Having a taifun or other bad weather coming in over the weekend is not the optimal condition for going for a long climb. So, instead of enjoying three days in Kamikochi, we decided to climb a long river on Hakusan from the Gifu prefecture side, Oshiramizutani 大白水谷. This river starts right next to the entrance of the Gifu side Hakusan […]
Canyoning – very popular in Europe, not very known in Japan. While I have been climbing up rivers quite some time (see these blog entries), last weekend I had the first time the chance to do something resembling canyoning. The big difference is the main direction: During Sawanobori we mainly climb up, while during Canyoning we mainly go down.
Another hot weekend, another sawa (river) to climb. This time it is the Dainichi-sawa 大日沢 in Ishikawa. Sawa-nobori, or river climbing, is a sport practiced mostly in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. In Europe and the US, Canyoning, i.e., going down the river, is much more popular. Here in Japan I learned about the pleasures of merging climbing and swimming.