Monday, March 31, 2008

Craig Stanton of New Zealand is going to walk from the south end of Japan to the north end.

The 27-year-old Takapuna man hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada last year, and this time will start at the southern tip of Japan and finish at its northern cape.

His route will take him through mixed terrain and over mountain peaks, including the Japanese Alps.

Mr Stanton says he "didn’t want to sit at his desk all day".

"There are shrines and temples to see and hot springs to sit in. It would be great if there was one at the end of each day walking," he says.

"I’m a bit nervous about the weather. I’ve heard there are cruel winters in the north with drift ice and snow storms."

I googled around and found his websites. It does not appear that there is an Appalachian Trail like Trail that runs through the islands. So he will have to do a lot of rod walk in congested areas. But will hike trails for much of it.

PCT Journal

Japan website with blog.

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