When I first came to Hokkaido, I loved the mountains. In Brisbane, there are many hills, but no mountains. The first mountain that I saw in Yakumo was Oboko-dake. For two years, I wanted to climb Oboko-dake. I was told that it is very difficult and dangerous. But, I didn’t care, I still wanted to climb Oboko-dake.
Last weekend, Miura-san from the Yakumo Board of Education (教育員会) led a hike up Oboko-dake. My supervisor, Sato-san and Kikuchi-san came too. I asked some friends to join, too. One friend from Niseko (who was an ALT in Hakodate a few years ago) and his girlfriend came. We had a group of 6 people.
We met at 8AM on Saturday morning near Oboko onsen. It was a hot day, so I wore shorts. My friend from Niseko, Glen Claydon (also Australian) wore shorts too. Everyone else had long pants/shirts. I thought they were crazy! It’s too hot to wear long pants/shirts. They said there are many insects, so long pants/shorts are necessary. We thought that an insect spray would be OK. But, we had many, many insect bites. I’m still itchy!
The trail was very difficult. It was very steep, and slippery. There were many weeds. It took a long time to cut the weeds.
At 12:30, we arrived at the top. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy. We could the Japan Sea to the west, but only see Yakumo’s clouds to the east. But, we were still very happy. It was hard work, and this was our present.
A big thank-you to Miura-san for organising this hike.
It was a beautiful sunny day when I went to Kumaishi #2 Junior High School, so I took my camera. I really enjoy the drive to Kumaishi. I think the Unzeki Toge is very, very beautiful, in all seasons. I took many photos, but these two were my favourite.
I want to climb Oboko-dake. I think it is a very beautiful mountain, but maybe difficult to climb. I was excited to take this photo, because I knew that soon there would be no snow.
I think the ocean in Kumaishi is very beautiful. The colour is very different to the ocean in Yakumo.