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Merr yChristmas!


Hi everyone I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you some cool mountain gear. Usually I find it a little hard to get into the Christmas feel here in Fukuoka but this year it actually snowed which made for a real Christmas feeling.

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For me what goes along with Christmas is knowing that the winter mountain season is upon us and to kick things off this year I thought go big or go home, so we took on the tallest mountain on Kyushu, Mt. Naka in the Kuju Highlands.

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We started from Makinoto Pass and on the way up the first grind we could see that Rime Frost had formed on the bushes higher up. Rime Frost is ice that forms when the water droplets in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects and it freezes to the windward or wind-facing side of tree branches, or any type of solid object and it’s just beautiful!

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After a short Rime Frost photo shoot we headed further up until Mt. Kuju came into view, past the Kuju Juction and on towards Mt. Naka. Between the Kuju Junction and Mt. Naka there is a small lake that freezes over in winter that you can actually walk across. It always brings back a lot of memories of playing hockey with my friends on a frozen lake back in Canada!

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After getting a few good laughs watching Mana trying to cross the lake we found a good spot to kick back for lunch and while Dave took a smoke break and Mie San kept Mana busy I made the perfect dish for a winter adventure, Kimuchi Nabe!! Just the thing to warm you up!

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With warm bellies we made our way to the summit and were rewarded with just a beautiful view of Bogatsuru and even Mt. Yufu. The wind at the top was blazing but it was still awesome! Making our way back the lake we had a short coffee break before heading down under a spectacular evening sky.

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Mt. Naka was a great way to start off the winter hiking season. Our next tour will be “Hatsu Hi No De” or the first sunrise of the new year starting in the wee hours of Jan 1st, followed by “Hatsu Nobori” or the first hike of the year taking place on Jan 9th. If you feel like starting the new year off right and want to join us on any of these fun tours see the Amarok Schedule for more details.

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and thank you all for your support throughout the year!


2010.12.26 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート


Looks Awesome

Looks really awesome!I’m glad to see that everyone is having such a great time。And congratulations on opening up the new shop、really looking forward to seeing the photos from that party!

2011-01-10 月 02:53:44 | URL | Ben #NrnKrJ0U [ 編集]

Hey Ben!

Happy New Year Ben!

How ya doing? 
It was a great tour、and thanks for the congrats!
Next time you’re in Fukuoka make sure you stop by ok!

2011-01-13 木 08:45:16 | URL | John #- [ 編集]



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