WSD-F20 Development Story
10:47 ON THE WAY
Altitude change will be 600 meters. Looking forward to enjoying changes in the trail, the scenery, the weather, and all the other changes encountered during a mountain trek.
The one-day trek up Mt. Tsukuba is underway.
Today's route is the Miyukigahara Course, which runs through forests of cedars, beech, and other types of trees nestled in the soothing quiet stillness of the mountain. Our two climbers enjoyed pleasant conversation as they make their way along the trail.
Though Mt. Tsukuba is included as one of Japan's most famous 100 mountains, it is not that high and it is well-known as being a relatively easy challenge. That being said, the change in altitude from the trailhead to the top of the mountain is approximately 600 meters, which is pretty substantial walk that is perfect for first-time climbers.
Those who don't feel they can make the entire trek on foot can take the cable car to go up or down, or both.
During a climb, you can keep an eye on ACTIVITY to check your elapsed time, distance traveled, remaining altitude change to your goal, and more. The display is refreshed each time you view it for up-to-the-minute feedback that can serve to increase your motivation.
Using ACTIVITY to check our current status as we advance step-by-step.
Messages appear on the watch screen to notify you of the best spots to take a rest. The notification function of MOMENT SETTER can be configured beforehand to let you know when it is time to have something to eat or drink, which is information that is extremely important when on a mountain. This means you can devote your entire attention to enjoying the natural beauty around you without worrying too much about the timing of your rests or refueling.
Thanks to MOMENT SETTER notifications, we know when it's time to refuel.
Next our climbers came upon giant cedar trees that are hundreds of years old and view point of the vicinity of the cable car. The trekking surface was constantly changing, from a well-worn path, to a stone covered slope, and then to something else. Trekking in the shade of the trees is so refreshing, with the gentle sunlight filtering through the foliage creating a refreshing glow.
We marked the location of the cable car on a map. You can even dictate and record a message, if you want.
After about two hours, our two hikers came up something that was entirely unexpected for the spring season... Snow! The weather suddenly changed completely and surrounded them in glimmering snowflakes.
Even when a forecast calls for fair weather, we sometimes wonder if we should prepare for rain, just in case. With the weather app, you can check the weather right before you start out and prepare yourself accordingly.
KAYO OKADA: Mountain weather can change suddenly and we really recommend the weather app, especially when you want to find out about the latest local precipitation information. The weather app shows cloud conditions in your area and even cloud movements, so you can judge when it might start to rain and when it should stop, which is valuable information when planning your movements.
A glance at the screen provides an idea of rain cloud conditions in your current location. It rains just a bit with the fine weather returning, providing a sense a relief about the weather. Just a little further to the top.
Thanks to MyRadar, we found out that there are clouds in the vicinity of the peak. (Above display shows a Japanese market app.)