On the opening day of mount Fuji in 2017, we climbed mount Fuji! Sadly, because of the five hour long way home, and the limited sun hours, we decided to decend at 3200 meters. But we met a lot of nice people!
Because it was an opening day, they were filming a documentary about the day, due to be aired on prime time news the following monday. They caught a glimpse of us - five young, foreign girls, and took an interest
We were only wearing sports clothes, while most of the japanese wore heavy mountainaring gear, some even wore helmets! We got a clear impression that they doubted we would make it far, and that they'd gotten the impression we were novices.
We started at station 5, and both at station 6 and a few hundred meters above, we were interviewed again, and a team of two pretty cool japanese people decided they'd follow our acend, and film us the whole way up! It didn't take long for them to realize that we were way faster and in better shape than they were, and we proved ourselves clearly!
One of the people I climbed with was afraid of heights, and at station 7, she decided to stay behind and wait for us. She was scared of climbing back down as well, and we therefore decided that we would climb as far as we could until 4 pm, before turning back in time to help her climb down the mountain before the sun set.
Aproximately a week later, I once again took the trip to Kawaguchiko, this time with my two sisters and my dad, and this time we summited the mountain!
It's not a technical climb, but it's steep, and the alititude makes the climb harder. But it was definitely worth it! The view was amazing, I felt as though I was walking in a land among the clouds!