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Mt. Mizugaki to Mt. Kobushi

Mt. Mizugaki to Mt. Kobushi

Monday morning. First day back to work in two weeks. “Hey honey, can I ask a weird favour?” A cautious reply, “A weird favour?” I sheepishly pleaded, “Would you mind running upstairs and grabbing my work shirt?” My calfs are still screaming. A few days ago I got home from a three day hike in the mountains along the prefectural borders of Yamanashi and Nagano. It was a great trip, and my legs were helping keep the memories fresh. Thursday…

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Sheltowee 20°F Boone hammock

Sheltowee 20°F Boone hammock

I feel bad. When my son got to an age when he no longer wanted to sleep in the family tent when camping, I thought a hammock might be a solution. Daniel had a Hennessy hammock that he said I could borrow, so I figured, “Why not?” Daniel gave me a quick lesson at the local park on how to set it up, and off we went. I set it up at the camp site, gave my son a sleeping…

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The Tale of Two Stoves

The Tale of Two Stoves

I don’t know what I was thinking. A week earlier I had somehow managed to convince baggage security at Tokyo airport that my Trangia alcohol stove was OK to fly. As such I didn’t have any concerns about getting it back from Sapporo to Tokyo. If it can fly one way, certainly it can fly two. After two hours of “testing” at Shinchitose airport, security couldn’t decide if there was alcohol in the stove and classified it unsafe to fly….

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Evernew Water Carriers

Evernew Water Carriers

Last year I gave up on water bottles for hiking and back packing. My large Nalgene bottles didn’t fit my packs well, and my smaller bottles didn’t carry enough water to validate their bulk and weight. Looking for water bags to go with my Sawyer Mini water filter was the final catalyst that forced bottles out of my pack forever! Product: Evernew Water Carriers Purchased Date: August 2, 2015 Price: ¥630 – ¥750 Active Life: 12 months Buy Again? Yes…

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Keen Koven WP

Keen Koven WP

The day started with 1,200 meters of ascent over 7Km (4,000 feet over 4.2 miles). Dan and I started strong, but we were ready for lunch when we reached Mutsuishiyama. I looked out towards the hills we would be tackling over the next few hours as I enjoyed some whole grain pita and cheese sandwiches. We were making good time, and it was a great start to our three day adventure around Okutama. I was pleasantly surprised with my new…

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Vegetarian Camp Food In Japan

Vegetarian Camp Food In Japan

One of the biggest challenges of being a backpacker in Japan is finding vegetarian meals that are both easy to pack and prepare. Many foods that one might think are vegetarian will often have meat based ingredients in them. It’s always astounding to me when I find chicken or beef extract in spinach or pumpkin soup. With this in mind I have started to collect a list of vegetarian backpacking food that I have found during my search for viable…

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Mount Bonorei

Mount Bonorei

Being born and raised on the North end of Vancouver Island, I have wonderfully fond memories of camping with my family. I love the mountains, and the trees, and the rivers that often run through them. I never sleep better than I do when beside a hypnotic stream whispering to me all night. When I started my own family I promised myself that I would introduce my children to similar experiences. So I was pretty stoked to take my youngest daughter…

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