We went climbing to a famous rock face located in Otsu City, Shiga. It is also recorded in Japan’s 100 famous rock faces.
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You can arrive at Otsukyo Station from Kyoto in about 10 minutes.
If you are coming by car, you can take the Kosei Expressway and get off at the “Oujigaoka” exit, which is only a few minutes away. Then, park your car in the spacious parking lot and walk to the climbing spot.
After hiking for several tens of minutes on the trail located behind the Hayao shrine, a large rocky area can be seen on the right side, which is the destination called Sengoku Iwa.
We started by climbing the “Normal Route 5.7” that we beginners could handle. A Shiga-based climber led us smoothly and set up the finishing point. Could we beginners climb it smoothly too?
We started climbing the Normal Route 5.7, saying “let’s go,” but it was difficult from the start, and we struggled with our short legs.
Although it took time and the rock was cold due to the season, we were able to climb it to the end, but our moves were amateurish. This time, we had a guest who was climbing and climbing outside for the first time, but we were able to climb it after taking some time.
We played on the Normal Route a few times and then attempted the “Impressive! 5.11a” on the main face. Shiga climbers lowered the rope at the finishing point on the way up.
Of course, we cannot climb 5.11, but if we say that, we won’t get anywhere.
We struggled at the subtly hanging first obstacle and played with it many times, but of course, we couldn’t climb it all the way. After five years, my husband and I, who have been steadily gaining weight without any sign of improving our climbing skills, will continue to enjoy Shiga’s rock faces while maintaining our beginner level.