Superb but hard experience on Mount Iide, July 28-30, 2017 (飯豊の集い に参加して 2017年7月28-30日)

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I participated in Iide-no-tsudoi or Mount Iide climbing tour promoted by Yamatomachi, Kitakata City, where the summit was located. It was a 3-day tour with two overnight stays at a mountain hut. Mount Iide (2105m) was known as a sacred mountain which was best suited for experienced climbers, as well as an attractive mountain where beautiful alpine flowers start blooming right after the thaw. It was designated as one of the best 100 mountains in Japan. Although I was still a beginner hiker, I challenged the mountain this time by joining the Iide-no-tsudoi party in order to experience the superb mountain. The excellent party took best care of every climber’s security with experienced leaders, local fire and police officials attended. I was grateful to all of those who supported for the safe trail tour. Photo above was a beautiful Chinguruma plant blooming in clusters at a little walk from Kiriawase mountain hut toward the summit on the second day.

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Talking from the beginning, on the night before the tour I stayed at a private house or “minshuku” as shown above, at a small village of Kawairi which was the nearest village to the starting point (Osawa camp ground) of the tour.

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On the first day, the party started climbing with all the 43 participants and 11 leaders and security support staffs, from Osawa camp site at Kawairi. We headed for Kiriawase mountain hut (1769m) in the middle. It was a hard climbing for me (but not for everyone) with steep rocky trail of Kengamine and Akaiwa. There was no photo for this day because I was busy keeping pace with the party and also because it was a rainy day. We all reached the goal of Kiriawase hut in the late afternoon, which looked like as shown above on the right end early next morning. The mountain in the center was Mount Iide.

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In the next morning we started toward the summit of Mount Iide. First, we met with a stone image called “Ubagongen” as shown above.

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Then we came to another risky rock climbing place called “Ohisho” as shown above. The photo was taken after passing the site.

Climbing toward the summit, we found some of alpine flowers as shown below.

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Photo shows pretty violet flowers of Hakusanfuro or Geranium yesoemse var. nipponicum.

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Photo shows a cluster of Takanetsumekusa or Minuartia with pretty white flowers.

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Photo above shows violet flowers of Yotsubashiogama or Pedicularis japonica.

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Photo above shows indigenous species of gentian called Iide-rindo which grows only on this mountain.

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Finally we made it to the summit of Mount Iide (2105m) as shown above. This was a first order triangulation point.

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On the return trail we could see Nikko-kisuge flower field on the right slope as shown above. We spent another night at Kiriawasegoya hut tonight.

In the neighborhood of the hut I could see some other flowers as shown below. There were many of them around.

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Photo shows orange flowers of Kurumayuri or Lilium medeoloides.

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Photo above shows blue flowers of Takane-matsumushiso or Scabiosa japonica var. alpine.

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On the third day, we left the hut and headed toward the starting point at Kawairi. On the way we were lucky to find pretty pink Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum flowers along the trail as shown above.

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The party finally arrived at the goal or the starting point with all members safe. I was the last member to goal. I really appreciate the full support by leaders and security staff members otherwise I might not have made the goal safe. Finally we had a nice Yamato-soba lunch which was a great local specialty at Iidenoyu rest house which looked as shown above.

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All of us were given a certificate of the accomplishment as shown above. I believe this Iide-no-tsudoi tour promoted by Kitakata City is an excellent occasion for those who want to experience climbing to Mount Iide for the first time.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. But this time the GPS trace was not complete or accurate maybe due to device problem.

Beautiful Lilium rubellum habitat on Mt. Asakusadake, June 27, 2016 (ヒメサユリ に魅せられ 浅草岳 へ 2016年6月27日)

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(Lilium rubellum on Mt. Asakusadake, Tadami Town, June 27, 2016, 浅草岳 山頂の ヒメサユリ 只見町 2016/6/27)
Photo above shows beautiful flowers of Lilium rubellum or Himesayuri in Japanese grown naturally on the summit area of Mt. Asakusadake. The plant is an endangered one which grows only in limited habitats in Fukushima and adjacent prefectures.

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Mt. Asakusadake (1585m) is located on the border of Fukushima Pref. and Niigata Pref. One of the entrances of the trail is located along National Route 252 beside Lake Tagokura as shown above. I rented a motor-assisted bicycle at Tadami Station and pedaled from a private inn I stayed the night before to the entrance point.

