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« Reply #15 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 02:57am »

I agree with the others -- you don't need the rescue beacon. If you have an emergency, it's FAR more likely to be on a road than on one of the relatively few real mountain trails, and you're never alone, especially after about mid-September when lots of people take to the path.

As for a hydration system, why not just take a couple of water bottles? Hydration systems are great if you want/need to sip as you go. I really prefer to rest at least five minutes per hour, which gives me lots of chances to stay hydrated. Also, I usually take sports drink, which you can buy in granular form in packets that make up one liter. If you put that in a hydration system, it will probably affect the taste of water in the system for a long time, which you may not always want to taste. The usual hydration fluid brands here are Pocari Sweat and Aquarius. You can buy them in cans and plastic bottles in most vending machines and in packets in grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores.
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 12:26pm »

on Oct 22nd, 2017, 02:57am, henrodon wrote:
As for a hydration system, why not just take a couple of water bottles? Hydration systems are great if you want/need to sip as you go. I really prefer to rest at least five minutes per hour, which gives me lots of chances to stay hydrated. Also, I usually take sports drink, which you can buy in granular form in packets that make up one liter. If you put that in a hydration system, it will probably affect the taste of water in the system for a long time, which you may not always want to taste. The usual hydration fluid brands here are Pocari Sweat and Aquarius. You can buy them in cans and plastic bottles in most vending machines and in packets in grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores.


I prefer to drink more often than once an hour so having drink available all the time without pulling up from backback all the time is time saver. And most of the time I'm drinking water. Sport drink is good but drinking 2-3 liters of that per day gets me cheesy I usually have half a liter of those in my henro bag and that covers me for sport drink section apart from very hot days.

Also having most of drinks on my backbag rather than say henro bag allows that weight be less issue. The more weight I have on backbag rather than elsewhere in my body the better. That way the weight bothers the strongest, most suitable for heavy lifting, part of the body. Loins!
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 6:04pm »

No need. Just wear trail runners such as Saucony or my preferred Altra Lone Peak 3.0. The journey is mostly on paved or hard trails. Even in the mountains the trails are fairly straightforward. The idea of hiking boots is really silly in my view. Biggest thing is to have great foot padding and I sugggest well padded hiking socks - lots of them.
IF you have a limit on time I suggest avoiding teh general obsession of walking every step and hopping through some urban areas. You can save about ten days of city walking if you plan well but others do not mind that and have the time. One couple was very worried about finishing but once they realized they could hop through about 50Kms of city they settled down and had a more pleasurable time.
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« Reply #18 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 6:07pm »

A rescue beacon is absolutly not needed. You are always on marked trail and even in the mountain parts it is very clearly routed. Only caution is on the peak before 88 where you must heed the sign and not go down the right route. The sign in Japanese says -- THIS IS NOT THE WAY! so pay attention. You can save a lot of money if you just have a couple of water bottles and fill them up instead of spending on Pcari at every turn. HYDRATION IS A MAJOR RISK AS IS SUN STROKE so pay attention and drink a lot of water.
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