Mt. Norikura

Every year my friends and I cycle up Mt. Norikura – usually three times over a weekend. It’s one of the biggest mountains in the Japanese Alps and renowned among cyclists throughout the country. The summit, just over 3000m, is higher than anything the Tour de France usually goes over and it takes at least 17kms of continual climbing to get there.

Strange as it seems it’s usually one of the highlights of my year. I’m yet to discover anything that compares with the satisfaction of reaching the summit and the anticipation of the awesome decent that always awaits.

I took a film camera with me but it stopped working at the start of the climb. So I hid it in the bushes and relied on my iPhone.

By the way, we’ve just moved apartments so don’t have the Internet yet. Consequently this is post is directly from my iPhone.