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The twin slabs, the left one squat and light, the right one slender and dark, high on the hill just across the river from the lodge offer excellent slab-climbing, but can be top-rope hell.


Access issues inherited from Ogawayama

Much of the information about this crag is from the online guide http://www.ogawayama.com/


Wander down to the river from the lodge and look for a cairn that marks the start of a path on the opposite bank. Cross the river wherever possible and follow the path, skirting Ani Iwa on its right. From the back of Ani Iwa, follow a path across to Mamako Iwa. You can also reach this point from Otouto Iwa. The path continues straight up the hill to the foot of the lefthand slab.


Ethic inherited from Japan

There`s not a lot of information about in English on climbing in Japan. Much of the information is kept in personal blogs or is accessed through joining a climbing organization.

Many of the routes are well protected, while other less climbed "sport" routes have loose pitons as protection.

The Japan Free Climbing Association does a lot of good work (http://freeclimb.jp/seibi/seibi.htm) but with some clubs and communities, many techniques and ethics are still passed down from old generations with outdated gear and techniques.

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Fantastic route - straight up the white streak on the narrow slab.


Another excellent route tot eh right of Ogawayama Story. Start a bit up and right of OS and straight up. The last bolts are a bit spaced, and crux at the top...




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