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  • #16
    Hi! I climbed Mt. Fuji two summers ago. I will never forget it...but it was tough! I am in pretty good shape, but it rained all night on us and my husband and I were too stupid to spend the night on the mountain. Good call there...we were exhausted! I would do the larabars and jerky for sure. Maybe some sliced fruit or dried fruit or trailmix. It was pretty physically demanding, so you might want some simpler carbs in the trail mix. I know some on the forum may think that is bad advice, but we needed it. You will go through a lot of food. Hope your hike goes well! What station are you starting at?

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    • #17
      Great advice, thanks, Meg! We're hiking with Fuji Mountain Guides - so we start at shinjuku early Monday am.....go to 5th station @ Gotemba to start the hike up the Subashiri trail, overnight in a hut at 8th or 9th station (I forget) then up again at 3am to make the top for sunrise. We'll head back down the regular Kuwaguchi-ko 5th station and travel back to Shinjuku from there. I know folks have said we don't really need a guide - but it seems like such an "easy button" to me...and we get to go up one of the less traveled trails that we probably wouldn't see on our own....
      ~Rhonda

      "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda

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      • #18
        Mt. Fuji is only like 12k'... you probably won't need medicine for altitude sickness specifically. Ibuprofen, maybe, in case you get a headache, but viagra is probably unnecessary (unless you need it for something else you plan to do while you're there ). Just stay hydrated, take regular breaks, and you should be fine with the altitude.
        Subduction leads to orogeny

        My blog that I don't update as often as I should: http://primalclimber.blogspot.com/

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        • #19
          Originally posted by AmyMac703 View Post
          Mt. Fuji is only like 12k'... you probably won't need medicine for altitude sickness specifically. Ibuprofen, maybe, in case you get a headache, but viagra is probably unnecessary (unless you need it for something else you plan to do while you're there ). Just stay hydrated, take regular breaks, and you should be fine with the altitude.
          Good to know - altitude sickness is just one of those things everyone carries on about....though I know there's not much to be done in any case.
          Will def carry Ibuprofen - for headache AND leg aches ; )
          I'm thinking the "10 to a bed" mountain huts won't be conducive to any viagra inspired monkey business! but that's a really funny thought...
          ~Rhonda

          "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda

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          • #20
            My mom used to make home-made beef jerky for our back-packing trips. And we always carried Toblerone bars.

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            • #21
              Acclimatizing properly is far better preparation than any medicine for dealing with altitude sickness. The general rule we tell tourists out here in Colorado, where a lot of them come to climb 14k' peaks, is to spend 1 night above 7000' for every 1000' you plan to climb ABOVE 10000'. So, for you, that would mean it is ideal to spend two nights above 7000' (if possible, I don't know your itinerary).
              Subduction leads to orogeny

              My blog that I don't update as often as I should: http://primalclimber.blogspot.com/

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              • #22
                We're still closely monitoring the Japan disasters here - looks like they won't be sending DH's squadron over right now - but the current news is that the thousands of US military dependents in the area may soon come to Guam (at least temporarily) - so the bases are in a tizzy making contingency plans for tent cities....The governor of Guam is trying to work out something with the hotel association so that any refugees (japanese or military) can be housed in the hotels instead....in any case, we are all really hoping that nuclear situation is contained soon!

                Still trying to plan for a mid April trip to Palau for diving and our mid July trip to meet up with DD in Tokyo and climb Mt Fuji - but it's all pretty contingent on the developing events. (Trying hard not to be a selfish toddler about all this - stupid earthquake!)
                ~Rhonda

                "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda

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                • #23
                  A few nuts and some cowsheart jerky. Not quite as tasty as regular jerky but better for you.
                  In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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