Summer Youtei Hike

This week yielded 24 hrs that were undoubtedly some of the most memorable of my time in Niseko so far.

Setting out around lunchtime to hike a  mountain that seemed to be shrouded in mist seemed like an idea that ‘might’ be fun, luckily we trusted the weather report and were blessed with a day that cleared up into a star filled night sky with sunsets and sunrises that made you feel as though you were sitting on top of the world. Youtei isn’t huge by world standards but it towers above everything else close by…

Here’s 20 shots from our 24 hours on Youtei.

View to lake Toya on the way up.

View to lake Toya on the way up.

Konbu Dake poking up above a light cloud covering Niseko.

Konbu Dake poking up above a light cloud covering Niseko.

The last corner - view to Annupuri.

The last corner - view to Annupuri.

Arriving at the hut.

Arriving at the hut.

Somewhat epic sunset behind the Annupuri Range.

Somewhat epic sunset behind the Annupuri Range.

The view from the hut.

The view from the hut.

Getting cosy inside the hut - It was FREEZING outside!

Getting cosy inside the hut - It was FREEZING outside!

Star trails over Youtei's peak.

Star trails over Youtei's peak.

Getting creative and painting the hut in with my head torch on a long exposure

Getting creative and painting the hut in with my head torch on a long exposure

Hirafu at night, running back to the sea of Japan with the squid boats on the horizon

Hirafu at night, running back to the sea of Japan with the squid boats on the horizon

The crater just before sunrise

The crater just before sunrise

Making a cuppa for sunrise

Making a cuppa for sunrise

View across to lake Toya from the peak of Youtei

View across to lake Toya from the peak of Youtei

Lone hiker

Lone hiker

This way and that way

This way and that way

Rock-hopping

Rock-hopping

Crazy cool icicles that form under the top layer of dirt then grow!!!

Crazy cool icicles that form under the top layer of dirt then grow!!!

More crazy cool icicles that form under the top layer of dirt then grow!!!

More crazy cool icicles that form under the top layer of dirt then grow!!!

What was the old hut...

What was the old hut...

Youtei's immense shadow pointing to Hirafu

Youtei's immense shadow pointing to Hirafu

Michael and Jules – Cheers fellas! How good were the beers at the top!?

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