Mar, Apr, May
If you are thinking of going on a challenging and rewarding winter alpine climb in Japan, this is what you are looking for! Join me for this wonderful Mt Rishiri ascent. A 4-day program to reach the peak of this impressive conical volcano. Advanced climbers: ready, set… go!
Mt Rishiri is a unique rugged and pointy mountain in Hokkaido. It dominates the Rishiri island. On this program I will lead you along the North East Ridge, a particularly challenging route among the different routes Mt Rishiri offers. For reference, this ascent is similar to the classic Frendo Spur climb in Chamonix during the summer.
To begin this program, I will meet you at the Rishiri airport, or directly at the Rishiri ferry port. After that, we will transfer to the parking area and walk towards the Trail head for about 2 hours. During Day 1 and Day 2, I will guide you towards the summit of Mt Rishiri along the North East Ridge. For the night, we will sleep in tents and bivouacs.
Finally, on Day 3 we will reach the Mt Rishiri peak (1,721 m / 5646 ft) and spend the third night in a tent. An extra natural flavor to our tour!
On the next and final day, we will descend and later drive back to the ferry port or airport.
Keep in mind that this itinerary is subject to the weather conditions.
This program is available from March 20th to May 20th. It is not available during the summer, since rock during this season is brittle and not suitable for climbing.
Also, during this tour I will only take 1 climber with an Advanced climbing level. You will also need to have previous alpine experience and some winter mountaineering experience, plus having used crampons. Additionally, know that during this tour we will need to carry all our gear in our own backpacks.
I hope to guide you on this fantastic program in Japan next season!
Interested in this Mt Rishiri winter alpine climb, North East Ridge? Request your booking! Also, check out a similar version of this program, available for up to 2 climbers: Mt. Rishiri winter alpine climb, East Ridge.
At the Rishiri ferry port, or the Rishiri Airport
Bivouacs and tents
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.
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