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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Rabid K9, Mar 25, 2010.
Thanks, top stuff!
Brilliant work Rabid, Well Done!
Thank you K9.
Will you be having question time after the last post??
This is thread is hands down THE BEST on this forum
You are the dog!
Hankering to try out a Gentem stick for a while...you rented it?
I love it doggy style!
double, no triple, no quadruple entender!
Nice work Rabid
All of us snow voyeurs here collectively owe you all the time you spent stopped taking pics instead of banging in some big deep turns. Well done.
Rabess aquited herself well behind the lens too.
The Kutchan local authorities should slip you some accom and a season pass for 2011 for the undoubted boost in numbers this post will bring.
We look forward to the wrap up.
As usual, thanks for the positive feedback, writing this humble little trip report has been a pleasant bit of creative therapy. Have been reading some good solid adventures on splitboard.com, getting me excited for some sound, butt clenching big mountain terrain in the Southern Alps in the not to far future....
Tangent - I'll get to rough costs in summary.
Sidestreet - Short question time allowed.
Gizzoxx - That's just dragged this highbrow, role model of morality post down to new levels!
Toto - Hired the Gentemstick from the showroom, can't remember exact price (around 1800 or 2400Y) but was a bargain especially if compared to day hire of a standard bland factory plank! Quite a few different models available for hire depending on your taste but sizes targeted at smallerish riders.
Malibu - Shooting photos is a pleasure, obviously some days / times excitement overcomes me & just want to ride, but generally as a frenetic 'kelpie' type personality, stopping to shoot gives me some moments to slow down & 'focus' no pun meant. And if the relevant Kutchan people are giving good stuff away.... I've got a long list of backcountry to get back into about those parts!
It sounds like you should put off having a litter for at least another couple of years - we'll need another fix of this stuff in 2011!
now I've forgotten what I wanted to ask you.
awesome stuff... this is living the dream !
Rabid......great reading. I sort of wished now that you did not post this last chapter now. But lets face it....it's no secrete.
Good stuff. Got me through some slow days here at work!
So when is the final instalment due out K9 ?
Just stumbled on this report - great stuff K9 and Rabess..truly inspiring
how'd you go lugging the big canon around with you?
me thinks our four legged friend has gone to Aotearoa....
Bump! There was the promise of a summary piece (awesome Niseko BC section BTW)......
Patiently awaiting the promised summary.........ok not so patiently.
K-9 WHERE ARE YOUUUUUU!!!!!!
Aotearoa I think
Not yet, two weeks away!!
Small apologies for the extended procrastinate on final chapter, have been toiling my canine bollocks off! The wrap will be done shortly, complete with not previously seen photos....
Magnificent TR from start to finish. I came across it looking for info on Myoko and have found about 10 more places I want to visit.
If you have time K9, please let us know what kind of gear you used and how it held up over the course of the trip.
Yes, great pics and a good read. well done.
Hello R K9.
I just wanted to say that this was one of the best travelogues I have read.
You write with a great style and you obviously know a lot about the places that you have visited and correctly name geographic, flora and fauna. I found the personal observations and supporting images really interesting as part of the overall goal of highlighting your personal quest & ski adventures. Bit of a feel for the camera as well - with not just ordinary shots...
Either you do a hell of a lot of research or you are a wizard at trivia.
I loved your expression for cute sono snow boarding japanese girls and the remarks about mini skirt length in the snow. Japanes girls in mini skirts have curiously become a welcome feature in Brisbane in recent times - so i couldnt help laugh because I knew exactly what you meant.
I am looking forward to riding the GONDORA'S In Jan 2011 in Niseko.
If anyone else from within the forum is going to be on the ground in Niseko 16th Jan - 24th Jan let me know. Maybe we can organsie a forum Meet & Greet!!
Thanks for sharing - it was a great adventure.
Tomorrow will be one month since the promise of it being completed "shortly".
Fame comes at a price poochie. Get the led out!
maybe need to get the lead out
K9 seems to have the worlds's most indolent case of rabies ever
WOW. That took me ages to read through from start to finish. Sore eyes, sore neck and I loved every bit it. Top job Rabs and way to make me ever more writhing in anticipation for my trip this coming season. Looking forward to the finale to this tale of epic snow and awesome landscape.
Ungrateful bunch of internet pirates, the next chapter will come when I'm good & ready, currently I am neither of those things!! And it's helping to build anticipation for the coming season of orient express snow goodness!!
And I have a another TR to get happening as well....
Bring it on, we are all blardy waiting!
look out sara the K9 bites
Thanks Rabid for this report.
Like others, I thought that it was compelling reading and I could relate to much of it and couldn't stop.
It is the best report I have come across in this forum or any other forum for that matter. Thank you again and you have set the benchmark.
Thanks heaps for the great report.
Can i ask what sort of Patagonia Jacket your wearing and if it was warm enough for Japan?
