GAJET hosted a socially distanced simultaneous hike on the various mountains in Gunma on November 3rd, 2020.
The coming of November brings with it the changing of the leaves from lush green to fiery displays of red, yellow, and orange. With this burning beauty alight in our mountains the urge to hike has once again overtaken the ALTs of Gunma, but with an added challenge:
How do we hike together in a pandemic? The answer: Simul-hike!
Donning our jackets, rucksacks, and bear bells we ventured up an assortment of mountains in small groups simultaneously, separate but together. We also created a shared Facebook Messenger chat in which we shared thoughts and pictures of our experiences in real time as we ascended for an extra sense of camaraderie in these lonely times. This year, daring hike leaders guided eager ALTs up five mountains, for a total of 23 participants!
Hello all, Loïc here, and I was the hike leader for the ascent of mount Asamakakushi in southwestern Gunma. The hike took about three and a half hours total including breaks and lunch, with four of us making the journey up: myself, Mikylah Mocknowed, Amy Jarman, and Travis Tokaruk. It was a blast, despite us having made the journey up WAY harder than it had to be. “Why?” you may ask? Well, because the mountain deceived us! There are very well defined runoff trails paths formed by thawing snow and rain Asamakakushi’s side, and we foolishly believed these were the correct path up. They were not, as many of them were up to 50% inclines that we had to climb by grappling from tree to tree like strange monkey/mountain goat hybrids. We felt like premium idiots on the way down when we finally noticed the gentle, sloping path working its way lazily down the mountain, the ACTUAL way we were supposed to take. Needless to say the descent was way easier. Despite that small incident though, it was still a great time and an unforgettable experience, the views at the top were well worth the struggle.
Photo Gallery coming soon.