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Climbing Mt. Fuji:
Tips, Q&A, and Climber Stories

Mar. 15, 2017 update: For the first time in the over 3 years since the paperback version of this book was first published, it is now finally available for sale at Amazon Japan. Yay! Because of the minimum production cost for printing a ~100-page color paperback, though, I was unable to reduce its list price, but in celebration of it finally making it to Japan, I decided to permanently reduce the price of the eBook version to just $2.99.

With a near-perfect volcanic cone and snow-capped most of the year, Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest peak and affectionately referred to by the Japanese as Fuji-san, is considered one of the world's most beautiful mountains.

Mt. Fuji is climbed by at least 300,000 people every year and, including the hundreds of thousands of tourists who travel up to the 5th Stations for sightseeing & don't even climb the peak, it comes as no surprise that Mt. Fuji is generally regarded as the most visited mountain in the world.

Since its designation by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on June 22, 2013, the peak has now become even MORE popular. A record 79,057 people hiked up Mount Fuji in the first 3 weeks of the July-August 2013 climbing season, an increase of 35 percent from the same period in 2012.

The author’s love affair with Japan's high country has now spanned a quarter-century, and in addition to scaling Fuji-san twice, he has climbed all of the 29 highest mountains in Japan, and 38 of the tallest 50. And in the Fall of 2012, he published his 1st book on Japanese mountains entitled The View from the Top of Japan: My 2-decade-long quest to scale the nation’s 25 highest peaks.

The author also runs a website focused primarily on the highest mountains in Japan, and most of his mountain pages rank among the top 3 to 4 results at Google, and several of them are #1. His "Climbing Mt. Fuji - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" page has become the most visited page on his entire website.

It's from this vast reservoir of content that he’s drawn upon in this book to share information on things such as climbing trails, recommended clothing & gear, transport access, fun facts & recent news stories, some select questions and answers from his Climbing Mt. Fuji FAQ webpage, as well as some of the more remarkable stories & pics kindly shared by visitors to his website who’ve already scaled Mt. Fuji.

Unlike some other books written about Mt. Fuji which spend a lot of time talking about its history, culture, geology of the dormant volcano, and other non-climbing aspects of Japan’s iconic peak, the author has chosen instead to focus on providing just the essential "just the facts, ma'am" information necessary for future climbers intent on scaling the mountain.

If in the future you’re planning to climb Japan’s highest peak, there’s no question this book will prove to be a valuable resource, especially on your mobile device as you're climbing Fuji-san.

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Purchase Option #1:  Order Amazon Kindle eBook Version 

Kindle Price: $2.99, includes free wireless delivery
File Size: 1349 KB
Equivalent print length: 96 pages
Published: Sept. 21, 2013

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(If like me, you do not own a Kindle, you can download here the free Kindle reading app for your smartphone, PC, or tablet. You can also "Look inside" or download (sample) the 1st chapter for free at the eBook links above.)

My new eBook is also available from Amazon Japan:
今すぐKindleで『Climbing Mt. Fuji』をお 読みいただけます。
Gary J. Wolff (著)
Kindle 価格: ¥343
紙の本の長さ: 96 ページ (推定)
言語 英語 無料サンプル: 冒頭部分を試し読みできます

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Purchase Option #2: Order Amazon Color Paperback Version

Price: $12.99 (fluctuates based on market conditions)
Color paperback: 94 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Shipping weight: 6.9 ounces
Published: Sept. 2, 2013

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(Note: Both eBook & paperback versions are available at Amazon stores in other countries as well, including Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, India, and Mexico.)

Purchase Option #3:  Order Smashwords eBook Version (PDF, Epub, HTML, Mobi, RTF, TXT, etc.)

My Climbing Mt. Fuji eBook is also available in 9 different formats from Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie eBooks. Smashwords distributes books to most of the major retailers, including the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten Kobo, Oyster, and Scribd & offers a catalog of over 100,000 vetted, well-formatted eBooks from over 45,000 authors and publishers.

The eBooks on Smashwords can be read online using their online readers, or they can be downloaded to other e-reading devices such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, or most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, & Adobe Digital Editions.

Smashwords also offers generous sampling options so readers can try before they buy. Read online or download instantly to your e-reading device in any of the 9 different formats.

Smashwords price: $2.99
Words: 17,930 (approximate)
Published: Sept. 23, 2013

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(sample the first 20% for free!)

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Purchase Option #4:  Order Apple iBook Version 

This book is available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device.

Apple iBook price: $2.99
Available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Published: Sept. 23, 2013

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About the author:

Gary Joe Wolff is a Tokyo-based corporate communications consultant, university professor, and all-round nice guy. smiley From Houston, Texas, USA, Gary earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas and worked 12 years as a registered professional transportation engineer before moving to Tokyo in 1991.

Since then he's been a specialist in intercultural corporate training for Japanese engineers & managers in preparation for their overseas assignments, and has taught at over 80 different companies, schools, and agencies.

Also, for the past 20 years he has been a professor of Science English, Spoken English, and TOEFL/TOEIC Test preparatory classes for electrical engineering, computer science, & agriculture majors in the School of Science and Technology at one of Japan's oldest and most prestigious private universities.

Since his Boy Scout days, Gary has been passionate about the great outdoors, and so in his free time, he tries to get up into the spectacular Japan Alps as often as possible. Since arriving in Japan, he has climbed Mt. Fuji twice and scaled all of the highest 29 peaks in Japan and 38 of the tallest 50.

Although Gary has published a number of technical and academic papers during his engineering & teaching careers, Climbing Mt. Fuji is just his 2nd venture into book publishing. He has found living in Japan to be a truly fascinating and rewarding cultural experience, and claims to have at least 3 or 4 more books on his mind. Stay tuned to Gary's latest updates from Japan on this site's blog page!

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Atop Mt. Jonen-dake (常念岳), Japan's 45th highest mountain

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