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Although the mountain is medium in its height, the trail was difficult to track for me. The trail path was so narrow it was scary for acrophobic person. Steep climbing continued and there were rock traversal, rock climbing, and crossing streams. It took me ten hours round trip. But I could experience splendid mountain scenery such as shown above.

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Approaching the summit, I encountered the first pretty flowers of Lilium rubellum as shown above. The habitat of this plant is limited to the area close to the top of the mountain.
頂上に近づくと、ヒメサユリが現れました。(写真) 自生地は、頂上付近に集中しています。

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I finally got to the top as shown above with the third class triangulation point.

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(Lake Tagokura from Mt. Asakusadake, Tadami Town, June 27, 2016, 浅草岳 山頂から 田子倉湖 只見町 2016/6/27)
From the top, I could overlook Lake Tagokura as shown above.

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(Lilium rubellum on Mt. Asakusadake, Tadami Town, June 27, 2016, 浅草岳 山頂の ヒメサユリ 只見町 2016/6/27)
On the summit plain, flowers of Lilium rubellum were in full bloom as shown in the pictures above.

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(Lilium rubellum on Mt. Asakusadake, Tadami Town, June 27, 2016, 浅草岳 山頂の ヒメサユリ 只見町 2016/6/27)
Some other close-up views of Lilium rubellum are shown above.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. The GPS trace ends halfway during the return route due to battery expiration.

【2014年6月22日】 只見町 の ヒメサユリ 自生地 訪問 (June 22, 2014: Habitats of Lilium rubellum at Tadami Town, Fukushima Pref.)

本日は、只見町 の ブナセンター 主催の、ヒメサユリ 自生地の自然観察会に参加しました。 プナセンター を出発し、百合平 (ゆりだいら)と、入叶津 (いりかなつ)の2箇所です。
Today I attended nature watch event of visiting habitats of Lilium rubellum at Tadami Town. We started from Beech Center of Tadami Town and visited two habitats; Yuridaira and Irikanatsu.

The location and the actual route were shown in the map below. (The route data were from GPS log data. This time I found some errors in GPS data and I corrected the route in the map.)
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最初に、ブナセンター 内、ただみ・ブナと川のミュージアム の、ヒメサユリ の自生地の説明を紹介します。
First, explanation panel in the museum of Beech Center regarding Lilium rubellum distribution at Tadami Town was shown above.

最初に行った、百合平 (ゆりだいら)は、只見駅 から徒歩で、20分位のところにあります。自生地ですが、人が、年に1-2度、下草刈りをします。
The first habitat Yuridaira was located about 20 minutes' walk from JR Tadami Station. It was a real habitat; however men and women remove grasses once or twice a year at Yuridaira.

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現在、花はほぼ終わり、ごくわずか残っている状態でした。写真は、観察会の様子と、残っている一例です。 (只見町 百合平 ヒメサユリ 2014/6/22)
Today flower bloom was almost over and only few of them were left. Above photos show the view at Yuridaira and flowers of Lilium rubellum.

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次に行ったのは、叶津川 沿いの、入叶津 (いりかなつ)です。ここは、写真のように、急斜面が雪崩(なだれ)により削られ、岩肌がでているところ(雪食斜面)で、人の手が全く入らない100%自生地です。川の対岸で、遠くから見るしかないが、拡大すると、いくつか咲いているのが、わかります。 (只見町 入叶津 ヒメサユリ 2014/6/22)
Next we went to habitat at Irikanatsu area along Kanatsu River. Here as shown above steep slopes had been scraped off by frequent snow slides. Human has nothing to do with these slopes thus these habitats are 100% wild. We could not get close to those Lilium rubellums since they were on the other side of the large river. However, when I magnified the view I could find several flowers of Lilium rubellum there.

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只見町 は、ツキノワグマ が多く生息しています。ミュージアムに剥製の展示がありました。
There live many black bears at Tadami Town. The museum displayed some stuffed bears.

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また、只見町 で採集された、クワガタ の標本もありました。ヒメオオクワガタ (上)と、オオクワガタ (下)です。
I also found some specimens of stag beetles which were caught at Tadami Town.
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