Ascent of Asahi-dake on 2012-09-19
|Others in Party:||Alan Bernier|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 19, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Ski Lift|
| Elevation:||2290 m / 7516 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportThe Hokkaido island highpoint, which we summit 2 days after our Fuji ascent.
Having spent the night at Sendai, we travel north by train, initially to Shin-Aomori. The bullet train is very smooth and comfortable, even at 180mph. We then cross from Honshu to Hokkaido via the 54 km Seikan tunnel, 240m below sea level. We change trains again at Hakodate, then at the island capital, Sapporo, then a fourth train gets us to Asahikawa mid evening. We sleep in the Terminal Hotel about 100m from the station entrance.
Storing our luggage at the hotel, we leave Asahikawa at 09:25 on bus #66 (¥1320 each way) which gets us to the Asahi-dake cable car station just before 11:00. We buy cable car tickets (¥2800 round trip) except for Alan who hikes up from the car park.
The cable car takes us up to 1600m and from there we start hiking at 11:24. The weather is initially dry with only the top part of the mountain in cloud. Two spurs lead down towards us and the very well defined trail (rough in places with some quite deep steps, but YDS 1 throughout) ascends via the right hand spur. After an initial ascent the trail bends R, descends slightly, turns L at a fork then ascends to a viewpoint overlooking a small lake with fine views of the mountain, with several noisy active fumaroles in view. There is also a bell here which people ring, reminiscent of some Alpine summits.
From the viewpoint the trail goes R then heads up the broad stony ridge, marked with cairns and yellow paint, and in some places by a rope fence on one or both sides. We go into cloud at this point and the rain starts, as forecast. We stop for waterproofs and at this point Alan catches us, having done the extra 500m ascent from the parking lot in good time. The six of us now hike up together in wind and fairly heavy rain, reaching the summit (rock outcrop, N43.66349 E142.85415, 2295m, with small triangulation station (block) nearby) at 12:54.
After a very brief stop for a group photo we head down, mainly because of the conditions, but also because we have a chance of catching the 14:10 bus (the next one is at 17:30). We push on down, reaching the cable car just in time for the 14:00 cable car, which just connects with the 14:10 bus. We're back in Asahikawa at 15:40.
We retrieve our stored luggage from the hotel then, discovering that tomorrow's weather forecast is now reasonable, we catch the 1630 for Sapporo with a view to summitting Yotei-zan, Hokkaido's other ultra, tomorrow. We spend the night at Kutchan.
Asahi photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||711 m / 2333 ft|
| Extra Gain:||10 m / 33 ft|
| Distance:||10 km / 6.2 mi|
| Route:||west route|
| Trailhead:||Cable cartop station 1599 m / 5249 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 5 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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