Mount Furano is one of the mountains of the Tokachi volcanic group, in the island of Hokkaido. I organized a 2-day group program to practice winter alpine climbing in this mountain.
Furano is a town in Hokkaido known for the ski, in particular for the amazing backcountry options. But in this occasion I propose a different approach to the mountain: reaching the summit of the white mountain!
I decided to take you up on the north face route of Mount Furano. The approach walk (from the car park to the pase of the route) will be 3-4 hours. And then the ascent on the snow and ice begins!It is a route that requires double technical axes. There are 6 climbing pitches on mixed snow and ice terrain. The level is intermediate-advanced.
We will be using a double axe for this winter climbing adventure. The ascent includes some steeper sections. If you are not sure you have the technical level for this ascent, check out this simpler 2-day option to ascend Mount Kamihoro, also in the area.
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Tempted to join me in this ascent of Mount FUrano via its north face? Don’t hesitate to book this trip! And please note that you can also contact me if you prefer a privately guided tour, I can organize it as well.
Accommodation options in TOKACHI:
– Ryounkaku: Half-board with onsen. JPY 10,000.
– Hakuginso: Self catering. Guide can arrange booking. Amazing onsen outside! JPY 3,000.
Equipment: mountaineering boots that are compatible with crampons, technical ice axe, harness, helmet, crampons. Contact me if you need to rent part of the equipment.
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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