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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - August 2, 1967, Tokyo, JapanRush hour on it. Fuji is it Worth it by spec. 4 Guy Woelk is staff Wriler Tokyo climbing it. Fusion a week end is like waiting at the Check out counter in supermarket on saturday after noon. You wish you had done you chopping sooner. I knew it. Fuji would be crowded when i began the climb Satin Day evening but i could imagine what Lay ahead. An estimated 32,000 people climbed the Mountain with me and i must have stumbled intall of them. The it. Fuji train still crowded at 5 . Saturday resembled a carnival on japanese crowded the aisles and were using their multicoloured Rucksacks As Beds an chairs. Sweatshirts labelled for Heyoung and the Young at heart were popular and i saw an Alli want is love Button on a floppy Straw to the Rucksacks were sneakers sandals can teens umbrellas and in one in stance a portable the train pulled into Fuji Yoshida where buses leave forthe fifth station on the Moun Tain i Felt i had spent the Las two hours in a Kaleidoscope. The trip up the Mountain was More subdued. By now it was nearly 10 . And Many of the people in the bus were asleep getting ready for the climb. Grasped firmly in their hands were Fuji climbing Sticks each adorned with two Small Bells. Some believe that their tinkling makes the climb easier. The climb was hard work Andy tired body nearly forced me to turn Back. The thin air affects your lungs and the fast beating of your heart is alarm ing at first. The worst part of the climb was the crowd. Most climbers Are Young though one May Seea Grandfather fighting his Way to the top usually clasping a tiny a few women make the climb. It requires no great skill Only Good physical conditioning and the desire to make it to the top. And maybe Strong elbows be cause it s a Gigantic Are usually four abreast. When the Trail Narrows to accommodate one at a time people Back up Cor hundreds of Yards. The last half mile should Takeno longer than 40 minutes but after you have frequently Wai Tedas Long As 10 minutes to move five Steps Forward it May take More than 14 hours. I got to the top weary an about 50 Yards Short of severe leg cramps half an hour before spectacular Sunrise. Miles of beautifully kept Countryside spread to the Hori Zon. Several Hundred Yards be Low Low Clouds drifted across the trails. For a moment one might thank the climb weary climbers dressed warmly for the near freezing tempera Tures at Fuji s Summit crowd through the Torii 10 Yards below the Sato offers plan or Vietnam peace water s rim. Is photos by Katsuhiro Yokomura Tokyo a japanese prime minister Eisaku Sato monday called for an immediate an simultaneous end to military action by both sides of the Viet Nam conflict to pave the Way for peace expressed regret that each Side is convinced of its own military Victory Over the other closing the door for mediator efforts by third parties. Speaking at the plenary ses Sion of the upper House of the diet Sato disclosed he has asked the United states to consider suspension of its air raids Over North Vietnam As a step toward peace talks. Sato said he believes that Ahalt in the . Bombing of North Vietnam will be a big Start toward peaceful Settle ment of the Vietnam War. But he added such . Action should be. Coupled with an Assurance from North Vietnam that it will Stop infiltration int South Vietnam. The prime minister said s position is that the bombing of North Vietnam should be stopped immediately and that All parties concerned should sit at a con Ference table to negotiate peace in Vietnam. He added that since the conflict is a common Issue of both North and South Vietnam the future of Vietnam should be decided by the vietnamese them selves. Sato reiterated his govern ment has been working for a peaceful settlement of the Viet Nam conflict with Independent approaches. He did not elaborate. He also disclosed he has Bee working on the soviet Union and its East european allies to mediate in the War. Sato said Japan will not co operate militarily in the Viet Nam War but is extending economic and medical assistance to South Vietnam. A socialist demanded that Sato visit communist China and North Vietnam and also meet representatives of the Viet Cong during his forthcoming visit to South Vietnam. Sato replied i Don t hesitate to do so but the present Situa Tion does not warrant had been Worth it All the none makes the mistake of looking at the Mountain itself. Tons of garbage lie. Scattered across the face of it. Fuji. They Are the refuse of generations of climbers who dump Beer cans pop bottles egg and Orang peelings and anything else they no longer want to carry. At the Summit you can barely find a clean place to sit. The problem is intensified bythe Lack of decay bacteria. The sterile lava combined with the oxygen poor air allows garbage to remain for years. Add the preserving Snow Cap for 10 months of the year and a Gar Bage covered Fuji at some time in the future becomes a depress ing possibility. If the View from the top does t make the climb Worth while the trip Back Down Moti Vates some. An attractive blonde one of about 15 Ameri cans i met on the Mountain said this was her third trip. She conies because of the scenery and because the lava slide Dow the Mountain is a lot of fun. At first i did t believe was inclined to agree with one girl sporting combat boots pistol Belt canteen and ammo Pouch who snapped yes it Smy first trip and my but that lava slide is an experience. A crushed lava Trail about 10 feet wide and a Foo deep lets you surf Down the Mountain. It s rough on boots and you have to Stop occasionally to remove gravel from be tween your toes but the final exhilarating effect is one of having skied Clown the Moun Tain. After coming Down the lava slide i walked Back to the fifth station stuck my head under faucet drank several cans of soda and massaged my feet while waiting for the 9 15 . Bus. Three hours later i Yasback in Tokyo. Was it Worth it since it Washy first climb the answer is yes. However i m inclined to agree with the Sage who said everyone climbs Fuji once but Only a fool climbs it Carol summer Hill daughter of sgt. Maj. Archie Summerhill right has a Boot full of gravel removed by her father on the lava slide Down it. Fuji. George Farrish left helps. Storm builds near iwo Jima Tokyo is a new tropical storm called Georgia was spawned in the South Pacific monday bringing the total of tropical disturbances now swirl ing around in the area to three. The joint typhoon warning enter on Guam said Georgia was 230 Miles Southwest of iwo Jima moving cast Northeast at 8 Miles per hour. The storm packs Center winds of 58 . Weathermen at Fuchter As said Georgia was expected to be 127 Miles South of iwo Jima by 3a.m. Wednesday. Other storms in the Pacific Are typhoon Ellen and tropical storm Ellen was 201 Miles Northeast of Marcus Island which is 1,200 Miles Southeast of Tokyo at 3 . said Ellen with Center winds of 81 . Was moving Northwest at 13 . And was forecast to be 300 mile Northwest of Marcus by 3 . storm fran was re ported 300 Miles South of Hong Kong tuesday morning with its strongest winds registering 59 .weathermen said fran was moving West Northwest at 8m.p.h. And was expected to Cross Over Hainan in the sout China sea Early wednesday. Pacific stars & stripes 7 wednesday August 2, 1987

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