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NSGA Kami Seya, Japan .. 1953-1955
Climbing Mt. Fuji
Images from David Boner (former CT3)

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Fuji - No Snow
August is the most popular climbing time, there is usually no snow.
The peak is visible as a dark point centered in the cloud.

Steam Train
We took a Steam Train up through the lowlands to Mt Fuji.

Water Wheel
A field water wheel for movement for water from one area
to another.

Winding Rails
Attempt to capture the end of the train as we snaked our
way along.

Harvest Time
Stacks of straw along the way.

The Climb
We rode a bus to the 7,000 foot level. Climbers are provided
with poles they may have branded at each 1,000 ft.

Pathways in the Clouds
As you climb (a gradual gradient) through the
clouds, the view is one of pathways.

Near the Peak
We started about 5PM and arrived at the peak about
12 midnight. Dave Boner photoraphed by Stu Sutherland.

Torii at Sunrise
After a few hours sleep, we arose at sunrise.

Torii at Sunrise
After a few hours sleep, we arose at sunrise.

Shinto Rituals
Shintos go through their religious rituals.

Lava Ash Wall
This shows both climbing poles of Dave and Stu. The flags were
purchased in a provisions house built of lava ash chunks.

The Peak 12,395 feet
Left front, the laval wall flows down to the several laval
chunkhouses. In the background, the torii gateways for
Shinto worship.

A Rest
A concession house, Dave and Stu are taking
a badly needed rest.

The Fuji Volcano Crater
The volcanic crater is located in the center of the peak,
it drops down 200 to 300 feet.

Crater View
Apparently, the Fuji volcano has become active once again in
the late 1990's. This is a little dangerous overhang shot.

Looking Back
Leaving the peak, and looking back toward the torii gateways.

A Lava Slide
The lava slide became our quick way down the mountain.
With giant steps we slide softly down to about the 5000 ft. level.

Valley View
Looking back at Mt Fuji. Heading back to Kami Seya
in time for our mid-watch.

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