Dispatches: Mt. Fuji in Pictures

An old Japanese proverb says "He who climbs Fuji once is a fool. He who climbs Fuji twice is twice a fool." But, 300,000 people every year undertake the 3776m (12389 ft) trek to the top of Japan's most iconic symbol. Starting at night, climbers have to battle plummeting temperatures, howling winds and throngs of Japanese hikers to reach the summit for an awe-inspiring view of the sunrise above clouds.

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