A Japanese proverb states, "He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool." I now rest comfortably in the sweet spot of that proverb. I've done just enough climbing to be wise, but not enough to be a fool. Success!
A cloud forms at the summit of Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan. At it's peak, the mountain reaches a height of 3,776 meters. That's 12,389 feet for anyone who likes unit conversion.
Retaining walls protect against erosion on the mountain caused by the mass number of annual climbers. Hundreds of thousands of people climb Fuji each year.
A group of colorful climbers takes a lunch break near the summit.
A climber surveys the cloudy view from near the top of Mount Fuji.
A woman places a coin in a torii gate just before reaching the peak of the mountain.
Emily Powell works her way through a cloud while descending Mount Fuji.