Getting down the hillside !

by Kazu

I can say that getting down to the ski lift station was much more dangerous than crawling up the hillside. I did not put the spike on my trekking shoes.
 It is called "Tsuboashi" by trekkers to climb the hillside without spikes on the shoes. Tsubo means "pot" in Japanese.
The holes on the snow made by the trekkers were the place to step in to get the  good grid on the snow. That is why it is called "tsuboashi", I think.


Present from the Deities !

by Kazu

The clear view of mountains seemed to be the present from the deities.  The countenances of the garden where the deities were romping around was changing so swiftly onthat day. 
 Some moving points could be seen from the peak of Mt. Kurodake. They were the trekkers heading to the peak.
The plants seemed to bear the coldness of the area but even under such harsh condition, they were blooming at the altitude of 1986 meters and show the pretty flowers to the trekkers.


Looking around the peaks !

 by Kazu

The cloud that covered the peak of Mt. Kurodake. Can you see the hillsides of adjacent mountains around me?
Usually I go with my wife to the peaks of mountains as a good sherpa. But that time, I really enjoyed trekking and the scenery from the peak of Mt. Kurodake for myself.
It was a little bit dangerous for my wife to climb the mountain which hillside was covered with snow. That time, lonely climbing was the right choice.


Fine View fromthe Peak of Mt. Kurodake !

by Kazu

The garden where the deities are romping around is the highland located at the center of Hokkaido Island. Trekking from the peak to another peak seemed to be so exciting.
One-hour trekking to the peak of Mt. Kurodake leads to the world where you also can stroll around with easy going up and down.
That may make you forget everything uncomfortable if you have enough equipment for that. Do you want to try ?
I do.


Peak Out !

bvy Kazu

It must be so tough for lives to inhabit the peak of the mountain. It must be so hot in summer and cold in winter. Only the winds, rains, snows carve the rocks, not creatures.
The difference of the temperature also might have broke the rocks by little by little. White milky fog was blown to the east so calmly.
Small windows were made in the clouds that hid the beautiful scenery. That gave a twist to the scenery, I thought.


Bare Ragged Rocks on the Top !

 by Kazu

The top of the mountain seemed to refuse animals and insects to inhabit and exist around there. Very few kinds of plants were near the top of the mountain.
 The hotness in summer and coldness in winter prevent creatures from staying there long and keep it barren. Only the deities can romping around there.
 I might feel loneliness if I was left alone and had to stay there for a night. I was wondering if brown bears strolled around there or not.


From the Peak of Mt. Kurodake !

 by Kazu

I do not think that Mt. Kurodake has a cater from where lava had splashed before but the rocks on the top of the mountain apparently seemed to be made of lava.
In Hokkaido, the vertical limit for plants is much lower than the main island of Japan. That is why tourists can enjoy seeing the highland plants easily.
The hillside near the peak is so steep that the steep hillside near the peak could not be seen clearly from the peak.