Racing to the top of Mt. Fuji in 1971!
by Mike McGarry
(Bethany, Oklahoma USA)
On August 11th, 1971 our Boy Scout Troop arrived at the base of Mt Fuji. We were in Japan for the 13th World Jamboree and our Scout Master, Mr Grubb had arranged the trip for us before we returned to Los Angeles.
Myself and 2 of the other Scouts had heard that clouds were coming in and the view from the top would be cloudy. We decided to race up the mountain and try and beat the clouds. 2 hours and 35 mins later we made it to the top. We were able to enjoy the great view from the top as we rested, ate mandarin oranges and waited for the others.
On our way up we did stop to have our Fuji sticks branded at the small huts going up the trail. 45 years later and I still carry my Fuji stick on campouts with my boy Scout Troop. It was a Great experience.