Hard of hearing climber reaches 100th mountain in Hyogo Prefecture

Kagawa Masaichi succeeded in reaching the top of the 100th mountain in Hyogo Prefecture
(photo: http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/shakai/0004508830.shtml)

September 14, 2011

KAGAWA Masaichi (64) , a Kobe City resident in the Hyogo Prefecture, traveled across 100 mountains in the prefecture over about one year and four months.

He lost hearing in the right ear because of a high fever when he was six months old. He uses the hearing aids in daily life.

He retired a drug company at the age of 60, and started thinking of mountain climbing once he had given up. He set up a goal to climb the 100 mountains in Hyogo Prefecture.

He begun climbing first on May 28, 2010. Every time he climbed a mountain, he marked the mountain in red on his map.

In mountain climbing by a Deaf/hard of hearing person, danger lurks. He cannot hear warnings of hearing mountaineers. Also it is difficult to ask for help.

Before climbing, Masaichi decided a route after studying the map and made a plan carefully checking other mountain-climbing records. He stuck the red tape as a mark at the turning point to avoid lose his way in the complicated mountain trail, either.

On September 13, 2011, Masaichi reached the summit on the last and 100th mountain "Miharaisan" (祓山: 773 meters high) at last,  He was glad that his goal was finally achieved. "I have continued this with my own mind to learn the beautiful nature."

His wife Yuriko (58) has accompanied him to 30 among the 100 mountains. "When climbing the mountain, Masaichi truly seemed to be a different person. It is hard for me to keep up with his pace, but we would like to enjoy the rich nature in Hyogo as long as we are healthy enough to move around."

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