松本 省二 Shoji Matsumoto
Mountain backcountry guide in Saku, Nagano
I started going into the mountains because I wanted to snowboard on a variety of slopes. I have experienced the charms of various mountains throughout the four seasons and have been blessed to meet friends who enjoy the field, and I am now working as a mountain guide.
・ Japan Mountain Guides Association Mountain Guide Stage I ・ Japan Mountain Guides Association Ski Guide Stage II ・ Japan Avalanche Network Professional Member ・ The North Face Athlete ・ Languages: Japanese, English
We consider safety, communication, and growth to be important to our clients, who are the main characters of our tours. In mountain tours, smooth action with good communication leads to speed, which in turn leads to safety. We have the right number of people in our group for safety, and that is why we offer safe and relaxed tours.
Q: What is your most memorable experience in nature?
The most impressive thing I have done recently is to develop new rock ridge routes. I made a route called "Dry river rock peak traverse" with my friends on Ogawayama. I was anxious and excited to find a line on a rocky mountain with no route and to connect one route to another. The feeling of anxiety and excitement of "What is going to happen next?” was thrilling.
Q: What does nature represent to you?
I started enjoying the mountains because I wanted to snowboard on slopes other than ski slopes, and from there I was blessed to meet many people in many different places. I would like to continue my activities in the future, being grateful for the opportunity to be in nature.
Q: What has nature taught you?
We continue to learn the importance of carefully observing nature and deciding our own actions. For example, when skiing on a snow-covered mountain, will there be an avalanche? How do you deal with such uncertain risks while enjoying the mountain? I am always thinking about this question.
Q: What do you hope that people will get out of experiences with you as a guide?
We want to help you find your own way to enjoy the mountains. The sense of accomplishment of summiting a difficult route, the feeling and exhilaration of powder skiing, the tension of a steep rock ridge, the sense of oneness with water and the mountain when climbing a stream, lunch in a beautiful setting, sweets and hot springs after a day on the mountain… We offer tours suited to each season, and we hope you will discover new ways to enjoy them.