Skip to main content

蛭が岳 Hirugatake (in the beginning of season in 2019)

Among several routes to climb up Mt.Hiru, I like the routes from Aone village, since these routes have the least climbers because of  its inconvenience in public transportation.

In the early morning, I drove to Kibikara yama Parking Lot. 
The parking lot could contain barely 5 small cars, but was empty at the time of 6:30 am.

Going through block gate build for vehicles, permitted to go over for walking climbers only, I walk on the paved road up to the intersection to Haccho-saka route.

BTW, if you see any climbing path prefixed by "Haccho", that would be the indication of steep hill in Japanese climbing community. The path going up to Haccho kashira would take good 2.5 hours of walk.

Here is what I tried to record a video footage with GoPro. I apologize for my clumsy angle configuration, since my phone app was not prepared well for this expedition.

After reaching up to the top of Hacchozaka, the route change to a nice and easy ridge route to Himetsugi (where used to kill daughter from bushi house); This is the mid point of the route.
It was clear sky, and I could see Mt Fuji and the destination Hirugatake hut at the top of the mountain.

The route from Himetsugi to Hirugatake is fairly easy, except for the very top area of Hirugatake.
It was quite long climbing staircases. Snow was still remaining on the stair cases, so I had to use extra thigh muscle to stable myself, no need to mention additional work to suppress a little excited puppy attached to me.

The route was so quiet that I could hear choir of dripping water with different tones from melting snow. 
This mountain is the best for meditation. 
By the time we reached to the top of the Hirugatake hut, we completely lost views. The sky gradually changed its appearance, so we were surrounded by fogs unlike the clear sky in Himetsugi. I borrowed bathroom there(200 yen), and bought pin badge(500 yen) and 500 ml of water (500 yen).

On the way to come down, I chose to use the alternative route, Kama-dachi-sawa route, since I wanted to stop by evacuation hut at Kibikara intersection, and to use the bathroom. 
The evacuation hut is tiny, but new and clean. On the other hand, the bathroom is .... well....

Kama-dachi-sawa is a bit of d-tour to go down compare to Haccho saka route, but is better maintained. The former is valley route, the latter is minor ridge route.
I reached to the parking lot around 14:30. On the way to home, I stopped by Iyashi-no-yu. (700yen)

I could see Tokyo vaguely.

P.S. The place is in the peak of cedar new leaves shooting out. I don't recommend this place to people suffer from hay fever

Popular posts from this blog

発端状山@沼津 元ラブホに老母と宿泊w

  沼津の内浦湾に続く伊豆長岡三津線にぽつんとある ペットフレンドリーなホテルに年末年始泊まりました。 伊豆富士パノラマパーク でお昼。 老母がいるので、あまり歩き回らず、すぐにチェックインします。 ホテル自体はかび臭いし、ドアの横にはブレーカー機材がいちいちある。 ベッド周りの元ラブホっぽい機材が笑えます。 ホテルの周りには 廃トンネル と、 取り壊し中の廃ラブホ(旧:ホテル三津アイネ)があり、 新年からオカルトになりました。 大晦日はRIZINを見て、朝は初日の出を見ようと、発端状山に少し登りました。 しかし、意外とガッツリ登るコースでした。 全く登山の用意をしていなかったので 途中でひきかえしました。   途中でも、なかなかきれいな早朝の富士山は見れました。 そしてその後ろは、南アかな? 帰り道の、箱根ターンパイクからの富士山。 今年も安全登山でよろしくお願いします。


I started to consider climbing up a mountain in south Alps in Japan, right after I climbed Mt. Yari in 2018 . I could not accumplish that in 2019, due to my broken bone in my left arm. In 2020, the whole South Alps was closed due to Covid-19. This was the long-awaited chance to climb up Mt. Kita. 2018年、 北ア槍ヶ岳を登った 後、南アにも行きたくなった。2019年は骨折で断念。2020年はコロナで断念。今年こそは!と南ア北岳にお邪魔しました。 芦安駐車場  (Ashiyasu Parking lot) In the previous day of the climbing day, I drove to parking lot in Ashiyasu . Driving to this parking lot was scary because it is a drive alone in the narrow and dark mountain path. However, in the parking lot, there were many climbers already parking there in 10:30 pm. A morter cyclinst was even sleeping on the ground with sleeping bag. Oh, that looks cold. I wrapped into a blanket, slept while listening a ukrere sound, strum, strum, and strum.  前日10:30pm頃、 芦安駐車場 に着く。芦安に行くまでの道は暗くて狭くてかなり怖い。 しかし芦安第二駐車場に着いたら、多くの車が同じことやっていて安心した


1月 蛭が岳(八丁坂コース) 2月 奥多摩~大山~武蔵五日市  3月 笠取山 (テン泊)  4月 川苔山(奥多摩)  5月 鳳凰三山  6月 瑞牆山  7月 奥穂高  8月 どこも混むのでお休み  9月 甲斐駒  10月 農鳥~間ノ岳  11月 塔の岳かな  12月 鷹ノ巣山(奥多摩)