This year Japow Tours in partnering with Mammut to bring you a special trial program. As customers of Japow Tours you will be able to try and use the New Mammut ELEMENT Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver for Free. YES FREE! It's a great opportunity to try the best Transceiver's in the Business for those who want to venture into the Backcountry safely. Book your next trip with Japow Tours and try one out yourself. Thanks to Outdoor Japan for making all of this happen!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Hakkoda is off to a great start with meters of snow before Christmas. I got a call from Pierre of Snowpulse.com (which make amazing life saving technology for Mammut and a handful of other companies) saying he heard Hakkoda has the best snow on Honshu right now. He was right. Snowpulse makes an Avalanche Airbag System that is designed to keep you afloat in case of avalanches. For more on their system check out snowpulse.com and Mammut.com Here a few pictures from the last couple of days at Hakkoda, and no we did not have to deploy the life saving airbag system.
Check out Snowpulse in Action: This guy is really lucky he had Avalanche Airbag System.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hakkoda opened the ropeway Tuesday the 13th 2011 for the Season. In the States a place like this would be crawling with powder junkies on opening day. But not in Aomori Prefecture Japan. It's not Hokkiado, so anything north of Hakkuba gets lots in the shuffle. Hakkoda has deep, deep snow. Not the steepest mountain, with most runs just under or around 30% pitch, but an abundance of good snow. What I love the most about Hakkoda is the local seen. Pure Powder Junkies.
I pulled into the parking lot at 815am and there where only a handful of cars. Unbelievable!, I thought to myself. If this where Mt. Baker on opening day, I would have been late, especially with a couple feet of powder to shred. But this is Japan and this is why I love it here. I hooked up with a Hakkoda local Ryoma-san and friends for the most of the morning trading turns and powder boarder cross bumps. The snow was pretty low tide so lots of bushes and bamboo where exposed which make for more things to bonk and jump over. Great first day on snow for the season. More powder days head.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Spending time in nature, especially the mountains is what gives me peace. Although, I have been in the mountains when these magical sights appear, I have never had the time or the right equipment to make a serious time-lapse photography film. Some day when I have the time and the very expensive equipment I will do some nature time lapse photography. The people who do this type of nature photography have great patience to wait for the right time and moments to take these amazing sights come to life. Here are some time lapse photography from the Hakkoda Mountains and other areas in Aomori Prefecture. This is all right in my back yard. Really amazing stuff and I am super inspired by this guys work.
For more check out it out here-------> Aomorigonta youtube
Please open to full screen to get full effect on these Videos!!!!!