Gear Review – MSR Advance Pro 2 tent (2020 model)

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)

All you need to know to climb Mt. Fuji (2020 update)

* 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)

The Japan Times – Hiking the precipitous spine of central Honshu

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