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Akadake: blessed cold

500 Yen buys a donation to the spirit of the mountain on a day where every ounce of energy and smarts was needed to make it through the blizzard. Summit reached, though descending the mountain was more difficult, still a little jittery from the adrenalin climbdown.

Mountains? No better place to escape from the traditional cash-register Christmas and over consumption that seems to mark the winter break.