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Autumn Color — in Japan

1-Bunano-kai TMUAC Yokoyama - Ichinokura Tanigawa-dake-002

When this kind of photo is the standard, it’s quite discouraging for me to attempt a

substitute.  😀     This is a photo from one of the climbing club in Japan.

And this is the notorious mountain, Tanigawa-dake, otherwise known as the

Graveyard of the Climber.   When I went there (yet, the easiest rout “Nan-ryo”)

with many  younger members, — then one of them fallen from the face.

 = it was literally free fall of 10 m, while pulling out three anchor-pins.  

I could see him flying down mid air in slow motion.

But miraculously,  the man landed on his Rucksack, and tumbled half on the 

narrow terrace, stopped on its edge with small bruise on his knee ( that’s all ) !

While he was in the air, I was thinking  “Oh dear, I become the first leader to have

a fatality on the history of our club.  So the question is, how to carry his body =

carry him down on the tricky face or carry him up and ask rescue helicopter ?


—– After thoughts, I realized that, how cold-blooded man I AM !  

While seeing a man going to die,  still able to think how to deal with its body.

(But mind you, I had to take care of other member’s safety as well. — Remember,

Zen is not for shedding a tear but keep clear eyes on even the harshest moment.

—– Can any “Sweet compassionate mind” stop him fall ? — Joking. )

—– We simply gave-up the day’s climb and came down the face. 

It was a beautiful day like this photo of the Ichinokura.    🙂

(The link to the original photo —- http://www.bunanokai.jp )



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  1. bentehaarstad said, on October 27, 2014 at 10:39

    Nice, since the drama ended well. It is good to be cold blooded in moments like that, but I guess just after, you were all warm blooded again. Interesting to hear stories from your mountains, Yoshizen.

    • yoshizen said, on October 27, 2014 at 11:27

      Thank you Bente. To tell you the truth, I was a very emotional boy though, I didn’t know what to do.
      While having many painful experiences as a small boy, at least I learned “to watch and learn first” =
      pay respect and listen. It was the first step to curve emotional excitement, and short judgement.
      Harsh mountain climbing and the voluntary work in a mountain shelter(I spent 4 years as the youngest =
      lowest in the order = hard-working soldier) was the training ground to suppress the emotion.
      —– That’s what I describe “I learned the Zen in natural but hard way, in DIY” 😀

  2. drawandshoot said, on November 9, 2014 at 04:57

    the colour is beautiful. And I’m glad the story didn’t have an unhappy ending!

    • yoshizen said, on November 9, 2014 at 08:38

      The guy fallen is still keen mountain gower and skiing very often.
      And he seemed to have forgotten the accident till now. 🙂

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