Kitadake / Ainodake
3.193 m / 3.189 m
- – 12. Sep 2010
2nd. day 12. Sep 2010 Ainodake
Next morning we woke up at 4:00 am. After breakfast I started to Ainodake. It was foggy and a strong wind was blowing. There is a storm-wind warning for today (80-120 km/h strong wind is expected). I take only one bottle water with me to hike Ainodake and I left all luggage in the mountain hut.
On the top of Ainodake there was no view. It was cold, windy and wet. I wanted to return, but I took the wrong way.
Everything looks similar in the fog. Several times I missed and lost the way, I search for it in the fields of rocks. Found it, lost it again, moving back and forward.
Until I reach Sanpoudake I did not recognize that I was moving in the wrong direction, but when I saw the mountains name-plate with the Kanjis, I recognize something must be wrong.
I went back to the direction I came from – still it was difficult to find the way. But it was not only me who had that kind of problem. I meet a group of hikers hanging in the rocks and searching for the way, too. Because I already passed this place in the morning I knew the route back – at least this time.
More than one hour later as expected, I returned to the mountain hut – thirsty. After a rested for a short while, I prepared for the way back down. The weather became better and I decided not to return the same way as I climbed up yesterday.
I climbed Kidadake again – this time there was no view from the top – and climbed down the other side. Once again the way back seemed much longer to me and my legs became tired.
Around 03:00 pm the hike was finished. I took the bus back to the parking place and returned to Takasaki after 3 ½ hours (155 km) drive at 8:00 pm.
北岳Kitadake / 間ノ岳 Ainodake 11.-12. Sep 2010
Start (11. Sep) 広河原 (Kougahara), アルペンプラザ (Alpenplaza) 8:30 am 1.520 m
Trail up 大樺沢 (Ookabasawa)
Top 北岳(Kitadake) 1:15 pm 3.193 m
Finish (11. Sep) 北岳山荘 (Kitadakesansou) 3:00 pm 2.880 m
Duration: 6 h 30 min Distance: 8 km Height: 1.673 m
Start (12. Sep) 北岳山荘 (Kitadakesansou) 5:20 am 2.880 m
Trail up 中白根山 (Nakashiranesan)
Top 間ノ岳 (Ainodake) 6:45 am 3.189 m
Top 三峰岳 (Sanpoudake) 7:20 am 2.999 m
Top 間ノ岳 (Ainodake) 8:10 am 3.189 m
Trail 北岳山荘 (Kitadakesansou) 9:30 am 2.880 m
Top 北岳(Kitadake) 11:00 am 3.193 m
Trail down 北岳肩ノ小屋 (Kitadakekatanogoya) 白根御池小屋 (Shiranemiikekoya)
Finish (12. Sep) Final hiking destination 3:30 pm 1.520 m
Duration: 10 h 15 min Distance: 14 km Height: 812 m
Duration: 16 h 45 min Distance: 22 km Height: 2.485 m