The MSR Advance Pro 2 is a single-wall, 4-season ultralight bivy-style tent designed primarily for fast and light alpine mountaineering. I had been eyeing up this tent for a while as I liked the idea of a small, lightweight, simple to setup and strong 4-season tent, but had been put-off by warnings of severe condensation … More Gear Review – MSR Advance Pro 2 tent (2020 model)
I wrote a short introduction to the Japan Alps for anyone who may be thinking of heading there for hiking/trekking/sightseeing later this year. Click here for the full article. For much more detailed information, be sure to check out my newly published guidebook ‘Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mt. Fuji‘, currently on … More Cicerone – An Intro to the Japan Alps
* Special update for 2020: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all trails to the summit are closed for the entire 2020 climbing season. There are gates, barricades and security cameras at all four trailheads, and all facilities, transport links and mountain huts are closed. Please wait until 2021 to climb Mt. Fuji, or just admire … More All you need to know to climb Mt. Fuji (2020 update)
I wrote a short feature for The Japan Times on hiking in the North Japan Alps recently; the article covers my three day hike from Kamikochi to Mt. Yari, across the notorious Daikiretto, before finally ascending the third highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Oku-Hotaka. I had a great weather window in late October last year, … More The Japan Times – Hiking the precipitous spine of central Honshu
Miyazaki Prefecture in eastern Kyushu is one of Japan’s hidden gems, with miles of wonderful coastline, superb mountainous scenery and legends and history at every turn. With good rail connections and even a regular ferry service from Kobe and Osaka, getting there couldn’t be simpler too! Here are some of the best sights: Takachiho This … More Discover Miyazaki
Must-See Japan is now available in paperback! Concise and practical guidebook for discovering the best places to visit, valuable insider tips and useful advice for planning your trip to Japan. Updated and improved for 2017! Super low price for a limited time! Available now (also for kindle, smartphones and tablets) at: Amazon (UK) – http://amzn.eu/3l5U1So … More Must-See Japan – Paperback Version!
From the flat summit of the Kirigamine Highland, Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance Rising to an impressive 3776m in height, Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and an instantly recognisable icon. Thousands of people climb to the summit during the short main climbing season, which runs from early July to the end … More Top 10 best places to view Mt. Fuji
Shiga prefecture may be most well-known for being the home of Biwako, the largest lake in Japan, but come the winter time its impressive peaks always get a big covering of the white stuff, and so snow lovers from Osaka and Kyoto needn’t travel far to get their winter fix. Check out this article I did for Kansai Scene … More Shiga’s White Winter Vistas