Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hakkoda Summer Hike

The Northern Hakkoda Range has many loops and even more possible if you have 2 cars, so if you are not doing an out and back climb, try this one.  Our day started out at Sukayu Onsen and ended at the top of the Hakkoda Ropeway Station.  We bagged the 3 main peaks along the way Mt. Odake 1585 meter, Mt. Idodake 1550 meters and Mt. Akakuradake 1548 meters before descending to the Top of the Ropeway station and taking the Tram down to save my old man knees.  Lots of different weather and hiking conditions as Hakkoda always does. Muddy at the bottom, foggy from mid mountain up and windy and rainy towards the top and even some snow crossing.  Just another day at Hakkoda!  I love Mukai-san and all his gear, man he's a professional hiker now.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lake Towada Cycle

In honor on the Tour de France starting I took a little ride through Oirase Gorge and then a monster hill climb on the south side of the Lake Towada towards the town and campgrounds. The ride was all up hill, personal not ready for any kind of serious riding.  Great day for a cycle and thanks to Kourt & Missy for the shuttle and watching my little man while I got my heart rate pumping.  All shots with Iphone 4 via Instagram.