A journey has three parts; the start, the journey itself and the end. The sea-to-summit journey starts at Tagonoura beach in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan at 05:50 on Saturday 20th July 2013. Participants will walk in a increasingly steeper gradient for about 23 hours, culminating at the end of the journey upon arriving at the summit of Mt. Fuji, 3776 metres high, in a profanity laden outburst of joy and ecstatic chest thumping just before 4.30am, just in time to see the sunrise. Simple.
This journey is not just about physical endurance, it is a journey of spiritual, cultural and mental significance. Most climbers of Mt Fuji start from the fifth station, at an altitude of 2000 metres. The sea-to-summit journey is more than that - it is about taking up a challenge and doing it for a cause, whether it’s a personal cause or a symbolic act to show solidarity and support towards a charitable or worthy cause. Our cause is to support the wonderful work that Oxfam does. It is also about people from all walks of life (pun fully intended!) coming together to climb a mountain that is particularly spiritual and of cultural significance to our Japanese hosts. Click here to read one participants recount of last years journey!
Please click on this google maps link here to see the route that we will be taking this year.