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Gourd Rock

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 1
  • Aka: ひょうたん岩

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Description

Steep routes on medium to good quality rock. Some of them are "second pitches".

Access issues inherited from Horai

Ensure that you park in section "C" as "A" is reserved for hikers. If the parking is full drive down and park next to the bridge at the bigger parking on the other side of the river.

Approach

The sector with the shortest approach in Horai. Take a left just 50m afterthe bridge, cross the river and follwo the obvious path till a cairn where you start climbing steep to your right.

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 (http://freeclimb.jp/seibi/seibi.htm) 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.

http://www.yamakei.co.jp/products/2811180810.html

https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Alpine-Climbs-Japan-Climb-ebook/dp/B01ARU5KR0

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