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How to climb Mt. Fuji:
Part 2 - Climbing Gear

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What to dress and what you should bring with you

Let's talk about how you should wear when climbing Mt. Fuji.

Is Mt. Fuji cold? Hot?

Every 100 m above sea level the temperature gets 0.6 C lower, so even when it is 35 C at the sea level, when you reach Mt. Fuji 7th Station (2.700 m high) the temperature should be about 19 C and at the top of Mt. Fuji it is about 12 C. At night, it gets even colder and the lowest temperature can be lower than 5 C.

Part 2 - Clothing and Climbing Gear

Clothing

In summer, despite the altitude it is still hot at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and there are always people suffering from dehydration and heat stroke. Therefore, it is necessary to have clothes for hot and cold weather, and we recommend you to dress in layers to keep your body warm as the temperature decreases.

Sunscreen / UV Protection

From the 6th Station there are no more trees in the trail and you will be directly exposed to the sunshine for many hours, what can cause sunburns. Wearing tank tops will leave your shoulders unprotected and having a sunburn when you need to carry a backpack is not pleasant, so avoid this situation by wearing long sleeve shirts.

Wearing a hat and sunglasses is also advisable. The sunshine will hit the back of your neck for many hours, so be sure to wear a hat that protects this area and be careful to not let the wind blow it away. Additionally, check the UV protection of your glasses!

Rain Gear

The weather in the mountains changes quickly, especially in summer. Even when it is sunny in the morning, you can face storms in the afternoon or night. It is not recommended using an umbrella in the mountains: it won't protect you from the rain and it can harm other people if it flies due to strong winds. Be sure to take appropriate rain gear with you and pack it in a place where you can take it quickly if it is needed.

Quick Dry Underwear

Wearing quick dry underwear is really important. During the day you will walk a lot and sweat, or can get wet with rain, and if it doesn't dry quickly, at night it will get cold and lower your body temperature. In some cases, it can lead to hypothermia. 

Cotton clothes are good to absorb sweat, but they take a lot of time to dry. Invest in clothes made of high moisture absorption and quick drying materials such as polyester. And if you get wet, dry yourself as soon as possible.

Hiking Boots

It is possible to climb wearing sports shoes, but we do recommend high cut hiking or trekking boots that will protect your ankle. If you are planning to wear shoes that you haven't been wearing for a while, check the shoes sole, since it is not uncommon to see cases when the shoe sole has come off.

Headlamp

If you are aiming to see the sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji, it is necessary to bring a headlamp, since you will need to climb in the dark. You will need to use your both hands in some parts of the trail, so handheld flashlights are not recommended. LED headlamps are brighter and consume less energy, so if you are buying a new one it is a good option. Be sure to bring extra batteries too.

 

Water

There is no water fonts in Mt. Fuji. To avoid dehydration and altitude sickness, it is important to drink a lot of water. It is recommended to take 1.5 to 2 liters of water with you. In the Yoshida trail, you can buy water at the mountain huts during the ascent, but there are no huts in the descending route, so be sure to save water for when you go down.

Helmet

 

Mt. Fuji is an active volcano, and there is always the risk of eruption. If the eruption danger increases, you will have to start descending immediately, and especially on Yoshida trail where the number of climber is far superior to the other routes, the chances of accidents are higher.

Regardless of eruptions, there is always the danger of being hit by rocks falling from higher areas so it is advised to wear a helmet. In the Yoshida trail, you can borrow a helmet at the 6th Station.

 

Dust Mask / Hiking Gaiters

Going down the mountain can be harder than you imagine. As many people walk at the same time, it can get dusty and pebbles might get inside your shoes, so wearing hiking gaiters and a dust mask can make you more comfortable. The mask can also be used to protect you from volcanic ashes in case of an eruption.

Mobile Battery

Electronic equipment, as smartphones and cameras, are almost indispensable for climbing nowadays. But, at mountain huts, it is almost impossible to charge them, since there are not enough power outlets.  It is better to have a spare battery for emergencies.