WSD-F20 Development Story
15:02 HEADING DOWN
After a refreshing break on the mountaintop, it's time to enter the endgame of our trek.
Bracing themselves, the climbers start down.
After spending some time enjoying the view from the peak, the climbers started back down via the Shirakumobashi Course route. It is about 2.8 kilometers to the foot of the mountain and early spring days are short, so they had to hurry to their goal.
Compared to the Miyukigahara Course, the Shirakumobashi Course is a route that is rich in natural beauty, such as rocky areas, forests, and more.
Trekking can make your thighs and calves scream, but descending shifts the load to your knees. Fighting the tendency to let momentum take over causing you to end up running down the slope, you need to concentrate on keeping the same stride length the same as what it was when trekking.
As soon as we started down, we ran into a tough rocky section.
On the way down the climbers run into various different rock formations. The Shirakumobashi Course has ancient rock formations at ten locations, including Hokuto Rock and Benkei's Seven Retreats. These spots are great for taking short breaks, and they also present the opportunity for taking fun photographs.
Commemorative photo in front of Hokuto Rock.
At Benkei's Seven Retreats. Kayo looks as if she is picking up a giant rock!
Following the area of massive rocks, we found ourselves walking through a beech forest.
After getting past the area of massive rocks, came a gentle slope, which scenery that remains the same no matter how much you walk. With the sun slowly sinking in the west, there are few people on the in the area. The trail is relatively simple with no branches, but there is always some uncertainty when taking a trail for the first time.
KAYO OKADA: When you get tired of walking, you can start to become impatient about reaching your goal, creating the risk of losing your way. At times like this, it is a good idea to use ViewRanger to check the route. Not only can you check your current location with an on-screen map, a navigation feature provides a sense of security. Of course, a mountain trekking map is always best when trekking, so never forget to have a paper map along as well.
Whenever we needed to, we could use ViewRanger to check our route. (Above shows a simulation of use.)
TAKESHI OKADA: Sunset when on a mountain can be dangerous. With MOMENT SETTER, a notification automatically reminds you when sunset time is approaching, ensuring that you are ready when it arrives. The TOOL app can also be used to display your current location's sunrise and sunset times based on GPS location information. You can also find out the sunrise and sunset angles.
The watch let us know when it was getting close to sunset.
We used TOOL to check the sunset time and angle.