Keita Kurakami


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Born in Gunma prefecture, Japan, on December 1985, Keita grew up surrounded by mountains in eastern Japan. His mountaineering carrier started when he was a child, as his parents often took him to the mountains in all seasons. Keita went on to become a professional climber with trad ascents up to E9 and the first all-free rope solo of The Nose on El Capitan under his belt.


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News Harris New Routeing Spree by MacLeod and Kurakami

Dave MacLeod and visiting Japanese climber Keita Kurakami recently added three new hard trad lines to Creag Mo on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. Dave had already added four new lines to the crag in the past, most recently The Mighty Chondrion E7 in 2017 and vowed to return for one particularly stunning slab line at the right hand side.

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Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

It's not built for serious Scottish winter abuse, but for sweaty mountain activities, from ski touring and mountaineering to hillwalking, the lightweight Ascensionist shell would be a big hit, reckons John McKenna.

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Patagonia have something of a reputation when it comes to creating cult classics, and the Nano Puff is one of them. So how does its lighter cousin fare in comparison?

Down Jackets

In this group review we test out a range of down jackets. Our review brief was to test 'standard mid-weight down jackets that are suitable for a range of uses for the British climber'. What we wanted was a do-everything jacket - the kind that virtually every UK climber...

Patagonia's Women's Nano-Air Hoody

There's been a big buzz around Patagonia's Nano-Air Hoody with rave reviews and a '2015 Outside Gear of the Year'...

Patagonia Adze Jacket

The Adze jacket is Patagonia's "all mountain" softshell jacket – available with a hood ("Adze Hoody"), and without ("Adze...

Mountain Hard Shells

In this review we outline the important things to look for in a hard shell, then compare eight men's and women's jackets we've had...

Mid Layer Fleeces

Dan and Pegs Bailey test out a selection of lightweight fleece tops for men and women.

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Patagonia - Shell, Yeah!

Patagonia is the first in the industry to make all shells with recycled materials and sew them all in a Fair Trade Certified factories. That's what is being celebrated with their Shell, Yeah! campaign. The focus is on the achievement - causing les...

Introducing The Patagonia Micro Puff™ Collection

The Micro Puff™ Collection was created for days when you need one piece of insulation to do it all—for startstop activities in cold climates, when space in your pack is crucial and temperature changes inevitable.

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018

It's that time of year again! Let's all go out and give our crags, hills and woods a spring clean (yeah alright, we know it's autumn already)!

The Micro Puff Hoody: Patagonia's lightest, most packable insulated jacket ever.

Down gets wet and loses its heat-trapping loft whilst synthetics never...

Patagonia High Alpine Press Event

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