8 comments on “Utsugi + Kisokomagadake – Traumatised

  1. Perhaps the traverse from Utsugi would have been the more peaceful way. How will you manage to get the dog up Fuji, I wonder?

    In my genki days, I attempted an Utsugi-Houken-Komagatake traverse, but after climbing to the hut at the summit of Utsugi from the bus stop, the next day a typhoon came through and blew me back down the way I’d come. Someday, I’ll have to go back and make use of the ropeway to get to Houken and Komagatake.

  2. Hi Bob,

    Good to know you’re still out there and a pity we could not meet up near Naeba.

    If you can manage to get to Kiso on a weekday, I think it would be much more enjoyable. The altitude gain is only 350 meters.

    On Fuji, I’m more concerned about paw lacerations from the sharp rock, based on other dog owners’ reports. Apparently there is a dog living in one of the huts. We’ll certainly go at night, so will be less conspicuous.

  3. Wow, this post made me angry. What an ass that guy was, and how very rude of him. I’m very glad you didn’t back down. Chin up!

    Thinking about it, you might want to be careful on the approach to Takatsuma when you go up that one – the path to the trailhead leads through a ranch. Maybe one for judicious use of the carry case. Just a thought!

  4. Congrats on conquering the peaks of the Central Alps. Looks like you had nice weather. I agree with Chris about that crazy guy. Who does he think he is, the owner of the mountain or something? He’s probably the same person who wears a bear bell in places where no bears would ever go – talk about scaring wildlife away!

    I can empathize with your loss of nerves. No one likes to get yelled at, especially for no reason!

  5. Thanks Chris and Wesu for the support, it really means a lot. The experience has unnerved me, but I’m determined not to be beaten by such people. If I thought the dog damaged the wildlife or mountains in any way, I would not take her.

    Thanks too for the advice on Takatsuma. It’s a piston route, so I will use the carrycase to go through the ranch and then hide it in the bushes once on the trail.

  6. Sorry to hear of the disagreeable experience on Komagatake – wonder where this widespread phobia about dogs in the mountains comes from …. In Switzerland, you’ll be glad to hear, there’s quite a bit of canine alpinism. We met one alsatian with its owners on a PD route near Zurich – I asked what grade the dog climbed and was told up to IV. That would get you up quite a few mountains. Then there’s the well known staffer of Baechli Sports, a gear shop, who takes his hound on ski-tours – the dog runs alongside rather than skis, but is fully equipped with his own avalanche transceiver and even boot/crampons for icy slopes. So Hana would be welcomed here. Good luck with Fuji: as you say, the challenge there is the mountain. Boots might make sense (for Hana, that is…)

  7. It’s heartening to hear that rationality prevails in Switzerland! The dog phobia in Japan is bizarre, especially given the fact that no one bats an eyelid about the blanketing of sawas with concrete.

    Boots and crampons on a dog? I would love to see a photo. Sadly, I could not find them for sale on baechli-bergsport’s website.

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