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Topic - Japanese Alps - Daikiretto

James1982 - on 19 Jun 2012
Not sure how familiar people will be of this but we're planning on doing the classic 3 day Kamikochi loop hike in mid July and wanted to know if people had any specific knowledge of a section of this hike called the Daikiretto.

Essentially looks like a narrow ridge which you descend and ascend with the help of steel ladders, platforms, etc.

I'm fine with this but am nervous my girlfriend will struggle with the exposure. The Lonely Planet guide says no specialist equipment is required in summer but other websites suggest it's madness to do it without ropes, etc.

Anyone got any experience of this route? If so do you have a view of how it compares to some of the ridges in the UK, such as Crib Goch, Striding Edge, CMD Arete, etc? Does it need any rock climbing skills or just a head for heights? That sort of thing.
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