Fred, look at where you asked last time and the answer is there.
Thanks heaps for the report. Quick question, what's the Patagonia Jacket you're wearing, and was it warm, dry enough for Japan?
sorry for multiple postings -computer says mistake
Bro as I posted above, Rapid answered your question in the other thread you asked in.
Thanks very much for the trip report. It has certainly more than filled in time; actually inspired me to continue to expand horizons and explore with my young family.
Thanks again, very motivational. couple of questions if that's alright
i'm trying to get a picture of terrain in Nozawa for a vist this Feb (wifey and i spent a week in Hakuba and Cortina lst yr)
Have they cut the runs across the fall line as it appears in most images, would you recommend If you had experienced better swow condition? It looks very limited in the diversity of terrain
Also - did you make it to Zao, if so what were your impressions+
PM Fat Boy - he'll be able to help re Nozawa. Or maybe put the question on the general Japan thread.
Pretty sure Rabid didn't make it to Zao. You can check out Zao on wikiski - http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Zansen and this thread - https://www.ski.com.au/xf/posts/1031519&page=5
Thanks Myoko Guy
PART XV: THE ENDâ€¦. OR MAYBE THE BEGINNING!
Despite my penchant for perfectionism & itâ€™s evil twin, procrastination, I always keep promisesâ€¦. and so a brief few paragraphs I wrote somewhere back in Spring to round out last years long running trip report. Few photos, because as guessed by many, a whole new trip reports on the way shortly to hopefully help reinvigorate the stoke & positivity amongst the audience of this forumâ€¦.
After a quite dinner with out in the Hiraflu with some of the cheery, young Englishâ€™s also staying at the lodge, we sadly dry off & pack our gear, as more Hokkaido fluff wafts through the forest by our room windowâ€¦.
The morning brings a replica of yesterdayâ€™s glorious conditions, we wake early & Iâ€™m gazing longingly up towards the back bowls, which I know will be primed & largely empty again today. The piggie is loaded, snow cleared off, affectionate goodbyes from the lodge crew, who seem stoked to have our energy around over the past few days & rumble generally east via rural roads towards Chitose. The GPS steers us down quiet backroads, suddenly snow becomes heavier again & we meet some winter closed roads.
A comfortable morning drive turns exciting as we suddenly realize only my best Aussie rally driving is going to get us to Chitose in time to make our mid-morning flight. Being early is overated & I thrive on the thrill of being late. Eventually the snow covered piggie slides out onto some main road along the east coast. Largely snowless & now with good viz, weâ€™re back in the race! A high speed fuel pit stop, some wild eyes, folding monies flying & weâ€™re away.
The wayward GPS is still repenting for it previous misdirection when it sends us on another chase of wild poultry! Admittedly, the gigantic motorway entrance is vast enough for Transformers to drag race, but in typical engineering addicted Japan, goes absolutely nowhere! As we look for a safe place to turn around on the giant empty concrete expanse, a lady in a medium size wagon blindly ploughs straight through a Stop sign & into where the passenger side of the piggie would have been!! Only years of misspent youth throwing cars sideways, many more dodging erratic marsupials & free range bovines & some blind luck saves a poor trip endingâ€¦.
Back on the right path, we freight through snow & sun showers all the way to Chitose & make up some lost time. Still stretching to make our flight, the hire car attendant is thrown into a tizz that results in many tight shuffle circles & gratuitous bowing as we try to speed him up. We manage to convey the fact that we are in a rush, but he insists we unload our gear before filling the car with 10L of fuel, than reloading our gear. Sure weâ€™re definitely firetrucked now, Iâ€™m walking a few tight circles myself, somehow his safe grandpa driving gets us through the final few kilometres of seven thousand intersections & weâ€™re onâ€¦
As we bus through the giant disorientating metropolis of Tokyo a few hours later, we try to absorb all the little & large Japanismâ€™s, before our return to â€˜normalâ€™ life. Iâ€™m looking forward to going home where I grow, hunt & catch my own food, see & accept people of all races, look women in the eye, smell the eucalypts, run for miles along empty coastline with not a fragment of concrete in sight & immerse myself in our temperate southern seas. But Iâ€™m dreading the return to our ignorant â€˜boganâ€™ culture, an obese society where healthy people are the exception, arrogant smokers who discard lit cigarette butts, mindless graffiti & petty crimeâ€¦.
Outside Narita, we stand in the cool, hazy late afternoon sun watching people form perfect polite lines & pensively reflect on a memorable trip in this crazy, stranger than fiction countryâ€¦.
sick, bring on this years's report
yes bring on 2011 !
love the last paragraph
Best read I have had for a long time K9,and I am an avid reader.I actually felt quite sad when I got to the end as I know you did.
I guess I will feel much better when I get to Myoko and Nozawa next Feb!
Just spent the last three hours reading this TR from start to finish. Eyes sore, neck stiff and back aching but all I can say is, bloody brilliant!!