lunchtime at the summit of Mt. Tanigawa
On Sunday, June first, my school’s mountaineering club along with the club from Takasaki Girls’ and some university students went hiking with Junko Tabei, the first woman to have reached the summit of Mt. Everest. We climbed Mt. Tanigawa, outside of Minakami. There were about 50 people there, so we split into groups of about 10 people. Most of the students wanted to hike with a friend, so we were in the last group, which was mostly teachers and university students.
Mt. Tanigawa is known as an evil mountain because many hikers have perished on the Niigata side of the mountain. The Gunma side seemed pleasant and sheltered from the harsh winds that Tanigawa is famous for though. In fact, even though there was snow covering the trail in places, it was actually quite warm for most of the time, so I found myself hiking in short sleeves and wishing that I had worn more lightweight pants.
We had a really fun time, and I’m looking forward to the next mountaineering club event.
The final ascent up a snow-covered slope | Junko Tabei | descending