Toads at Mount Fuji

Tokyo train station
Tokyo train station
You know you've been abroad too long when McDonald's looks good
You know you've been abroad too long when McDonald's looks good
This way to Mount Fuji
This way to Mount Fuji
Not much snow left in late July
Not much snow left in late July
Fuzzy at the base camp, also known as the "Fifth Station"
Fuzzy at the base camp, also known as the "Fifth Station"
Team Toad is ready for the ascent
Team Toad is ready for the ascent
The map upwards
The map upwards
Dan and Fuzzy at the Sixth Station
Dan and Fuzzy at the Sixth Station
No, Debbie's not pregnant...that's her purse.
No, Debbie's not pregnant...that's her purse.
The yellow arrow marks the trail.  Really.
The yellow arrow marks the trail. Really.
Fuzzy's arthritic knees negotiate the rocks
Fuzzy's arthritic knees negotiate the rocks
A well-prepared group of Japanese climbers
A well-prepared group of Japanese climbers
Each hut has its own brand you can have stamped on your climbing stick
Each hut has its own brand you can have stamped on your climbing stick
The Torii marks the trail
The Torii marks the trail
This rocky trail takes two walking sticks
This rocky trail takes two walking sticks
Dan, Debbie and Kelsey taking a break
Dan, Debbie and Kelsey taking a break
Debbie and Kelsey
Debbie and Kelsey
Dan, Fuzy and Debbie
Dan, Fuzy and Debbie
Dan and Fuzzy
Dan and Fuzzy
Almost at the top
Almost at the top
We slept overnight at the Fujisan Hotel at the 8.5 station
We slept overnight at the Fujisan Hotel at the 8.5 station
This Torii marks the summit
This Torii marks the summit
The sunrise seen from the top of the mounttain
The sunrise seen from the top of the mounttain
We made it to the top just in time to see the sunrise
We made it to the top just in time to see the sunrise
Note the Toad Sticker
Note the Toad Sticker
The Toads at the Volcano at the top of Fuji
The Toads at the Volcano at the top of Fuji
Getting our sticks stamped with the "Sunrise" brand
Getting our sticks stamped with the "Sunrise" brand
I couldn't have made it without the Alleve
I couldn't have made it without the Alleve
Panoramic view of the huts at the top of Mt Fuji
Panoramic view of the huts at the top of Mt Fuji
At the bottom, a new crowd of climbers gathers the next day
At the bottom, a new crowd of climbers gathers the next day
Google map of our climb
Google map of our climb
NASA photo of Fuji in Winter
NASA photo of Fuji in Winter