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  1. I wouldn't bother with snow shoes. An inefficient way to travel in the BC. I used them when I did my AST course and wasn't impressed (I can't remember what brand they were but they were decent quality, might have been MSR). I also found that they got in the way when trying to get a probe/shovel out of my pack as I had to de-attach the snowshoes to access the avi rescue equipment pocket. This will depend on your pack but I noticed other participants having the same problem. This wastes valuable time and having to faff with your pack would be much harder when you are under the pressure of a
  2. The qualifications vary a bit depending on which country they trained in. I would recommend searching online and looking at a few guiding company websites to get an idea of what qualifications they should have. I would like to give you a link as an example but Dave would prefer me not to give a link to a guiding company, sorry. They should have as a minimum something like a CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 certificate (level 2 would be better) and some sort of first aid training such as Wilderness First Responder training. It is also important how much experience they have guiding peopl
  3. No worries man. I don't know if I will be around at the beginning of Jan yet but I am sure we can work something out closer to the time when I know what my plans are. If the desiccant is anhydrous calcium sulphate (gypsum) it is non-toxic but you won't be eating the stuff anyway, unless you get the snow sickness and start believing that you can only eat things that are white. I will check what is in the one I bought from the hundred yen shop and let you know. We could go on some tours through simple terrain when you are in Yamagata if you like.
  4. Doesn't look like anybody has mentioned it but you can stay at roadside stations (道の駅 michi no eki) all over the country. You can search online to find out where they are and what amenities they have. They should always have toilets and some have baths, shops and restaurants. It is quite popular for Japanese people to stay overnight in their cars/campers at these roadside stations. On national holiday weekends the car parks get pretty full. I would recommend staying at these places so that you have toilets nearby and don't have to worry about parking illegally. Some convenience store car
  5. Glad to hear you won't be heading out there on your own. You can take the AST level 1 course in Hakuba and Niseko. I don't know if there is anywhere else that offers courses in English. Be careful with guides in Japan. Many of them don't have proper qualifications to be considered guides like in the States/Canada/Europe. Always ask what qualifications they have. I would also recommend buying gear in the States before you come. It will be so much cheaper.
  6. Did you climb those mountains in winter? Do you have any experience of travelling safely through avalanche terrain? Do you have any avalanche training? As gozaimas mentioned, you should get warm clothing in case you need to spend a night outside in an emergency. I would recommend a synthetic puff jacket (down loses its insulation properties when it gets wet). You can also get emergency blankets or bivvys made from a thin reflective sheet. They don’t work very well unless you are already warm, however, as they only reflect body heat. They don’t insulate. You shouldn’t go into the
  7. Thank you for finally answering my question. You are fumbling here though. All the comments about future data are irrelevant babble as we obviously can’t know the future. We can, however, predict what will happen based on current trends and climate models. As you have said, three years is not enough to show a trend. Why are you so fixated on basing everything on the last three years? Why not look at the last thirty? You know that you can’t make an accurate prediction based on just three years. Also, by current data I mean the last 100 years or so as opposed to data from “hundreds
  8. Holy sweaty polar bears Batman, these tights don't fit! I'm sorry Batman but I am going to give it one more go, ill fitting tights or no. Sidekick antics aside, you have once again failed to address my questions. You don’t seem to follow what I am saying so let me lay it out for you again, even though I am repeating myself. 1. You are making two separate claims. First, the climate has cooled and warmed in the past and the effects of these natural cycles will continue. Second, the climate is currently cooling. Do you understand that these are two separate claims? 2. Cycles in
  9. There is still snow on the mountains and people are still skiing them so it is not the end of the 12/13 snow season yet.
  10. Or you know that you can't offer a convincing evidence based counterargument so you are not going to even try. Basically, GN shot down your argument and you can't pick up the pieces. If you disagree, prove us wrong and write a rebuttal addressing the points in GN's post. Also, you haven't replied to my post at the top of the page. So everyone can take that as an admission that there is no cooling trend. It's okay everyone, snowdude is no longer claiming that the Earth's climate is cooling. Essentially, snowdudes argument makes two claims. First, the climate has cycled naturally in
  11. Hey snowdude, how about you practice what you preach and try to read and understand GN's post. Your first two questions were already answered in his post: Also, I am waiting for a response to my question. How can data from the last three years both ‘show nothing’ and support your claim that the Earth is in a state of cooling? Or should we take your silence on the matter as an admission that the last three years do not in fact show a cooling trend?
  12. Oh dear, it looks like I gave him another toy block. Hmm. You may base the fact that the climate cycles on thousands of years of data but you are claiming something separate to that. You are stating that the climate is currently cooling. You contradict yourself by first saying that 3 years of data 'would of course show nothing' and then go on to say that some parts of the Earth being colder in the 'past three years' backs up your 'point that the earth is in a state of cooling.' How can data from the past three years both mean nothing and back up your argument? I do find i
  13. Go Native, you have to remember that when you give snowdude information your are giving a toddler some toy blocks that he is trying to fit into some shaped holes. Unfortunately, he seems to only have one shaped hole to fit all of your blocks into and none of them fit. Rather than finding a new hole, he will always proudly keep on bashing at the hole until enough parts of the block have broken off for it to fit. Don't take his hole away from him, he loves mindlessly bashing things into it. Snowdude, if there needs to be 10 years of cooling for 'record purposes' (i.e. to show a trend
  14. There is an article about three confirmed climber deaths in Nagano today: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/07/national/three-climbers-die-in-mountaineering-accidents/#.UYhlN6KBkSE One man's body was discovered near an avalanche from April 27th on Mount. Shirouma. Another person thought to have been caught in the same avalanche is yet to be found. The avalanche was on the Saturday before last. There was a fair bit of fresh snow that weekend but it is not clear if the climbers triggered the avi or if it was natural. After doing a bit of reading online, it seems like a woma
  15. Well, it sounds like you don't want to do any actual touring (long hikes) so I don't think you need a guide. That would also be quite a large group to be going into the backcountry with. There is plenty of good inbounds skiing with lots of fresh powder in the smaller resorts in Hokkaido. It will mostly be tree skiing so you should be happy. There aren't that many big open spaces at Japanese resorts (the top of Niseko being one exception). Travelling around Japan is quite easy. It can be a bit complicated and daunting at first but there are often people around who are more than wi
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