On Sunday,11th April, I hiked up to JA/AT-018 Mt.Daibutsudake. Snow remained there and I had to walk along the abandoned road for 3 hours to the mountain foot.
It took me 3 more hours to the mountain top from there as I had to find good crossing points over two small rivers.(busy and no photos,sorry)
The weather was fine and my activation was successful on 40m CW with 16 QSOs.
On my way back,I put on my crampons as I felt that the snow became unstable and slippy on the steep face.
With crampons I could walk fast and easy, so I kept on walking with crampons on to the crossing point over the small rivers.(no photos)
After I had crossed the last small river, when I made a few kick-steps on the snow wall, the wall collapsed all of a sudden. I felt my left crampon hit my right leg.
As soon as I crawled up on the snow wall,I rolled up my pant and found that my sock was red with blood. Even though the Rolling Stones’ “Let it bleed” is one of my favorite albums,I couldn’t leave it this time.The wound was about 5~6cm wide and deep enough to see the muscle.
So I checked that the scar was not dirty and put on the Hydrocolloid plaster, and tied up with my towel firmly. Very slowly I stood up and checked that my right leg was movable. I was sure of my victory to myself at this point because I have read the story about Doug Scott who climed on The Ogre in 1977 and broke both ankles at over 7000m. He crawled on his hands and knees all the week-long descent to the base camp alive.
It took me an hour to the mountain foot point and 3 more hours walk along the snowy mountain road in the dark to my car.There are a lot of bears in this area but as I was screaming with pain every 2 minuites,I could keep animals away.
Thanks to the Hydrocolloid plaster,I could stand 2 more hours’ drive home with little pain.
And thanks to Doug Scott and Chris Bonington, of course.
6 days later
12 days later
I’m OK now, thanks. 73