Be safe when climbing Mount Fuji
Mt. Fuji official climbing season is quickly approaching! Conquering this peak is on many people’s must do list for Japan but don’t let the number of people who tackle this mountain each year fool you. Mt. Fuji is still a mountain and proper planning is necessary for a safe climb.
“Don’t forget to bring extra yen for the bathrooms and gifts at the summit.”
- MWR Recreation Director Thomas Durning
Mt. Fuji rises 3,776m (12,388ft) above sea level causing many people to experience some level of altitude sickness. While symptoms vary from person to person, some common ailments include headache, tiredness and nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop and rest for 30 minutes before proceeding. Pain relievers and plenty of liquids can help with reducing the headache. If you experience extreme symptoms such as severe headache, vertigo, vomiting, loss of appetite, or dizziness, you should immediately descend the mountain.
The other major concern while climbing Mt. Fuji is weather. Due to its high elevation, the weather conditions can change quickly and drastically. It is best to be prepared with several layers of clothing that you can put on, or shed, as needed. Items such as a long sleeve shirt, transition pants (pants to shorts), hat, gloves, beanie and rain shell/jacket.
Hikers should avoid heavy cotton clothing as it does not dry quickly.
On a clear day, the sun on Mt. Fuji can be brutal. Take steps to protect your skin by applying sunscreen routinely throughout the day, wearing a hat, drinking plenty of water, and even wearing a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms.
With some preparation, you too can conquer Mt. Fuji.
Be sure to pack: Sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, sun hat, sturdy boots/shoes, extra socks, jacket, pain reliever for altitude sickness or soreness, and hiking poles/Mt. Fuji stick.
Things to bring when you climb Mount Fuji:
• Warm jacket
• Long sleeve shirt
• Heavy socks (wool)
• Hat (with a visor) and beanie
• Cotton gloves
• Small towel
• Toilet paper (tissue)
• Headache medicine
• Comfortable shoes (boots)
• Rain gear (jacket and pants)
• First aid kit
• Sun glasses
• Water (two liters minimum)
• Nutritious snack food
• Gaitors for descent