Drawing: Mitsuaki Etou
Tsuneo Shigehiro decided to climb 100 mountains in Japan. And he did it in 123 days which is amazing.
Commonly climbers can climb only a few mountains in that number of days. This is very surprising because he is 48 years old. That is old for a climber.
On May 1,1996, Shigehiro climbed Mount Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture. This was the first mountain he climbed. Then after that, he climbed some of the mountains that people think are Japan's best mountains.
And at last about four months later, Shigehiro reached his goal. He climbed all 100 peaks. The last mountain that he climbed was Mount Fuji. He reached the summit which is 3,776 meters high.
Why do people climb mountains? One climber says it is thrilling. Another one says it is very satisfying to arrive at the top of a mountain. I think mountains have many charms for us.