We left on the "Team Caterpillar" bus around 11 am. We stopped several times along the way for food and bathroom breaks before finally arriving at the 5th station around 7:15 pm.
|My family at the rest area|
It was recommended to be at the 5th station (2,305m) to get your body adjusted to the elevation change for at least an hour before starting. So we all grabbed some noodles, drinks, got all our gear ready to go and took lots of pictures. You could feel the adrenaline pumping through the 20 of us, and the other hundreds of people there.
|My family at the starting point.|
|Our crew of 20!|
There were little stations several places along the way. At these stations you can sit and rest and at some of them there are people stamping walking sticks and selling food. Some had sleeping mats. Each of these places were so crowded.
|Man stamping walking sticks at one of the stopping stations.|
|The 7th station. Only 1076m to go!|
|Hundreds and hundreds of people hiking the Fujiyoshida trail.|
The part I was most worried about was the altitude. You hear horror stories of how sick people get from it. Surprisingly I never had an issue and I never needed to use my asthma inhaler or the oxygen we brought. The group I hiked with was very cautious though and when we started to get a headache or our hearts raced we would stop to adjust.
The whole goal of hiking through the night is to arrive at the top by sunrise. Sadly all the other thousands of people have the same idea. It was like being at a rock concert at the end trying to get through the trail to reach the top.
|Almost to the top|
|Sunrise at Mt Fuji|
Just after sunrise I found Matt and the kids and boy was Emily and Chris tired. I really am so proud of them. How many 11 and 14 year olds can say they climbed all night long to the top of Mt Fuji?
|Chris & I at the top|
|My family at the crater of Mt Fuji|
|Our decent down|
|The top is very bare and sandy. Once you hit about station 6, there is more trees and such.|
You can see many more pictures here.