Ice Climbing day trip accessible from Sapporo. Discover the secret ice climbing spots of Hokkaido!
I introduce to you a 1-day ice climbing programme at my secret ice climbing spot that is only a 1-hour drive away from Sapporo city and 45min approach in snowshoes. If you'll be staying in Niseko, I could pick you up there as well but please note that you will have to pay an extra to account for transportation costs.
Here, you can challenge yourself with 4 different short but vertical ice fall routes 15m high. The ice climbing grade here is WI4+ (highly technical WI4) and will all be on top ropes.
The best period to enjoy the ice falls here is from the beginning of January until about end of February.
*Ice Climbing Grades:
WI4 – near-vertical steps of up to 10 metres, generally sustained climbing requiring placing protection screws from strenuous stances
Beginner / Intermediate – You will need to have had a prior summer rock climbing experience, as you would need to know how to belay someone. You need to be fit enough to walk the 45min approach.
Beginners to ice climbing are very welcome!
I offer ice climbing programmes in other areas so please have a look!
If you’re after a more challenging course then join my ice climbing programme for more experienced / advanced ice climbers.
Or, why not join the popular 2-day intro to ice climbing at Sounkyo!
– Crampon compatible Mountaineering boots
– Technical ice axes
– Snowshoes / Poles
Items such as ice axes, harness, helmet, and crampons can be rented at JPY 2,000 each. Snowshoes and poles are necessary for the approach and can be rented at JPY 1,000 a pair. Other ice climbing gears such as ice screws, quick draws etc. will be provided.If you'd like to lead (and not follow) then please bring your own gears.
Contact me if you have a free day in Sapporo and are interested in joining me on this ice climbing programme!
Accommodation options in SAPPORO:
–Ten to ten SAPPORO STATION: Excellent location and great prices.
– Sapporo Grand Hotel: JPY 10,000-20,000.
- Guiding fee
**8:00am** – Meet at Sapporo and depart. We will drive for about an hour to our destination. A 45min approach by snowshoe trekking will take us to the ice fall! **4:00pm** – We return to Sapporo. You can be dropped off at Sapporo station or your accommodation in Sapporo.
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
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