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Perhaps that should be A Step into the Future. Whatever - a cracking face climb with buckets of exposure. The bolts have been renewed and repositioned, for the better, it has to be said.

Climb the lefthand line up the lower slab to the foot of the steep arete. Power up the arete on its right to an obvious traverse right. From the end of this, finish direct at a lower-off, or continue up the short slab to a tree.

Ethic: inherited from Japan

There`s not a lot of information about climbing in Japan in English. Much of the information is only available in Japanese - or of course here on theCrag!

The Japan Free Climbing Association ( is a good point of contact and there is a set of 5 guidebooks (all in Japanese) and an alpine guide book in English available covering all of Japan and its thousands of sport and trad routes and boulders.


Route History:

There is no known route history.


Located in Karesawa approx:
Lat/Long: 35.901077,138.627643

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