Hiking Safety Tips

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Hiking Safety Tips

Masahiko Hiromoto | Outdoor Recreation
The Mt. Fuji hiking season runs from the first of July to the end of August. Hiking begins from the 5th Station on Mt. Fuji where the altitude is about 2,347 m. (7,700 ft.) while the altitude at the summit is 3,761m. (12,388 ft.). Mt. Fuji is a challenge to hike, even for those in top physical condition. It is important to make the proper preparations ahead of time and be sure you are in good physical shape for strenuous hiking.

Changes in elevation and temperature are severe. Even if it is a summer day below, the summit may feel like winter. The terrain of Mt. Fuji varies from walking on a dirt path, to loose lava stone, to actual mountain climbing. Above 2,438 m. (8,000 ft.), the air becomes very thin and can make breathing difficult. Let your steps be slow and steady so you don’t suffer from mountain sickness.
Hiking Safety Tips

Prepare for Quick Weather Changes
  • Layer clothing
  • Bring rain gear
  • In case of thunder and lightning – seek shelter at the closest station until storm passes
Beat Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration
  • Drink water frequently
  • Remove layers as you warm up
Prevent Hypothermia
  • Add layers as you need
  • Stay Dry
  • Eat
Remember Sun Safety
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Bring sunscreen and reapply every two hours
  • Remember; even if it is cold you can still get sunburn
Keep Altitude in Mind
  • Less oxygen
  • Common effects: Headache & fatigue
As Always Safety First
  • Stay in the designated trail
  • Hike with a buddy
  • Snack throughout the day
For more information about Mt. Fuji or to sign up for a trip, please contact Outdoor Recreation @ 253-3822.
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