Because I am potato number last, I made it to camp at a little over 5:30pm - late by Japanese standards. At the height of summer though, there was quite a bit of sunlight left, but that high up late in the day, the wind was very...very... strong. When I arrived and paid my 1,000¥ for the tent site (free water banzai!), there was very limited space to set up on the rocky campground.
Theoretically I knew I had to properly angle the narrower side windward, but dear LORD setting up tent in that weather is near well atrocious, with my tent fly flying across the campground. It held up well to the nasty wind all through the night, but ultimately Gin-chan didn't come out completely unscathed. Found a micro tear in the fly of my new MSR Hubba NX-1 T_T must've been from when it flew away and got dragged over the sharp rocks.
The next morning's weather started windy and foggy, but cleared up at around 7am. The hike down was probably the time I thought I was gonna roll down the snow field and die. Once I even slipped down and "glissaded" down the snow field (read: slid down on my ass) and had to self-arrest by planting my trekking pole and crampon into the snow. The latter of which, as I discovered, one should never do as you could break your ankle very easily. And next to me I saw a dude with a day pack and rubber boots, skiing down the slope =_=. .
But I made it out of the snow field and into the forest once again, and raced towards Sarukuraso for the 3pm bus to Hakuba Station. Never been so knackered in my entire life! The moment I made it back to Hakuba Stn, went up Fujiya diner and had me the best tamago don and miso soup on earth. Once I got some life points back, I paid 180¥ for the bus to Hakuba Happo-one bus terminal, because fuck if imma walk 20 minutes, to catch the Alpico bus to Nagano.
2018.07.15 & 16, Shirouma dake, Hakuba, Japan
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