Cloudy views of nothing but rocks and the summit marker at the Mt. Shiomi summit.

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Hiking: Mt. Shiomi in the Minami Alps

The weather this August—torrential rain day after day for almost two weeks. One of my goals this month was to do plenty of hiking, with Mt. Shiomi (塩見岳) in the Minami Alps being the main objective. Mt. Shiomi is a mountain I’ve wanted to climb for some time now but never quite managed it.

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My wife and daughter at the summit of Mt. Futatsumori, Gifu.

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Camping and Hiking: Mt. Byobu, Tsukechi River, and Mt. Futatsumori

This month we went hiking first up Mt. Byobu (屏風山), followed a few weeks later by the last family camp we’ll do for a while because of the heat along the Tsukechi River (付知川), and an early morning hike up Mt. Futatsumori (二つ森山) that was supposed to be gentle but ended up being ruthless – steep, slippery, and humid – but worth it for the view at the top.

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