Hey guys,this week's story is by Chiharu about the mountains in Hokkaido, Mt. Syou-haku-un(1966m) and Mt.Syou-asahi(1654m). Although these mountains have got their names, they just look like a bump next to Mt. Haku-un and Mt. Asahi respectively. Also they are not that obvious nor there are maintained hiking paths so I assume there is few people coming to hike these mountains.
This is Mt.Syou-asahi and you can't see Mt.Asahi in this photo above but it sits right next to Mt.Syou-asahi.
We headed up the ski hill of Mt. Asahi and traversed to the other side of the Mt. Asahi through the skirt. There were a few times that you have to cross the valleys on the way and if you try in the late of the season, you may find yourself struggling quite a bit because of the melt snow. So I strongly recommend to try while there are still plenty of snow left in the area.
The upper part of Mt.Syouasahi was still pretty icy so I would say that there are not so much places to ski in the area. It might be more fun trying again when it gets a little warmer. However,skiing is not the only thing you can do in mountains in winter. Putting on a ski boots and making your way down deep in mountains in a beautiful day,you will be amazed by the silent and majestic faces of true nature.
Once spring arrives, the snow will be melt,the valley opens its mouth and you might encounter new bushes heading their way to the surface. After all those change occurs it will be difficult to ski anymore until next season.This mountain is easily accessed under the winter condition so I took an advantage of precious winter time to enjoy the last bit.
Lastly, I will insert a photo of my memory.
アラスカとカナダの国境付近にあるKluane National Parkの山々です。長いドライブに飽きてた頃、久々に荒々しい山を見て興奮したのを覚えています。カナダの最高峰 Mt.Logan(5959m)もこの中にあります。
A photo of Kluane National Park located between the border of Alaska and Canada. The excitement I felt after the long boring drive and finally got to see the scraggy mountains was unforgettable. The highest mountain in Canada Mt.Logan (5959m) sits inside these mountains.