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    Perfect, I look forward to hearing from you.


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    Just checking, but would you be available on the weekend of 26/27 Jan?


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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroRaven View Post
    Just checking, but would you be available on the weekend of 26/27 Jan?


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    26/27 may be difficult but Iíll ask tonight. Iíll also see if our family schedule is open the weekend before and after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroRaven View Post
    Just checking, but would you be available on the weekend of 26/27 Jan?


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    I got the ok from the wife for the 26th. Any place you have in mind?

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    I don't hang yet, but I'd like to see what people have setup. If you don't mind a ground sleeper and depending on the temperature I'd be interested in joining. The 26th should work for me.

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    Iím open to any suggestions, and of course sleeping on the ground doesnít exclude you from this trip


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    Sounds good and more is always the merrier.

    I'm still not fully recovered from my coughing after getting hit with the flu last month. I was hoping to stay below 2000 meter.

    There's a place I wanted to go to near Mt. Daibosatsurei called Mt. Gangaharasuri.

    https://ridgelineimages.com/hiking/mt-gangaharasuri/

    It's the place where they took Fuji from the old 500 yen note. The only worry is carrying the water needed (5-6 liters).



    I'll look for a plan b later in the week.

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    That looks great, Iím down for it. Guess Iíll have to stop by 7-11 to get a few bottles of water beforehand.


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    Japanese (Kanto) winter hang

    Plan A (Gangaharasuri): Just read a recent trail report that said the nearby water source is frozen and I donít particularly want to lug 5l of water on a train and then bus... perhaps a future plan in the spring or after a heavy dump of snow (crossing fingers)?

    Plan B (Kuratake): Also in Yamanashi but more convenient to travel than A. The site is nearby a stream but no views until the next day when climbing up to Mt. Kuratake (981m) and ridge walking most of the day (no water source on the ridge). Itís an area active with black bears but we should be ok if we take necessary precautions.

    Plan C (Kumotori): Okutama and the highest peak in Tokyo. Easy travel to trail head, popular with reliable water sources. Established campsite (1750m) which will unfortunately close for good at the end of March this year.

    Question: Have you guys experienced Cold weather camping before? And would you want to tackle 2000m+ mountain like Kumotori or Daibosatsurei in the winter?

    Iím personally happy with B and will definitely plan a trip to Kumotori before the little lodge closes it door.
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    Japanese (Kanto) winter hang

    Hello alt.thomas,

    Yeah, sounds like B is the better option here. Perhaps once that water source opens up, we could do A. We just need to be careful about the bears. Is there anything in particular you recommend for that?

    Also, Kuratake is close to where we went camping in the summer, isnít it? It would be our first time winter camping in hammocks, but we have underquilts and top quilts rated for -10C, which I believe should be enough.


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