shots..

9:18 a.m. on February 19, 2014 (EST)
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9:15 p.m. on February 19, 2014 (EST)
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Thanks for the comments!

Gary--I'm living in Japan for the year (which has actually turned into 1.5 yrs!) doing research for my dissertation. I'm planning to return to the US this summer. The mountains over here are very accessible from just about anywhere you go in the country. Long tradition of hiking as well. It really is a fantastic place to hike!

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