Linton Rathgen called up Joe Pournovin one Spring evening in 2010, and said to him if there was one last thing he wanted to do before returning to New Zealand, it would be to climb Mount Fuji. But this was to be no ordinary climb. Linton wanted to do it from the sea - from the lowest point in Japan to the very highest. Joe, known to many of you already for the tremendously successful Tokyo Yamathon event, loved the idea, and the two set about recruiting friends for the epic voyage. There were not many takers, but the first Sea to Summit came into being early one morning of July last year with Linton's recital of the famous Japanese poem from the 13th century anthology Ogura Hyakuninisshu by Yamabe no Akihito, and ended 22 hours later at the summit of Japan's most iconic site.