Japan Alps Traverse Day 2: As some of you already know, I'm very smart. In light of my above-average intelligence, I neglected to check the weather before deciding when to begin this hike. Thankfully, we've begun in what will turn out to be the heaviest rains of the year and during our first full day of hiking, it stops raining exactly zero times.
Time between water sources was a big concern of mine prior to starting this hike because ridgelines (where most of this trail will be) are not particularly famous for holding lots of water. However, today there is no shortage of life's nectar; it's raining so much that we can literally fill our bottles with the vertical rivers that have appeared on all the trees.
We make it to our first shelter of the trip atop our first (named) peak of the trip, Shiratoriyama (4,222 ft / 1,286.9 m), where we decide that the best course of action will be to take a nap and wait out the rain. At the end of said nap, the rain hasn't gone anywhere.
Having not made a very respectable amount of progress for how late in the day it is, we decide to continue through the rain to the next shelter near the summit of Inugatake. The trail itself is in rather good shape and there's plenty of infrastructure to help navigate the slippery climbs and descents.
When we make it to our day's destination, we still haven't seen anyone else (they all probably checked the weather). We scuttle inside, explode our packs, and hunker down for the night after a dinner of ham and cheese wraps (I've convinced @teehandles and @paularoydhouse to go stoveless with me on this hike). Hopefully, tomorrow we wake up to sunshine.
Day: Trail Camp to Tsugamisanso (Inugatake)
Distance: 7.75 mi / 12.47 km
Cumulative Distance: 9.05 mi / 14.56 km
Elevation Gain: 5,575 ft / 1,699 m
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 6,848 ft / 2,087 m