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Which peaks in Nagano area would be suitable for a novice?

by Barney
(Virginia, USA)

Hi Gary,

Very interesting articles. I hope you can offer me some advice which peaks would be suitable for a novice. I will be staying in Nagano 8th-13th Oct. and I don't not want to pass up the opportunity to climb a peak whilst there.

Is it is essential to have crampons and an ice axe? I guess I'm looking for a climb that won't require these, but which will still be fairly challenging. Please reply.

Regards,
Barney

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Oct 13, 2014
Thanks!
by: Barney

Hi Gary,

Many thanks for the feedback.

Best regards,
Barney

p.s. I'll give Mt. Ontake-san a wide berth then!



Sep 24, 2014
I recommend the Kamikochi area
by: Gary Wolff

Barney, because I specialize in Japan's highest peaks, I'm not that familiar with hikes for novices in Nagano, but I don't think you can go wrong in Kamikochi. The birthplace of Japanese alpinism, Kamikochi is one of my all-time favorite places in Japan where you can access 8 of Japan's 17 highest peaks, as well as some leisurely day hikes. More details here: http://www.garyjwolff.com/mt-oku-hotaka-dake-and-mt-yari-ga-take.html

You might also try posting your question in the "Hiking in Japan" Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/9872778764/10153143122963765/

Although it's unlikely you'll need crampons or ice axes in mid-Oct. (especially if you stick to lower elevations), snowfalls are fairly common in Japan's high country anytime from around the beginning of Oct.

Best wishes...

Gary

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