Last Year’s Adventure: Climbing Mt Fuji

The weather in Japan is really quintessential one of Japan now. This morning, too, it started raining when I was just about to change into a bike jersey. Well, the fact of the matter was I suddenly had craved for a wine last night, had started drinking at around 10, had drunk one bottle of Lambrusco and overslept. If I had waken up two hours earlier, I would have been caught in a shower so in a sense, my senseless act saved me from getting soaked. Anyway I felt a little guilty and trained on a stationary bike for 120 minutes watching a movie. My meter read 65 km (40 miles) and 1200 calories burnt.

Well, since I am so busy these days (I reminisce about my summer vacation now), I don’t have much time riding a long distance on weekends. Well it is like “carrots and sticks.” I work hard now and I am supposed to get carrots three months later. I am looking forward to it.

Talking about reminisce, I will write about a last year’s adventure because it is something that I want to keep on this blog.

In September last year I went to climb Mt. Fuji or should I say I went on a family trip and my wife gave me one free day so I used the day for climbing it. I climbed up to half of its height (It was a original plan. I didn’t have the time and it is impossible to climb 13000 feet during a family trip in the first place).

This data said I went 150 km (100 miles) but I forgot to turn off my Gamin after I got on my car so it was actually 110 km (75 miles). Usually that means it was less hard than this data but those 40 kilometers were all downhill, which means, I gained 6000 feet or 2000 meter elevation gain in a shorter distance and also means it was tougher than data. It was tough:

It was fine at the start.

Starting to climb. There is no 14% place but for 20 kilometers, 7 – 8 % slope goes on and on. Some people hate this kind of slope over much tougher but shorter ones and I am one of them.

Even starting to rain. Then actually around here I saw wild monkeys!! I started to climb so fast, faster than ever. I wanted to get away from them before they figured out what I was.


Scary in another sense. This tunnel has no light in the middle. Total darkness. I put two lights in front, two red flash lights in the back to see the front and to inform drivers that I was there.

A Flat Tire.

And finally a rewarding ice cream!! Everybody screams for ice cream but my scream was the loudest one, I bet 😀

I was supposed to take photos of Mt Fuji but it was behind this cloud. You have got to be very lucky to be able to see one. Well, at least I have one reason to climb that 6000 feet again some time. Anybody interested?


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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