Sapporo is one of the most important cities in Hokkaido and it’s also a great destination for different sportive activities in the ice and snow. On this program, I invite you to discover the fantastic icefalls in the city’s surroundings, where we can enjoy ice climbing of great quality. Do you love ice climbing? Then you can’t miss this opportunity!
Around Sapporo, there is a wide variety of icefalls with different lengths and levels of difficulty. Here, we can enjoy ice climbing while admiring the great views of the coast. As for the itinerary, we’ll pick you up from your chosen location around 8 am and finish our program around 6 pm. The routes will be arranged according to your level of experience and preferences. Also, you’ll decide how many days you want to spend on this trip.
Please, take into account it’s important to have some prior ice climbing knowledge as well as a good level of fitness for this trip.
So, do you find this program exciting? Then don’t miss the chance to climb the great icefalls around Sapporo on this tour. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!
Don't forget to bring:
Daypack (35~40L minimum recommended)
Headlight with extra batteries
Lunch or Snacks
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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