On Friday night 5th September, me and about 19 other ALTs gathered around
Mt. Fuji and began our long overnight climb. The weather was brilliant -
dry and clear. We started around 9pm and stepped carefully up the rocky
paths guided by our flashlights. We took oxygen canisters with us but there
were no nauseous casualties!
Although we started together, by the end most of us had split in to little
groups, climbing in pairs and congregating at the various stations or huts
along the top. Luckily, me and a few others enjoyed the rests at these huts
and timed our ascent well, as we reached summit at 4am,about 7hrs after
starting. Other adventurous lots got to the top by 1.30am but froze cold
under Mars [very visible and red here Japan the Moon, and the millions of
stars I have never seen before in my life! Hundreds and thousands
shimmering in all sorts of patterns! When we reached the top, we stood
around gathered anxiously by the edge of the Mountain brim in wait for
Looking very angry, the sky blazed a bright fiery orange at first, then a
cool purple blue and finally a pretty lilac pink! It warmed up quickly as
the sky changed colours.
At around about 5.30 am we explored the huge crater where fresh lava is
expected to erupt in the next few years, and took lots of photos that you
would normally expect to find on postcards.
Then down. How mundane and dirty. Boring zig-zagging down, down, down yet
never reaching the bottom. So monotonous. Red sand spraying as we skidded
and stumbled along.
By 9.30 we reached Station 5 again where we collapsed and baked in the
contrasting heat and longed for showers and sleep.
Now I ache.