Update: Seven Summits And Otsuchi’s Curtains of Love

The good news (at least for my feet and knees) is that the Otsuchi seven summits curtains of love project, begun 18 months ago, was completed on Friday 25th October, 2013.

And here’s yours truly at the top of the 9F, celebrating stair climb # 1627, the last one.


The date and time (5pm) may not mean much to anyone else but it marks the end of a long vertical slog. I figured on 12 months to wrap it up but a combination of Tokyo’s summer heat/humidity, occasional knee problems, holidays and respiratory illnesses (colds etc) added another half year.

Still, it’s good to be finished and not have the ‘pressure’ of yet another day’s climbing to do and log. Even though, many times the round trip climbs were therapeutic in that I was physically active for 6 to 10 minutes at a time, the last six months did often feel like a ‘grind’.

Some statistics. I climbed on 301 days an average of 5.4 times daily – approximately 151 meters.
The total vertical climb was 45,556 meters (28.3 miles), ending up somewhere in the upper stratosphere.

otsuchi curtains of love


The next step is to find out how to get my 45,556 Yen to the Otsuchi project, assuming it is still operational.

If that’s not possible then I’ll find another of similar value in the Tohoku region.

– Mark O3 McClure

Movember MoBro

I wrote ‘Longer Life‘ in 2008 about Dan Fogelberg’s life, work and untimely passing from advanced prostate cancer.

Next month, I’ll participate in Movember (as the site says, “the month formerly known as November.”)

Education about this disease is a major factor in helping fund research into better treatments.

I’ve therefore signed up as a ‘MoBro’ and encourage you to check my profile out at: http://ex.movember.com/mospace/6718317.

movember-mark-mcclureIf you are able to donate some ‘cash for the tache’, then great.

Please also share this post on FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter.

Expect a photo taken on or around 30 November with the grizzly details for all to see.

– Mark McClure

And here’s a before and after update, as of 1 December: