About Us
@ The Hokkaido Wilds

About Us

The Hokkaido Wilds is a not-for-profit website that exists to inspire people to explore and enjoy Hokkaido’s extraordinary outdoors by ski, bicycle and foot in an informed and responsible way.

The Hokkaido Wilds had its beginnings with long time Hokkaido resident Rob Thomson’s personal travel blog 14degrees.org. Rob started blogging in English about the Hokkaido adventures he was enjoying with his wife Haidee, in 2010. This was driven mainly by wanting to let friends and family know what he was up to in this ‘foreign’ land. The drive to including detailed route information, however, was due to the lack of useable information in English regarding cycle routes, trailheads and other outdoor activities in Hokkaido.

Now, with more non-Japanese speaking visitors and residents in Hokkaido than ever before, Rob felt it was time to create a website that focussed more squarely on this awesome place that is Hokkaido. Hence, all the Hokkaido-related content from 14degrees.org has now been transferred to The Hokkaido Wilds, edited into a more easy-to-explore format.

As of 2018, much of the content on The Hokkaido Wilds was created by Rob and Haidee, but inspired by plenty of publicly and freely available information in Japanese. They’ve also had the pleasure of sharing adventures with other Hokkaido residents and visitors alike. As such, The Hokkaido Wilds is somewhat of a ‘community’ effort, focused on open-source, freely available Hokkaido outdoors information in English.

Where time allows, Rob wants to allow others to contribute routes and information to the site, to further build this resource.

How to Contribute to the Hokkaido Wilds >>

Keeping Safe in the Hokkaido Outdors

The Hokkaido Wilds(ザ・北海道・ワイルズ)は、北海道のアウトドア情報(主に自転車ツアールート、山スキールート、ハイキングルート)を英語で発信し、情報を十分揃った上で北海道の素晴らしいアウトドアを楽しもうという狙いで立ち上げた非営利ウェブサイトです。

北海道の本格的なアウトドアに関する情報は、英語ではとにかく手に入らないというのは、残念ながら現状です。北海道の通常の自転車ツーリングのルートに関して最近道はありがたいことにかなり力を入れていますし、Japan Cycling NavigatorウェブFacebookも充実した情報を提供し、他にも最近情報が多くなってきましたが、バックカントリースキーやハイキングに関してはまだ英語での充実した情報は少ない現状です。

日本語なら、北海道雪山ガイドをはじめ従来のガイドブックに加え、ヤマレコ、Yamapなど、ウェブを使って簡単に情報が手に入り、しっかりした下準備を済ませてから山にいくことができるのに対して、北海道の山、バックカントリースキー、アドベンチャーサイクリング(つまりキャンプしながら自転車旅をする)などを求めて急増する海外からの観光客は、ちゃんとした地形図さえ持たずにかなりわずかな情報を持ったまま山に行っています。当然ながら、冬山も夏山もガイドを雇って山に行くのはベストですが、単独で行くクライマーが多くみられます。The Hokkaido Wildsは、そのクライマーたちやアドベンチャーサイクリスト、つまり日本語で「現地」の情報が手に入らない来道の方や、北海道に住む方々のために作られたウェブサイトです

本ウェブサイトは北海道在住のニュージーランド人のトムソン・ロバート氏によって2018年10月に設立されました。ロバートは現在、北星学園大学文学部の専任講師(専門分野:インターネット心理学)として勤めていて、その以前は北海道大学の大学院生でした。もう北海道に住みついてはいますが、その前はユーラシア大陸を自転車で横断するほか、スケートボードで世界半周(12,159kmでギネス記録認証)、ヨットで大西洋渡航、スイス山岳地帯でアウトドア―教育インストラクターなど、様々なシーンでアウトドアで活動してきました。

その経験を背景に、トムソンはすでに長年にわたって、妻のヘイディと一緒に自転車、山スキー、ハイキングなどで北海道の各地で活動してきており、その道内の自転車旅や登山、山スキーのルートについてロバートの個人のブログ(14degrees.org)で2010年ごろから紹介してきました。2018年半ばごろにそのコンテンツはそろそろ北海道という「場所」を中心としたサイトに移行する時期に向かいましたので、現在に至りました。

2018年10月現在、The Hokkaido Wildsのほとんどのコンテンツはトムソン夫妻が作成したものです。ただし、日本語で書かれたガイドブックやネットでの情報なきではとても作れなかったコンテンツばかりです。また、当サイトの道内のアドベンチャーの多くは、他の北海道内外、日本国内外のアウトドア―好きの人々と共に経験したものです。したがって、当サイトはこれからも「アウトドア・コミュニティー」を重視した、北海道アウトドアに関する英語情報のサイトでありたいと願っています。

北海道の自転車、スキー、ハイキングのルート情報を提供する方法はこちら>>

北海道のアウトドアをより安全に楽しむための基本編

本サイトの連絡先

ザ北海道ワイルズに関するお問い合わせはトムソン・ロバートへお願いします(rob@hokkaidowilds.org – 日本語可)。FacebookInstagramTwitterでも連絡が付きます。

Authors

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds as a space on the web for his Hokkaido adventure stories, originally posted on 14degrees.org. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km). He also previously cycled 12,000km from Japan to Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science, and currently works at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo City as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communications (lab website).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years, having lived and worked in Sapporo, Niseko, Muroran, and Chitose City. Keen on the outdoors and birdwatching, Haidee planned most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds, including campgrounds, daily distances, and onsen hotsprings. Haidee is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Hokusei University.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds as a space on the web for his Hokkaido adventure stories, originally posted on 14degrees.org. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km). He also previously cycled 12,000km from Japan to Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science, and currently works at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo City as an assistant professor in media and communications (specializing in Internet pschology – lab website).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years, having lived and worked in Sapporo, Niseko, Muroran, and Chitose City. Keen on the outdoors and birdwatching, Haidee planned most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds, including campgrounds, daily distances, and onsen hotsprings. Haidee is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Hokusei University Junior College.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years. She is the brains behind planning of most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Contributors

Contributors are those who have helped The Hokkaido Wilds happen with photos, know-how, and stories.

Web and graphic design

A.k.a. The Hokkaido Bush Pig. As the most experienced and prolific foreign mountain guide Hokkaido has known, Leon introduced Rob to many locations shared on The Hokkaido Wilds. He now lives in New Zealand.