March 1, 2012
Akakuradake has been on my hit list of places to ride in the Hakkoda Mountains since I moved here 3 years ago. The snow and weather conditions have to be perfect to ride it in high snow season as there is high risk of Avalanche as the terrain is much steeper/ exposed and if the snow rips at the top there is really no exit below for escape. I tagged along with Film maker Okaken and Japanese riders Shin and Toshi for this perfect day. We probably spent at least 1 or 2 hours at the peak checking the snow stability before dropping in. We all choose our separate lines and went one by one. The snow was a little firm but fast and rip-able. I have been told that the late Legend Craig Kelly wanted to ride this area of Hakkoda while he was there nearly ten years ago but snow conditions never permitted him to ride Akakuradake. This ones for you CK...
Photos taken with Canon G10 and Iphone.
|Okaken climbing....Aomori city in the Background.|
|Iwaki-san in the background|
|I dropped in above the cliff in the well lighted area.|
|My starting point...dropping in 5|