Piolet d'Or 2009 & Exclusive Interviewby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Mar/2009
This news story has been read 4,714 times
Many of these climbs were detailed in the UKC end of year article: Super Alpine by Kevin Thaw.
UKClimbing have an exclusive interview with Japanese Giri Giri Boy and double Piolet d'Or nominee Yusuke Sato.
The Japanese Giri Giri boys are well regarded throughout the world of mountaineering, but an air of mystery surrounds them and their philosophy. Little is known about the climbers themselves and as we find out in this interview, their hardest ascents often go under the main media radar. Their 16 day route climbed in Japan last year ranks amongst their finest achievements.
Two of the Giri Giri boys were tragically killed recently in Alaska, bringing the total number of members down from seven to five.
Just who are the Giri Giri boys and what are their plans for the next year?
“I'd say the hardest climb I have ever done was in Japan. We called it 'Crossing Kurobe'. The route took 16 days to climb and is named after the river Kurobe. Actually the whole mountain range is called Kurobe too.”
Read More in this: UKC Interview
The biggest UK mountain festival is over for another year. This weekend, Kendal was once again the hub for a gathering of... Read more
Mina Markovic has made the second female ascent, after Natalija Gros (2008), of Histerija, 8c+, at Misja Pec, Slovenia. The... Read more
Fred Moix has put together what he calls "an illustrated interview" with Alex Honnold. In between some onsight solos in... Read more
In May this year, Jon Griffith and Will Sim made the first ascent of a new route in Alaska on the North West Face of Mount... Read more
British Mountain Guides Mike 'Twid' Turner and Tim Blakemore have just returned from the Kichatna Range in Alaska with a... Read more