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A weekend chillin’ out in Bogatsuru


Well the long Kyushu winter season is almost over, all 2 months of it! But not before we had a chance to get out for some overnight wintery fun in Bogatsuru. We packed up the stuff we’d need and headed into the wilderness.

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It was Mie San and Yukiko San’s first overnight trip into the mountains so there were some “am I going to be ok???”looks going around but after reassuring them they felt better…..I think?

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We slowly made our way through the forest and up to Bogatsuru where we setup our gear in the new hut that was built last year. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the area and eating, and eating, and oh yeah, eating!!

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After a yummy supper ( I always seem to say that about whatever I cook eh?) we headed to the relaxing onsen before finally tucking ourselves into our sleeping bags and heading off to sleep.

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The next morning we woke up and headed to Mt. Taisen, the tallest peak closest to us. The trail was still covered with snow so we put our crampons on early and crunched up the mountain.

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Looking behind us from time to time the scenery opened up and we knew we were in for a treat at the top. We were not wrong! Although it was a partly cloudy day, the clouds were at a high altitude and the air was so clear. We could see for miles and miles. From the top of Mt. Taisen we could see mountains from 4 separate prefectures and if I was right possibly Saga too!

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The top of Mt. Taisen was also the only place with Rime Frost (霧氷) still covering some of the trees but we could hear the sound of ice cracking as it melted. The sound brought back memories of diving on coral reefs.

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Bogatsuru Panorama

The trip down the mountain was a lot faster than the hike up as we chose the fun way to travel, Butt sliding!!

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Reaching the lodge in a hour we packed up our stuff, had lunch and then headed back to the car. We were just about to hit the wooded part of the trail when I looked across the beautiful Bogatsuru meadow went I saw something that just wasn’t a bush. I wasn’t sure what it was so I took a picture and zoomed it to see a big boar watching us head home, I almost had the feeling like he was saying “Thank you for coming and please come again!”, or maybe it was more like “Hey that Shephards cute!” anyway whatever he was thinking he made for a great finish to a wonderful trip bringing back a feeling of wilderness that you don’t normally get.

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On the way we stopped by my favorite waterfall to see it partially frozen before heading back to the truck. It was a really fun camping trip, giving the girls the experience of carrying everything they need to be self sufficient for a day, and although the pack was heavier than a day trip they really seemed to have a good time.

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Our next scheduled camping trip is the Mt. Kunimi trailhead camp on the 16th and 17th of April. If you want a really easy start to outdoor camping why not join us and come see the beautiful Shakunage covered mountains of Kumamoto.

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Happy Trails!


2011.02.27 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート


Look at all the cool stuff!

AF tenjikai

Hey everyone, had a really fun day today! Today was the A&F Retailer Exhibition, one of the cool places you get to go to when you open a store! There was a whole bunch of cool stuff but the things that caught most of my attention were from Outdoor Research, and Gregory, a couple of manufacturers I’ve liked for a long time.

The thing that I was most impressed with was the Mens Z series and the Womens Jade series of packs, a couple products I definitely plan on having in the shop. These are both well constructed packs with the Crossflo DTS system.

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Gregory Mens Z 40 Pack, Gregory Womens Jade 38

With the mens a 40 litre pack and the Womens a 38 litre pack they are both small enough to be a great daypack while also being large enough for that quick overnight trip. If these packs have caught your interest like they have mine, feel free to ask me about these great outdoor products. I can't wait to get mine for the new hiking season!

I won’t be in the shop this weekend as we are heading out for a great camping trip to Bogatsuru in the Kuju Highlands. Keep an eye out for the tour report when we get back.

Happy Trails!

2011.02.16 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ギア情報


Long Weekend Search Call-out


Last Saturday we received a call from the Kyushu Rescue Dog Association about a search being held in the Omuta area of Fukuoka. A 91 year old man, living alone, went missing last Thursday. Even after an extensive search by local area residents there was still no sign of him, so we got the call.


About 8 KRDA members from all over Kyushu came out for the search. After a short meeting about how to conduct the search we all headed out to our respected search areas but the morning search came up with nothing.


In the afternoon while some of us were searching other areas, Imazato San with his wife and SAR dog Cross did another detailed search around the missing persons house and found him in a deep ravine just behind the house. The area was covered in thick bush making him visually hard to find but Cross managed to pick up the scent, good job Cross.


Although it was an unfortunate ending it was good to have him found so he can be laid to rest properly and knowing that although he lived alone many people from the community cared about him and we are all sorry for their loss.

2011.02.15 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | 救助犬ログ


A Nice Day at Nansho

Hey everybody, are you enjoying the nice change in the weather? Although I love the winter it is nice to get a few warm days in from time to time, but before it warmed up too much we did get a chance to see “Nansho ga Taki” the frozen waterfall one more time.


Last week I had a cool request, an elderly man from Sasebo really wanted to go and see the waterfall so he could take pictures to use as the model for a painting he wanted to do. So we headed up yesterday with the sun nice and warm, we took our time and the trail wasn’t too slippery, there was still snow at the higher levels.

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When we reached the waterfall it was still breathtakingly frozen and Baba San seemed really happy to finally get his pictures. He hasn’t had much experience in the outdoors and was having a really good time sitting and enjoying lunch in the great outdoors.

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I asked him that once his painting is finished I would really appreciate a photo, so once he sends it I’ll post it on a future blog.


The next time we'll be heading out to the mountains is over the long weekend February 11,12 and 13, so if your still looking for something fun to do, let's go for a hike!

2011.02.07 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート


A day in the shop

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Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Mana and I’ll be in the shop all day today. Our plans for hiking have been put off for a day. Tomorrow we’ll be going up to the frozen Nansho ga taki for probably the last time this year.

みなさんおはよう~ 今日の山プランは明日に変更になりました。今日は一日お店におります。明日はまた難所ヶ滝に行きます、今年の最後かもしれません。

If you don’t have any plans for today why not stop by for a visit。


Until next time!

2011.02.05 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | ツアー情報


Shiragadake Tour

Sunrise over Shiragadake and surrounding mountains from Hitoyoshi

If any of you have seen the news recently then I’m sure you’ve heard about the volcanic eruption in Miyazaki. Shinmoedake is the name of the volcano and it’s right smack dab in the middle of Mt. Karakuni and Mt. Takachiho, 2 of our more popular hiking areas. So until everything settles down we can’t go to the Ebino plateau, but we can do the next best thing. We can go to a mountain where we can see all the activity from a safe place.

View of Ebino Kogen from Shiragadake

Mt. Shiragadake is that mountain, situated on the bottom edge of Kumamoto prefecture just before Miyazaki, a relatively easy hike with a great view of the Ebino Plateau and Shinmoedake! This weekend the weather looks pretty good so on Saturday the 5th we’re planning to head down to check out all the action.

If you want to check out mother nature’s awesome power at work why not come and join us for this rarely seen event. Afterward we’ll head to Hitoyoshi for some yummy gyoza before heading home.

Check out the Amarok schedule for more details.

We wish everyone who has been affected by the eruption all the best and stay safe.

2011.02.02 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアー情報

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