Sunday, 23 March 2008

The concrete steps

Japan is quite famous for making concrete and even in the mountains you can find fake wood steeps and guard rails made to look like wood but in fact they are concrete. Mt Kakuda is no exception and in the photo above you can see the concrete steeps leading up a steep section of the trail. In New Zealand we have a government dept called DOC Department of Conservation who takes care of our national parks and does such such work as track building & the up keep of Mt huts & education programs etc. I think New Zealand's DOC could teach the Japanese a thing or two about building & maintaining Mountain tracks as the concrete steps above were lashed together with fencing wire which had in some places broken. In general the track that we used was in rather good condition for a track that gets such a lot of use.

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