A clear morning at 5am so scrambled to getting the start of the Yotei track by 6:30. Up, up, up... 10 stages (Japan mountaineering style), 1500 vertical meters, 4 hours up virtually nonstop.... Thick bamboo at the bottom, through muddy slides and rocks, gnarled tree roots and stunted thickets to open scree above the tree line.
Amazing views until it clouded over near the top - ferocious wind and swirling cloud with little visibility. A great experience....