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A bunch of reports all wrapped up into one!


Sorry for the huge breaks between blogs everyone! It’s been a CRAZY few weeks with a bunch of day trips and camping trips all intertwining in a short period of time!

In a nutshell, here`s what you missed; a really great day hike along the Mt. Ihara and Mt. Raizan traverse just before heading off to the absolutely beautiful Shimanto River on Shikoku followed by a great time at this years’ “True Camp” event held in Kuju, and lastly a wonderful kayak camp to the “Mujinto” in Sasebo finishing off yesterday! And a abosolutely wonderful trip to Yakushima last weekend where we traversed almost half of the island!! “That’s the next blog to come!”

It may sound like I’m complaining but absolutely the opposite I’ve been having an awesome time and don’t want it to stop!!

Anyway back to the report;

Mt Ihara~Mt Raisan Sept 22nd

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This is one of my favourite local hikes and the weather for this trip was great, although when the clouds passed in front of the sun you could feel the coming autumn chill in the wind.

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The air was clear and once we reached the top and were walking along the ridgeline you caught really beautiful glimpses of Fukuoka on the right and of Saga on the left.

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Shimanto River Camp Sept 23rd ~25th

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After coming back from hiking up Raizan I met up with Matsumoto San from Southern Works and we headed by ferry for a wonderful weekend of camping and kayaking along the Kuroson River. Our original plan was to kayak down the Shimanto but because of the recent typhoon that passed by just days before the water level was high enough that we could kayak down the Kuroson River, a beautiful tributary that is usually too low to paddle down.

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After dinner and a campfire the night sky was so clear you could even see the milky way, these pics are best seen with the lights off!

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It was a great few days with a really wonderful family and their 3 kids were a ton of fun!! I took a lot of video and am going to try my hand at some easy video editing and once it`s done I`ll put it on Youtube.

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True Camp 2011, Oct 2nd ~3rd

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Had another great time at this years` True Camp Event. The event stage had changed from Misato in Kumamoto to the Kuju Highlands which for me, as the hiking guide, was awesome! On the Saturday we tried our first night hike which was really cool, part way through we turned off all of our headlamps to just soak up the atmosphere and the haunting deer call from deep in the forest really helped with that!

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The next day after a bit of morning yoga I guided a group up to the western peak of Mt. Mimata which is the big mountain with 3 summits, that you see when you stop at Chojobaru in the Kuju Highlands.

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In the morning there were low lying clouds so I wasn`t sure if we would be able to see anything from the top but by the time we got there the clouds had lifted a bit giving us a really nice view.

Sasebo Kayak Camp Oct 5th ~6th

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A mid week camping trip a really cool way to break up a hectic work week! I picked up a wonderful Austrian couple at Hakata station Wednesday morning and we headed off to Sasebo for kayaking. Wednesday was cloudy with scattered showers to keep us nice and cool for the trip out but by the time we reached the campsite the rain had lifted and by the time we finished dinner we started to see stars coming out.

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The next morning we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and after that a big blue sky covered us as we around a few islands as we slowly made our way back.

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Well there`s the quick version of a lot of fun times. If you want to hear more details feel free to stop by the shop for a chat next week. Now I have to head off to clean up from all this fun!!

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Stay tuned for the yakushima blog, I promise it will come sooner than this one ok!!

Happy trails!!


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