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Going up to Mt. Tsukuba
The story is rather simple and it was told to my VTFriends; those who came and rated this series of pictures were called clowns by someone who eats from our efforts in bringing a human side to this virtuality.
I came back from a long trip spanning three continents. The first weekend with my family after the trip I decided to go hiking, and i have not doing this for more than 10 years. The closest thing I did with regularity was Heinekken.
We went by car to the the cable car station of Mount Tsukuba. Parking is free.
PS: It seems that taken my VTfriends to walk with me up to the Tsukuba summit is not enough sport tip. HQ does not consider Tsukuba-san hiking a tip cause they are expert in Tsukuba. and the visitors are not going to be interested in the most important hiking spot in the whole area. REading trough these 92 steps to Tsukuba summit will tell you lot of things about Japan, the Japanese and our experience of 20 years in Japan.
Equipment: Bring energy
Close to the building of the cable car you will kind the TOSANGUCHI. The chinese (now japanese!) characters indicating the entrance to the hiking path that will take you up...(if you bring enough
Equipment: Bring energy in any form. Remember: you can not destroy energy, but energy can destroy you!!!
Ivanics is a kind of photography -very similar to what Annamation is in videos- where you should be able to have a picture of you and a pretty girl without asking anybody to take the picture. This was taken at the TOOSANGUCHI and the reason
because I was not smiling can be tracked to not being that innocent: hard work ahead.
*For Ivanics and Annamation refers to VTMembers that are friend of mine...See my list*
Equipment: If you want to drink something at real prices, bring it with you...
No big deal...Going up stairs. They are somehow irregular in height but you should not ask for a big work of engineering here.As mattrr of fact, you came here to be in contact with mother Nature and father Science (two journals with high impact factor).
Equipment: Chocolats!!! yes chocolats...
- Ok, honey! I will wait for you. Take a rest....
The picture shown my comrade as seen from my
natural bed. A very serious recomendation for all of you serious beer drinkers is: Take it easy at he begining. You don't need to demonstrate noone that you are able to go up in no time. Take that steppy segment as easy as possible and soon you will be rewarded by the beautiful nature of Tsukuba-san...By now, you should know I am not talking about a girl called Tsukuba. SAN stands for mountain...Like in San Francisco.
Equipment: a pillow.
In the beginnig all was bright... (uh? The Genesis starts different). Anyways, in front of me those stairs indicating that it could be easy to up...
As usual, I climb them at the rate (ooops!!) of
two steps each...EVen had time to take a picture...
Equipment: Bring a small towel. You will be aweating in anoter few tips...
A hiking day can not start without the photo in front
of the TOOSANGUCHI. By now, you are an expert in the Japanese vocabulary. TOO means climb,
SAN means mountain and GUCHI is competitor
of Louis Viton.
Equipment: Think of something that can give you energy....
Metaphysical stuff not included
All you need is a tatami mat and concentration.
This is calle the position of the Very Tired Lotus.
Do not let the kids to try this one...
Equipment: Tatami mats are hheavy donot bring them with you. There will be a couple up there at 700 mts over the sea level.
This was really funny. The whole family could not
go up anymmore and they decide to rest in these spot.
Rather crowded, uh?
Equipment: Patience is important . Walk till you get to the right spot...Bring patience.
Now we are at 700 meters over the sea level. I think they are not adding the 15000 of the sea level at the Marianas bottom...
Another very looooooong 850 mets to get to the pinnacle.
Equipment: Getting better. No as thirsty as before. My tank still has gasoline. Bring with you one of those books of auto-help. You can leave it in the trash up there.
There still no traffic jams here but signal light could be a must in "difficult" paths. It was wet here and there. So careful was required.
Equipment: A logic extension to the previous papragraphs.
Put some care in your backpack.
If hiking is a sport activiy, playing with the light is an intellectual activity. "Mente sana en cuerpo mas o menos sano" is an old Sapnish saying that perhaps is not Spanish, and perhaps is not a saying...
Equipment: Bring ideas. Lot of ways to capture the nature.
Asking what kind of flowers are these? It is more or less the begining of a conversation with
fellow hickers. I asked why didn't we take the cable car up? They saw my face and understood very well the question...
Equipment: I mentioned the towel already. Bring another one.
Dear friend there STILL 1300 mts to go.
You are at 650 mts over the sea level.
It is not written that those 1300 mts are
very long meters...
Equipment: Bring some articifial enjoy other wise you will start to cry soon...
The plateau has a place for picnic. And seats!!!! The good nees is that the continuosly steppy segment of the hiking is done. you can relax here and asl for the resque team's helicopter...
Equipment: A helicopter!!!!