Record number of climbers reported missing in Japan in 2012
Jiji Press -- Jun 13
The number of mountain climbers in Japan reported missing in 2012 hit a record high of 2,465, up 261 from the previous year and rising by nearly 50 pct over the past decade, police data showed Thursday.

Three-quarters of the total were aged 40 or over.

"As the mountaineering boom continues among middle-aged and older people, many climbers draw up challenging plans that do not suit their physical strength, make wrong judgments about weather conditions and head into the mountains underequipped," said an official from the National Police Agency, which compiled the data.

Source: Jiji Press
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