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Sorry chaps, I didn't mean to cause any undue concern! I am safe and well in Yuzawa after exploring the Mighty Granview yesterday.

Pics will be posted when I get home. Heading up to Naeba for the festival this morning!

Also should add, thanks for the route advice Muika. Glad we were prepared for the extra distance to 76. It's been a tough couple of days climbing with loaded bikes, so unexpected detours wouldn't have been ideal!

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Tempted to move to the area, MagSeven?
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Phew! You had us all worried there a bit.

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Looking forward to it, the full report. Obviously will take a while to all get typed up.
I have skied at Mt Granview.

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View PostWizz, on 27 July 2014 - 04:04 PM, said:

Looking forward to it, the full report. Obviously will take a while to all get typed up.


In triplicate, please.

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Still too excited it would seem!

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Back up in Hokkaido now after a very long trip home via bike, train and ferry.

Few photos:

Sado Island
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Sado really is an amazing place to cycle
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Sunset on the west coast of Sado
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Steep hills and tough cycling through Niigata towards Yuzawa
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Wild camp near Tsunan
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The highlight of the trip
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Luxury resort facilities
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Pure gnar
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Heading out of Yuzawa towards Naeba
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View down to the festival site at Naeba
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Main stage
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All in all, an excellent week seeing a new part of Japan. The festival was great, some really good bands, lots of beers and not much sleep. And of course, we saw the mighty Mt Granview.

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Nice!

Did you hike Mt Granview?
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How did you like Mt Granview, MagSeven?

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Impressed.
Probably somewhat over-awed, I would guess.

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Spectacular!

Was there much snow left up on the peaks?
I have skied at Mt Granview.

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View Postfukdane, on 30 July 2014 - 04:04 PM, said:

Nice!

Did you hike Mt Granview?


To be honest, I'm afraid we didn't tackle it. I was realistic about my mountaineering abilities and thought it wise not to take the risk. We just had a quick drink stop and a look around the impressive base area.

We were pretty knackered after some long days cycling, and knew we had an onsen hotel waiting for us just up the road in Yuzawa!

View PostWizz, on 30 July 2014 - 06:34 PM, said:

Was there much snow left up on the peaks?


Not much that we saw, just a few patches here and there.

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Made a short video of the cycling trip, and of the festival itself. Have a watch, if you're interested!



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Looks like fun!

How heavy were the bike packs?

(And it now occurs to me to wonder, why is it called Fuji Rock, when it is nowhere near Mt. Fuji?)

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The first one was next to mt Fuji......but after being washed out by a typhoon they decided to up sticks and find a better place
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Mt Fuji is where you find Matsumoto Castle and Japanese bathing monkeys....all in Hakuba.
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View PostMetabo Oyaji, on 31 July 2014 - 10:11 PM, said:


How heavy were the bike packs?



Not sure exactly how much our kit weighed. We carried everything for camping, cooking, wearing etc so we were lugging a fair amount of stuff. It definitely made the bikes handle differently, but you get used to it after a few km. Hard work going up hill!







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