Photo courtesy Khaled Sulaiman

Sunrise from Kitadake

Halfway up Kitadake, Japan's second highest peak, we met a group of hikers on their way down, resting at a mountain hut. We struck up a conversation in Japanese, then realized all of them were Syrian. This is their sunrise, a nice reward after a cold night camping in the rain. We exchanged emails, unable to connect in any other way without cell signal at the hut. Our ridgeline views that evening and the next morning we were entirely socked in. On our way home, I received an email from Khaled with the views we missed by 24 hours.

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