Hakkoda Group Photo: 'The Snow Monsters of Hakkoda' by Nick Russill
photo taken at: 3:02 pm 26 Feb 2015
The Snow Monsters of Hakkoda
Japan | Hakkoda Group
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Mount Hakkoda overlooking Aomori is one of the snowiest place on earth. The snow monsters are the tops of pine trees. The lower slopes contain several hot springs but also fumaroles that vent potentially lethal gas. Hydrogen sulphide is denser than air so it tends to collect in topographic hollows. If you smell this 'bad eggs' gas move to higher ground. Ski touring until late spring can be exceptional.