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Cut your losses and forget about it

Once you’ve cut your losses, forget about it. Once the decision’s made, forget about it.

This morning I got partway up Mt. Hokari (lit. Mt. Mother Hunter), when the rain got a bit too heavy for me and I had to turn back. The main problem was my camera, I didn’t want anything to happen to it, if it was just me hiking I would have been fine. However, the path was mighty slippery, and it was quite a balancing act to get back down the short way I had climbed.

On the way back, of course the sun started shining. I even stopped at one point to check the rain radar, thinking I could maybe still make it up, I couldn’t believe how clear it had gotten. Fortunately the rain radar only confirmed that I was right about the rain not letting up, and it meant that I headed home. The good thing was, I cut my losses early, meaning I didn’t really lose out that much. Plus, Mt. Hokari is only about one hour drive from my house, if that, and I should have another chance this weekend.

If it was a further mountain, I most likely would have continued, and that probably wouldn’t have been for the best. Best to cut your losses soon, and move on.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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